Richard “Mo” Molezzo was born and raised in the court system, and it’s what ultimately brought him to Nevada. The son of a court reporter, Richard and his family lived in Central California and Arizona before settling here in Reno. It was here during his youth that Richard’s father, Richard Sr., established his own successful court reporting business – Molezzo Reporters – which Richard’s brother, John, still operates today.
Noticing their teenage son’s growing preference for sports over studies, Richard’s parents enrolled him at Bishop Manogue to benefit from a more structured education. While his study habits grew at a Catholic school, so did his respect for the value of hard work–outside of the classroom–and of those who performed it. By his early twenties, Richard’s résumé included grocery store bag boy, plumber’s assistant, valet, bellhop, hotel security officer, warehouse stocker, dishwasher, landscaper, and apartment manager.
While his resume was diverse, so was the range of people he got to know and learn from. Working alongside people from all walks of life, backgrounds and economic circumstances awakened Richard to an unfortunate truth: that the protections in the U.S. Constitution aren’t always extended to lower-income individuals who are unable to afford an attorney.
When Richard decided to enter law school, he did so with an untarnishable belief that everyone in this Republic–no matter their financial situation–deserves representation against the bias and power that can be overwhelming in dealings with local, state, and federal governments.
Richard Molezzo, Attorney at Law
In his career as an attorney, he has proudly and successfully defended clients unjustly charged with crimes, while adjusting his fees in order to take the cases. Years in legal practice have earned Richard a “posse” of top-notch attorneys and other pros on whom he can depend for counsel and assistance on a case. When people hire Richard’s for his service, the “posse” comes with them.
A firm believer in due diligence, Richard often holds focus groups before a trial to learn what, besides law itself, may strengthen a case–from what colors a jury likes best to how weather may influence a verdict. Richard cares about his clients; and when he stands before a jury, he looks them straight in the eye and asks them to choose justice–not vengeance.
Beyond the Courthouse
A lover of the outdoors, Richard spends weekends working in the yard and scoping out new fishing spots and makes annual pilgrimages to fly fish the Truckee and hunt Elko County’s Lamoille Canyon.
A committed family man, Richard is noticeably proud of his brother, John Molezzo–both for acting as legatee of their father’s business, as well as for his artistic talents. Most encounters with Richard include a showcase (often on his smartphone) of John’s art–some of which graces this website.
Most of all, Richard is devoted to his wife Windy, the love of his life. Inspired by his mother and father’s 49-year marriage, Richard makes sure to make time for Windy, even just to “stop and smell the roses.”
At any other time, you can find him hard at work – fighting to defend his clients with every fiber of his being.