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Michael A. Molony

Michael A. Molony
Michael A. Molony is chair of Clement Rivers, LLP’s Administrative, Insurance and Regulatory Law, Captive Formations, Commercial Transactions and Real Estate practice groups. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2007. He also serves on the firm’s management committee.

Mr. Molony’s Practice

Mr. Molony has a varied practice that includes handling administrative and commercial litigation, government and regulatory matters. He also focuses on captive formations and insurance securitizations.

Michael serves as an associate municipal judge for the City of Charleston and the City of Isle of Palms. He is also a certified Circuit Court mediator and arbitrator.

Michael serves as counsel for the First Insurance Securitization in South Carolina. He has also been selected as an arbitrator in a variety of cases, including matters involving Complex Business, Securities, and Aviation matters.

Earlier Career

Adjunct Professor in Business Law for the College of Charleston, 1983-1984
Staff Attorney for the State of South Carolina, 1976-1980
Sole Practitioner in Charleston, 1980-1985
Counsel to the South Carolina Housing Authority for the first Housing Authority Bond issue on December 6, 1978
Veteran of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Air Force Reserves, 1969-1975

Beyond the Practice

Mr. Molony is a licensed, instrument rated, private pilot. He is also a frequent lecturer at the Charleston School of Law, and a frequent lecturer on captive insurance, administrative, and business law.

Michael is an inducted member of the Washington Light Infantry, the Oldest Organized Militia in South Carolina (1807) and one of the oldest in the United States, formed after the American Revolution to prevent further British insurrection.

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Admitted to Practice

South Carolina, 1976
U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, 1976
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1991
U.S. Supreme Court, 1993


University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1976
University of South Carolina, B.S., Finance, 1973; M.B.A., 1977


  • Order of the Palmetto, the highest award in South Carolina for civic achievement, awarded in 1981 by Governor Richard Riley
  • Recipient of the 2003 Three Sisters Award presented by The Committee to Save the City, Inc., Charleston, SC
  • Recipient of 2004 Public Agency of the Year Awarded to City of Charleston Livability Court by Lowcountry Chapter, American Society for Public Administration
  • Carolopolis Award by Historic Charleston Foundation for restoration of property at 46 Pinckney Street
  • Recipient of Martin Luther King, Jr. Picture Award by members of Charleston City Council along with other Community Leaders
  • Recipient of National Innovation Award by United States Conference of Mayors, 2004

Memberships and Activities

Federation of Regulatory Counsel (FORC), At Large Director , 2017-
South Carolina Captive Insurance Association, Board of Directors, 2000-2004, Chairman, 2000-2002
South Carolina Judicial Council, 2000-Present, Current appointment Sept. 30, 2008 to June 30, 2012
South Carolina Administrative and Regulatory Law Association (SCARLA), Insurance Committee Chairman, 1994-Present
Charleston County Bar Association, President, 2000-2001, Executive Committee, 1996-1997
South Carolina Bar Association, Technology Committee, 1994
Study Committee for Revision of Alcoholic Beverage Control Laws, 1995
Study Committee for Revision of Municipal Incorporation Laws, 1990
Roper St. Francis Foundation Board of Directors, 1998-2008
Charles Towne Landing Foundation Board of Directors, 2003
Charleston Symphony Board of Directors, 1990-1992
Charleston County Procurement Review Panel, Chairman 1988-1990
Historic Ansonborough Neighborhood Association, President 1996-1997
Downtown Athletic Club, President 1996-1997
Hibernian Society, Committee on Letters, 1995, Irish Cultural Affairs Committee, 2001
Parish Council, St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 1996-1998
University of South Carolina Alumni Association, Life Member
South Carolina Historical Society
Historic Charleston Foundation
Widows and Orphans Society
Federation of Regulatory Counsel
Irish Historical Society
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, 1986-Present
South Carolina Aviation Association
Washington Light Infantry

Publications & Lectures

Success in a turbulent market, co-authored with T. Douglas Concannon and James T. H. Buxton, Captive Review, London, England, South Carolina 2008 Annual Report

South Carolina and Securitization, FORC Quarterly Journal of Insurance Law and Regulation, FORC Federation of Regulatory Counsel, Inc., Vol. XVI, Edition I (March, 2005)

Securitization New Option For Captives, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Business Journal, September 2004 issue

Great Leap Forward, Captive Review, London, England, South Carolina 2004 Annual Report

The Palmetto State, Let it Captivate You, FORC Quarterly Journal of Insurance Law and Regulation, FORC Federation of Regulatory Counsel, Inc., Vol. XIII, Edition I (March 24, 2001)

SC Enacts Captive Insurance Legislation, Committee News, A.B.A., Tort and Insurance Practice Section, (Winter, 2001)

Livability Court of the Charleston Municipal Court, Voice of America News Interview With Sean E. Liu, TV Production Specialist, Chinese Branch

The Attorney’s Role in Securitizations, Society of Life Actuaries (Panel), Quebec City, Canada, June 16, 2008

City of Charleston Ordinance Enforcement, College of Charleston, January 6, 2006

Securitization, SCCIA Annual Meeting, Charleston South Carolina, December, 2005


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