Stacy L. Bettison

Stacy L. Bettison

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A trusted confidante, offering clients smart counsel on their most critical issues.

Stacy practices in complex civil litigation, appellate law, and criminal defense. She has deep experience representing clients all of types in high stakes litigation, from Fortune 100 companies, mid-market businesses to municipalities. Stacy has represented organizations in government investigations and regulatory compliance matters, product liability, multi-party environmental litigation, construction law, eminent domain and patent disputes. Her practice also includes representing individuals in criminal matters, particularly in the area of criminal sexual conduct.

Before joining the firm, Stacy practiced at in Chicago at Jenner & Block LLP and in Minneapolis at Greene Espel PLLP, a litigation boutique. Stacy has practiced in both state and federal courts. Prior practicing, Stacy clerked in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals for the Honorable Myron H. Bright.

Stacy is also an experienced public relations expert. She is the founder and owner of BETTISON, a high-stakes public relations firm based in Minneapolis working with regional, national and global businesses, organizations and individual clients. She provides communications counsel in the areas of crisis management, critical issues and media relations.

Published Work:

1. Bench & Bar of Minnesota,


Minnesota's Predatory Offender Registry was first passed in 1991. It was intended to assist law enforcement in quickly locating and clearing suspects in child predator and kidnapping cases. 28 years later, the registry covers 21,000+ individuals and requires registration for many more crimes, including "crimes against the person" - 27 of them. It costs over $1m to implement every year.

Stacy Bettison recently published an article in Minnesota Bench and Bar entitled "The New Scarlet Letter - Is Minnesota's Predatory Offender Registry Helping or Hurting?" Bettison has a strong interest in criminal sexual conduct laws, how they are prosecuted, the policies behind them, and the real-life, day-to-day impact of those laws on people accused and convicted of a sex crime.

2.The Silencing of the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act: The Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Need for Meaningful Review,


Minnesota courts have been instrumental in defining the obligations of agencies under MEPA. While the Minnesota Supreme Court has decided some MEPA issues, many of the contours of MEPA's present landscape were hewn by the Minnesota
Court of Appeals. In recent years, the court of appeals has considered the specific issue of whether an agency's decision to forego an EIS because there is no potential for significant environmental impact (also known as a "negative declaration")should be upheld.





  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 1999
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Dean’s List
    • Honors: Magna cum laude
  • Emerson College, Bostom, Massachusetts
    • B.A. - 1995
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: Dean’s List
    • Major: Journalism

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2000

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Lawyers Network, 2019 to 2020
  • Legal Rights Center, 2019 to 2020

Published Works

  • Bench & Bar of Minnesota, Minnesota State Bar Association, December, 2019
  • The Silencing of the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act: The Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Need for Meaningful Review, Volume 26 Issue 4, 2000

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Member, 2019 to Present
  • Federal Bar Association, Member, 2019 to Present

Ancillary Businesses

  • Bettison

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney


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