Molly Blythe and Shannon Smith have been partners since 2017, after they worked for several years together successfully on several high-profile cases. Together, Molly Blythe and Shannon Smith are known for tackling the hardest criminal defense cases throughout the state of Michigan. Most of their clients are facing life offenses and lengthy prison terms.

Molly is admitted to practice law in Colorado, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and several federal courts throughout the country. Prior to partnering with Shannon Smith, Molly practiced law as an associate at Smith Blythe, PC. Prior to founding Smith Blythe, PC, Molly practiced law as a criminal defense attorney in Ohio, where she represented clients accused of committing serious crimes, including rape, attempted murder, and allegations of child sexual abuse with her prior firm. Molly also gained experience representing professionals, namely physicians, accused of committing unlawful sex acts against patients. Many of the cases Molly has worked on ended favorably for her clients, whether it be with charges being dismissed prior to trial or in “not guilty” jury verdicts.

Over the course of her career, Molly has also developed a passion for defending those accused of inflicting severe physical abuse to children. She has worked on child abuse cases involving unfounded allegations in the context of severe injuries to children, abusive head trauma, unexplained factures, and allegations stemming from so-called Shaken Baby Syndrome. Molly understands that physical abuse allegations are particularly devastating to families and makes it a priority to keep herself well-versed and aware of all new developments in this area of the law, whether it be in understanding a person’s rights when accused of such crimes or understanding the nuanced medical facets of such cases. Molly also has developed substantial connections to the top experts working on these cases which makes her a valuable asset to Smith Blythe, PC.

Since she became a lawyer, Molly has also attended some of the most prestigious trainings for lawyers throughout the country, including Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College Defense of the Damned program in Dubois, Wyoming. She is also a member of the National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center which puts on the top child abuse and sexual abuse conferences in the country.


Molly attended college at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and earned her law degree from Michigan State University College of Law, where she graduated cum laude. While in law school, Molly completed internships with judges located in both Michigan and Illinois, interned in the Juvenile Division of the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office, and was also selected to participate in Michigan State University’s Chance at Childhood Program, where she gained a unique perspective of Michigan’s child welfare system.

Molly has experience representing clients accused of the most serious offenses including first degree child abuse, murder, felony murder, rape, sexual abuse, molestation and rape. Molly is also one of few attorneys in Michigan who understand how the criminal courts and CPS courts work hand in hand. Molly is known for being extremely knowledgeable and an amazing advocate for her clients.

Top Defense Attorney Who Cares

When you are working on your case with Molly Blythe, you will see that you get a team of attorneys who will give you the specialized attention that your case needs. Molly and Shannon spend enormous amounts of time with their clients and their families to understand the case better than anyone in the courtroom.

Molly also frequently consults with other lawyers regarding their criminal cases involving Shaken Baby Syndrome allegations and abusive head trauma. Smith Blythe, PC has earned and developed a reputation as one of the best firms in Michigan, specifically in narrow practice areas involving sexual abuse and child abuse allegations with children.

Practice Area
Criminal Law
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