Areas of Practice
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1986
  • College of Charleston, B.A., magna cum laude, political science, 1983
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • US District Court for the District of Columbia
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Mary ("Molly") Woodson Poag

Of Counsel
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 8091
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Molly Poag is of counsel in Steptoe's Washington office, where she focuses primarily on complex litigation and arbitration, with an emphasis on insurance coverage litigation.

Ms. Poag joined Steptoe in 1988, working in both an advisory capacity to corporate clients and as litigation counsel. 

In February 1993, Ms. Poag joined the Clinton Administration as a consultant to Secretary Bruce Babbitt at the Department of the Interior.  Her responsibilities at Interior included overseeing the Office of Regulatory Affairs and working on several special projects, including the Forest Plan, Endangered Species Act issues and various parks issues.  Ms. Poag also completed a six­-month detail to the White House, working first in the Office of Regulatory Affairs and then in the Vice President's Office, where her work focused on Vice President Gore’s  regulatory reform efforts.  Ms. Poag returned to Steptoe in November 1996.

Ms. Poag’s practice includes trial and appellate work and various forms of alternative dispute resolution.  Much of her work has involved representation of insurance carriers in coverage matters involving environmental and pharmaceutical products liability claims.  Her work outside of the coverage area has included representing former Prisoners of War from the First Gulf War in an effort to hold Iraq responsible for their torture and deter the torture of future POWs.  This representation included playing a leading role in litigation efforts and participating in press events, including a 60 Minutes piece focusing on this important cause.  The suit on behalf of POWs resulted in a $959 million judgment and, following appeals, a nine-figure settlement through a United States-Iraq Claims Settlement Agreement.  She also represented an internationally known news correspondent and his cameraman in obtaining the highest award granted by the US Foreign Claims Settlement Commission for injuries they sustained during captivity in the First Gulf War.