Bethany K.Biesenthal


Chicago + 1.312.269.4303

For more than 10 years, Bethany Biesenthal served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, where she successfully tried more than 20 federal cases to verdict. Bethany led hundreds of investigations in areas including national security, health care fraud, bankruptcy fraud, securities fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, public corruption, and cybercrimes. She also served as point of contact for FBI counter-terrorism squads, charged a complex fraud resulting from a bank failure, defended the constitutionality of a domestic terrorism statute, and served as the point of contact for domestic and sexual abuse.

Bethany served as senior litigation counsel, where she supervised all cases tried in the Criminal Division and counseled attorneys on complex matters of national significance.

Bethany served as coordinator of the Human Trafficking section and was a member of the Cook County Task Force Against Human Trafficking. She frequently speaks on conducting human trafficking and sexual abuse investigations and corporate compliance requirements relating to labor trafficking.

Bethany also has taught classes on trial advocacy, domestic terrorism, cybercrimes, and economic espionage.

Bethany has been twice honored by the Director of the FBI and has been recognized by the Chicago Crime Commission, U.S. Marshals Service, Cook County Crime Stoppers, and the Chicago Police Department.

Before joining the USAO, Bethany worked for a large law firm, where she took and defended dozens of depositions, participated in a securities fraud arbitration, and tried a breach of contract case.

Bethany serves on the board of a local elementary school and is an active member in various bar associations.


  • Development and investment firm defends grand jury investigation relating to public corruptionJones Day represented a development and investment firm in connection with a federal grand jury investigation pertaining to public corruption.
  • Health care professional defends against fraud and identity theft claimsJones Day defended a former health care professional charged in an eight-count federal indictment alleging violations of health care fraud and aggravated identify theft in a multimillion dollar fraud scheme.
  • Child pornography victim recovers $93,532.57 in restitutionJones Day represented a child pornography victim and her family in obtaining a $93,532.57 criminal restitution award on July 25.
  • Multinational company conducts internal investigation relating to accounting practicesJones Day assisted a multinational company by conducting an internal investigation into complaints regarding the accounting practices of the client.
  • Chevron buys Pasadena Refining System for $350 million from Petrobras America Inc.Jones Day advised Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, in its purchase of all of the equity interests of Pasadena Refining System Inc. ("PRSI") and PRSI Trading, LLC from Petrobras America Inc. for $350 million, subject to adjustments for working capital.
  • Food company undertakes compliance review relating to human trafficking lawsOn behalf of a company in the food industry, Jones Day conducted an internal investigation involving human trafficking issues related to an overseas subcontractor.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • 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

    January 2018
    Chicago Bar Association, Fireside Chat about Human Trafficking in Chicago

    August 2017
    Crimes Against Children Conference, A Case Study on Sex Trafficking
    Dallas, Texas

    August 2017
    Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force Annual Conference, Working with Survivors of Trauma as they Engage with the Criminal Justice System
    Chicago, Illinois

    January 2017
    Federal Bar Association, Human Trafficking Seminar
    Chicago, Illinois

    August 2016
    Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force Annual Conference, Case Study on Violent Traffickers
    Chicago, Illinois

    September 2015
    Domestic Terrorism Conference, National Advocacy Center, Case Study on Domestic Terrorism

    September 2013
    Gangsters:  America's Most Evil, Reelz TV Channel

    September 2013
    NBC News, gun trafficking segment

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