Jason J. Molnar is a partner in the firm's San Diego office, and is a certified specialist in workers' compensation defense. Mr. Molnar is a graduate of Indiana University, where, in 1992, he received BA in the fields of psychology and political science. Mr. Molnar earned his JD from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1996. He also completed The Ohio State/University of Oxford Summer Law Program at the University of Oxford, England in 1994.
After law school, Mr. Molnar practiced for four years as a criminal defense attorney with the Franklin County Public Defender's Office in Columbus, Ohio. While there, he tried many cases to verdict and proved himself to be a skillful negotiator. He has tried numerous cases at the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, where he has obtained verdicts in which the opposing side has "taken nothing." A noteworthy "take nothing" resulted from his successful defense against an applicant's claim that her job stress caused a paralyzing stroke. The trial victory, which saved his client several million dollars in potential liability, was upheld by the California Fourth District Court of Appeal.
At Manning & Kass, Mr. Molnar is also a member of the firm's Employment Law Team, where he defends cases that involve allegations of serious and willful misconduct, as well as claims against employers who allege discrimination against injured workers (Labor Code Section 132(a) cases). Additionally, his previous experience in criminal law gives him the ability to detect fraudulent acts by applicants, and work up files for criminal prosecution—one applicant whose fraud Mr. Molnar detected was ordered to repay his client nearly $70,000, as a condition of her probation.
He is admitted to practice in California and Ohio. In his spare time, he enjoys foreign travel, running, yoga, and listening to music by artists such as the Beatles, Leonard Cohen, and Bob Dylan. He is also an accomplished genealogical researcher, having traced his ancestry back more than 500 years. In early 2008, Mr. Molnar competed impressively on the television game show Jeopardy.