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Betsy's interest in the music industry was sparked while clerking at a record label in New York City. Following her graduation, she moved to Los Angeles and clerked at a law firm with an emphasis in the entertainment industry. She returned to Minneapolis in 2010.
Prior to joining Bernick Lifson, Betsy worked at Friedman Iverson, PLLC worked with small businesses and corporate clients in the wedding, music, scientific, and creative industries. Today, Betsy helps entrepreneurs launch their businesses, draft and negotiate contracts, and manage their intellectual property.
In her estate planning capacity, she works closely with individuals and couples to draft documents that meet their estate planning goals and objectives. In addition, to drafting documents that meet her client’s needs, she also incorporates Health Care Directives and Powers of Attorney. She has also has experience in drafting Antenuptial Agreements, representing both the party with the assets or reviewing the documents for the party without significant assets.
Helping people is Betsy’s life passion and she accomplishes this goal by integrating her legal knowledge with the facts, as presented, to prepare meaningful documents for her clients.
In addition, Betsy is the chair of the MSBA Arts & Entertainment Section, and speaks locally and nationally about intellectual property and licensing – particularly in the wedding and music industries. Betsy also sits on the board of directors for Rock the Cause, a local non-profit. .
Betsy enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her dog Hugo, exploring the Twin Cities ever-evolving restaurant and music scenes.


Practice areas


  1. Business: 30%
    6 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 30%
    6 years
  3. Contracts: 20%
    6 years
  4. Estate Planning: 20%
    5 years



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Bernick Lifson, P.A.

5500 Wayzata Avenue.
Suite 1200
Minneapolis, MN, 55413


MNAuthorized to practice201007/31/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
CALI Award for Excellence in NegotiationBrooklyn Law School2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyBernick Lifson P.A.2014 - Present
AttorneyFriedman Iverson, PLLC2013 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorInstitute of Production and Recording2010 - Present
Managing AttorneyBetsy Butwin Law, PLLC2010 - 2013
Law ClerkCarroll, Guido, & Groffman, LLP2009 - 2010
Contracts CoordinatorE1 Music (Formerly, KOCH Records)2007 - 2009
Legal InternAtlantic Recording Corporation2006 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Stages Theater CompanyBoard of Directors2015 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationChair - Arts & Entertainment Section2014 - Present
Minnesota State Bar Association, Art and Entertainment Law SectionVice Chair2013 - 2014
Wills for HeroesVolunteer Attorney2013 - Present
Arts & Entertainment Section of MSBATreasurer2012 - 2013
Rock The CauseBoard of Directors2012 - Present
Springboard for the ArtsN/A2010 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Cybaris Intellectual Property Law ReviewTBD - Trademark2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brooklyn Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
University of Michigan, Ann ArborPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Start Me UpIntellectual Property for Entrepreneurs2015
Music Industry 101 - CLEMusic Industry Law2015
BeSage 2015Intellectual Property for Wedding Industry Professionals2015
Start Me UpBusiness Start Up2014
Bloomington Theater and Arts Center - Adult EducationIntellectual Property for Visual Artists2014
Be SageWedding Industry Professionals - Licensing and Franchising2014
Start Me UpBusiness Start Up2013
2013 Regional Communications Law ForumMeeting the Challenges of Representing Underserved Communities in Arts and Entertainment Law2013
Start Me UpBusiness Start Up2012
Music Law 101Music Publishing and Licensing2012
2012 Midwest IP InstituteControlling Brand Identity and Untangling Copyright Complexities in the Mad, Mad, Viral World2012