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.
- Harvard University (J.D. magna cum laude 2013; Managing Editor, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review); Northwestern University (B.A. in German and International Studies with honors and cum laude 2007)
- Minnesota, New York, District of Columbia, U.S. Supreme Court, and U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Eighth, Ninth, and Federal Circuits
- Selected by Best Lawyers in America as "One to Watch" for appellate litigation (2022)
- Law Clerk to: Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court (2017-2018); Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (2015-2016); and Judge Jed S. Rakoff, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (2014-2015)