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Betsy Allison Butwin

Business Attorney at Minneapolis, MN

5.0   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2010
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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About Betsy

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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.


Iverson Felsheim
2945 44th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN, 55406

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Posted by Krista | July 23, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Contract/Waivers and Postponement/Cancellation Policies
Betsy is wonderful to work with....she completely helped to put my mind at ease. She is friendly, professional and helpful. She explains things in language that is easier to understand. She walked us through what was most important for us to have in place legally., and what addictions or changes we needed to make to our contracts, waivers, etc. due to all of the current COVID restrictions and guidelines. She makes herself available, and is always very prompt with getting what we need done. I would highly recommend her to anyone in the events industry....she definitely gets it!
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service
Betsy offered great peace of mind through a stressful situation. She handled the dissolution of a licensing agreement and advised me every step of the way.
Posted by Michelle | April 28, 2015
Outstanding, Attentive, and Knowledgeable
Betsy has been very attentive to our legal needs. She is quick to respond to our questions. Her knowledge is expansive and she is incredibly resourceful. Betsy has been a wonderful legal advisor to us. (She is also a strong speaker and we are glad she has been able to share her legal expertise with our conference attendees.)
Posted by R. Nicole | April 17, 2015
Excellent Peace of Mind
Betsy is my go to source for any legal matters involving my small but mighty business. From helping with the messy and time-consuming process of trademarking my brand,, seamlessly revising my contracts as my business grows, and handling a troublesome cease and desist case on my behalf, she has helped in a multitude of ways with things I've had to overcome in this sometimes overwhelming entrepreneurship journey. With Betsy, I can focus on running my business efficiently and serving my clients well because I know Betsy has my back behind the scenes. I would recommend her services to anyone who needs eyes and ears on the legalities of their business endeavors.
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Posted by Corey J. | April 16, 2015
Betsy Butwin excellent work
Betsy is a very helpful and professional person. She cares about what she does, and I would recommend her for anyone in need of her assistance.
Posted by Caitlin | April 16, 2015
Knowledgable AND approachable - 2 thumbs up!
As a musician in 2015, there are a lot of legal loopholes you've got to know how to jump through to ensure your work is protected and also represented properly. Betsy is the perfect attorney to bridge the gap between artist and industry. With an expansive resume of experience, I couldn't recommend a better attorney for any artist looking for legal representation or advice!
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Posted by Tom | April 16, 2015
Professional & Personable
Not only is Betsy a complete professional but she is also sincere and empathetic.... treating her clients with care and understanding. Betsy is always quick to get back to me and I have never been left wondering what the status is of my case. I have referred both friends and family to Betsy and I will continue to do so.
Posted by Tim | March 12, 2014
Best lawyer ever
I've worked with Betsy for a few years now and there's nobody is rather have in my corner. She's a pro. She acts quickly and gets it done.
Posted by Jim | March 9, 2014
Review of Betsy Butwin by Jim Shoulak
As a singer-songwriter, I run a music publishing company. Betsy keeps me up-to-date concerning which forms need to be filed (and by when) for my business. Whether it's business forms for the state, or copyright registration, she is knowledgable, prompt, and makes the process of operating a business SO much easier for me. Betsy provides wise advice, and I have learned much from her. One of the best feelings to have is to know that your lawyer is truly on your side. Without a doubt, she protects me and my product, and always has my best interest in mind. I am thankful to have found her to represent me and my company. I wholeheartedly recommend her to others.
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Posted by Lauren | March 5, 2014
Excellent Estate Planning for Young Family
I cannot recommend Betsy Butwin strongly enough. She was helpful in explaining what type of estate planning we needed and helped to make all of it a reality. She was very thorough and prompt in responding to our questions. I felt that her intellect, level of service, and general skills were an asset to us and we would not feel as confident in our planning without her.
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Posted by Adam | March 3, 2014
Had a wonderful experience with Betsy
I'm 44 and way overdue for a will and health directive and amidst my relentless confusion on how to proceed Betsy patiently and clearly provided me with the options, structure, and materials for me to make the best decisions regarding the transferral of my assets upon my passing. I highly recommend her.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Iverson Felsheim
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Bernick Lifson P.A.
  • 2014 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Friedman Iverson, PLLC
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Managing Attorney
  • Betsy Butwin Law, PLLC
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Institute of Production and Recording
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Law Clerk
  • Carroll, Guido, & Groffman, LLP
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Contracts Coordinator
  • E1 Music (Formerly, KOCH Records)
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Legal Intern
  • Atlantic Recording Corporation
  • 2006 - 2007
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  • Brooklyn Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004


  • Stages Theater Company
  • Board of Directors
  • 2015 - Present
  • Wills for Heroes
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2013 - Present
  • Rock The Cause
  • Board of Directors
  • 2012 - Present
  • Springboard for the Arts
  • 2010 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Chair - Arts & Entertainment Section
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Art and Entertainment Law Section
  • Vice Chair
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Arts & Entertainment Section of MSBA
  • Treasurer
  • 2012 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • CALI Award for Excellence in Negotiation
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Minnesota Wedding Planners Unite
  • Trademark and Client Contracts
  • 2019
  • Start Me Up
  • Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs
  • 2015
  • Start Me Up
  • Business Start Up
  • 2014
  • Start Me Up
  • Business Start Up
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (2)
Endorse Betsy
Trademark application Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Betsy has that special talent to strategically position her trademark clients in an advantageous way. While many trademark prosecution attorneys are in it for a quick cash grab, Betsy clearly cares about much more than that and consistently produces an excellent result for her clients. As I close my practice there is only one attorney I enthusiastically send my former trademark prosecution and litigation clients to, and that is Betsy Butwin. I am excited about what she and they will be able to do together, and I know they are in the best hands possible. With Betsy's care and attention to effective strategies, I know she is saving my clients tons of money and heartache down the line, which is invaluable and makes her services worth it. I can't stress enough how difficult it is to find a trademark prosecution or litigation attorney who truly understands their work as well as Betsy does. She's an incredible asset to have on your side."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Betsy is smart, diligent and a zealous advocate for all of her clients. She provides value -added services to her clients by tailoring each individual case to the specific wants and needs of her clients. With out a doubt, you should hire Ms. Butwin."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Betsy is one of the finest young attorneys I have met in quite a while. She is knoweldgeable and will do everything possible to provide you with an exceptional estate plan."
Business Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is careful, intelligent and easy to talk to."
Copyright application Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Betsy has a great deal of experience in the area of copyright and we refer many of our clients to her when they have these types of issues."
Entertainment Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Betsy is a great attorney; she is an excellent communicator, effective advocate and pleasure to work with."
Entertainment Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Betsy is knowledgeable and conscientious in her representation. I would recommend her for entertainment related matters, especially those related to the music industry."
Entertainment Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I may be biased, since Betsy shares an office with us, but I think she's a great entertainment lawyer. Betsy has a great knowledge of the music business, she helps artists make good connections, and she's really resourceful. As my grandmother used to say, "Eh. You could do a lot worse.""
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Minneapolis Business Lawyer Betsy Allison Butwin
Betsy Allison Butwin
Business Attorney
Minneapolis, MN
Licensed for 13 years
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