Bethany Biesenthal is a Chambers-rated litigator and former federal prosecutor. She has served as a lead trial lawyer in more than 20 trials and has argued more than a dozen federal circuit appeals. Bethany has successfully led litigation teams in high-stakes matters, including litigation brought by attorneys general and defending against allegations of corporate misconduct.
As a prosecutor, Bethany led hundreds of investigations involving financial fraud, national security, health care fraud, securities fraud, and public corruption. As a result, clients now routinely seek Bethany's assistance in handling corporate and government investigations, including those involving allegations of government fraud and compliance audits led by government agencies.
Bethany currently serves as general counsel to the City of Chicago Police Board, where she counsels the Board in navigating a court-appointed monitor and consent decree. She also calls on her experience as head of the Human Trafficking section at the U.S. Attorney's Office to now serve as Jones Day's lead for global human trafficking-related litigation and regularly speaks on issues of human trafficking in corporate supply chains. At the U.S. Attorney's Office, she also served as lead for domestic and sexual abuse allegations and uses that experience to now guide clients through sexual abuse investigations.
Bethany serves on the Seventh Circuit Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions, is active in numerous women's initiatives, and teaches trial practice at the request of district court judges.
Bethany has received numerous honors for her government service and was named one of the Top 50 Exceptional Women Lawyers in Chicago by Chicago Lawyer.
Evidence Collection in Criminal Investigations: Cross-Border Issues and Corporate Employee Considerations
Publications Prior to Jones Day
Removing pre-CAFA Cases Under the Act, For the Defense (July 2006)
Positive changes for female attorneys in Illinois, The Catalyst (Sept. 2003)
- June 10, 2019
The Judicial Seminar on Human Trafficking, Forced Labor, and Child Exploitation in Thailand
- June 6, 2019
Jones Day MCLE University Chicago 2019
- May 7, 2019
Working Together to End Human Trafficking -- Jones Day and Rotary
- February 6, 2019
Hot Trends in DOJ and SEC Enforcement and Litigation Conference
- January 22, 2019
Hyatt Women -- A Conversation in Support of Human Trafficking Awareness Month
- September 26, 2018
The 2018 Corporate Risk, Ethics and Compliance Forum At the Crossroads of Risk Management, Data Privacy, and Emerging Technology
- June 7, 2018
We're Not in Kansas Anymore: Managing Risks for International Companies, Jones Day University
Speaking Engagements Prior to Jones Day
Chicago Bar Association, Fireside Chat about Human Trafficking in Chicago
Crimes Against Children Conference, A Case Study on Sex Trafficking
Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force Annual Conference, Working with Survivors of Trauma as they Engage with the Criminal Justice System
Federal Bar Association, Human Trafficking Seminar
Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force Annual Conference, Case Study on Violent Traffickers
Domestic Terrorism Conference, National Advocacy Center, Case Study on Domestic Terrorism
Gangsters: America's Most Evil, Reelz TV Channel
NBC News, gun trafficking segment
- The John Marshall Law School, Chicago (J.D. magna cum laude 2004; Distinguished Scholar Award [full-tuition scholarship]; Staff Editor, The John Marshall Law Review; First place team honors and named Best Prosecution Advocate, Georgetown Law Center/American Bar Association National White Collar Crime Mock Trial Invitational; Finalist team honors and named Honorable Mention, Best Oralist, Vienna International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition); University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A. in Journalism and Political Science 2000)
- Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- Assistant U.S. Attorney, Deputy Chief, and Senior Litigation Counsel, Criminal Division, United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois (2007-2018)
Chambers USA: litigation: white-collar crime and government investigations (2020)
Forward under 40 honoree, University of Wisconsin-Madison, awarded to eight alumni under 40 years old for demonstrating professional achievement
2020 Top 50 Exceptional Women Lawyers, Chicago Lawyer
Recipient of outstanding service and performance awards from FBI and Chicago Police Department
- Extern to Judge Robert W. Gettleman, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (2002)