Elizabeth G.Bentley (Betz)


Minneapolis + 1.612.217.8866

Elizabeth Bentley focuses on appellate advocacy, motions practice, and trial strategy in federal and state courts. She has argued cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the Minnesota Court of Appeals and has drafted briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court; the Second, Eighth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits; U.S. District Courts; and the Minnesota and California Courts of Appeals, among others. Elizabeth has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America as "One to Watch" in appellate litigation.

Elizabeth served three clerkships, including to Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Supreme Court, prior to joining Jones Day in 2018. She also practiced appellate litigation at a leading national firm and immediately following law school was a legal fellow for the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City, where she assisted the organization's general counsel regarding issues of nonprofit law.

During law school, Elizabeth participated in the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic and was a teaching fellow for a law and social movements course.

Elizabeth is a member of the governing council of the Appellate Practice Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association, a member of the executive committee of the Federal Bar Association-Minnesota Chapter, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School in its Detainee Rights Clinic.


  • Pro bono client scores victory before Eighth Circuit on BIA's improper review of Convention Against Torture claimOn April 3, 2020, Jones Day achieved a victory before the Eighth Circuit in an immigration case.
  • NACDL files amicus brief in Eleventh Circuit about retroactivity of Supreme Court's decision in Honeycutt v. United StatesOn behalf of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers ("NACDL"), Jones Day filed an amicus brief in the Eleventh Circuit arguing that the Supreme Court's decision in Honeycutt v. United States applies retroactively on collateral review.