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 drafted briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Eighth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits; U.S. District Courts; and the California Court of Appeals, among others. She has successfully argued a case before the Eighth Circuit.

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.


  • 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.
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