Mollie W. Riddle


Mollie W. Riddle rejoined Pacific Legal Foundation in 2018 after completing a summer clerkship in 2017. As the daughter of a small business owner, Mollie’s passion for advancing liberty has only grown since starting her legal career. Mollie practices across PLF’s litigation areas including economic liberty, equal protection under the law, property rights, and the First Amendment.

Mollie holds a B.A. in Political Science and Human Rights from Southern Methodist University and earned her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. During law school, she was a staff editor on the Texas Review of Law and Politics, served on the board of the Texas Federalist Society, and was Vice President of Texas Law Fellowships, a nonprofit organization that sponsors fellowships for students who work in public interest.

Outside of work, Mollie enjoys cooking, cycling, and checking out the latest foodie spots.

Ursula Newell-Davis & Sivad Home and Community Services, LLC v. Courtney N. Phillips, et al.

New Orleans social worker challenges Louisiana law that stopped her from helping special needs children and their families

Ursula Newell-Davis cares deeply for those most in need in her New Orleans community. After two decades of working with special needs children, she decided to launch a company that would provide much-needed respite services to this vulnerable population. Inspired by her experience as a special needs parent herself, Ursula wants to give these childr ...

Anthony Barilla v. City of Houston

Accordionist fights government squeeze on free expression and livelihood

Anthony (Tony) Barilla is a highly accomplished accordionist who wants to busk—that is, perform in public for tips—on the streets of Houston, Texas. A city law, however, prohibits busking activities everywhere except Houston’s very small Theater District. There, artists may accept tips for their performances, but only after completing an ...

Navigable Waters Cases

Fighting government’s make-believe, illegal definition of navigable waters

The Clean Water Act (CWA) has a seemingly simple purpose: protect the navigable waters of the United States from pollution. The federal agencies charged with carrying out and enforcing the law, however, have expanded the definition of “navigable waters” several times since the Act went on the books in 1972. Represented by PLF free of ch ...

Legacy Medical Transport Legacy Medical Transport, LLC and Phillip Truesdell v. Adam Meier, et al.

Family fights crony “Competitor’s Veto” law

Phillip Truesdell and his family launched Legacy Medical Transport in 2017 with one ambulance and high hopes of thriving in the wake of job losses. Their hard work paid off—today, their non-emergency ambulance company in Aberdeen, Ohio, has grown to seven vehicles. Located just miles from the Kentucky border, the company often takes clients from ...

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May 05, 2021

Houston Chronicle: Make busking protected speech in all of Houston, not just the Theater District

Tony Barilla is an accomplished accordion player who wants to busk — that is, to perform in public for tips — on the streets of Houston. Many of the world's great cities like New York, Paris, London and New Orleans are known for their robust busking cultures. Street performers and their music make these cities ...

June 04, 2020

Florida rightly suspended its certificate of need laws during COVID-19

In an emergency order, Florida’s Surgeon General Scott Rivkees has suspended Florida's Certificate of Need requirement for ambulances. This is an encouraging development for both consumers and healthcare entrepreneurs, and a change that the state legislature should make permanent. As PLF explained in a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis, on beha ...

April 10, 2020

COVID-19’s economic fallout shows why California must stop its war against freelancers

The COVID-19 pandemic has delivered a massive hit to the U.S. economy, and California is no exception. The March jobs report showed the Golden State is shedding jobs at a furious rate. Yet a California law remains on the books that further frustrates the ability of freelancers to find work. On January 1, Assembly Bill ...

April 22, 2019

Why a major Clean Water Act regulation is unconstitutionally broad

The Clean Water Act protects the navigable waters of the United States. One of the ways it does this is by prohibiting the discharge of pollutants to these waters. These are important aims, but the current definition of "navigable waters" is unconstitutionally broad. This overbroad definition means that ordinary activities like farming, digging pon ...

February 20, 2019

All students deserve a quality education—no matter the color of their skin

Students are being turned away from some of Connecticut's best schools simply because they have the wrong skin color. Connecticut law caps Black and Hispanic student enrollment at its world-class magnet schools at no more than 75%. This blatant racial quota is an unconstitutional outgrowth of a lawsuit involving Hartford schools. The Connecticut Ge ...

January 25, 2019

Kentucky law stifles ambulance competition and hurts emergency care

Originally published in the Courier-Journal, January 25, 2019. In Kentucky, six counties, each with more than 50,000 residents, have just one ambulance service. In a medical emergency, time is of the essence — but a lack of ambulance providers threatens to prevent the residents of these counties from getting timely emergency care. Welcome to the ...