For more than 10 years, Bethany Biesenthal served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, where she successfully tried more than 20 federal cases to verdict. Bethany led hundreds of investigations in areas including national security, health care fraud, bankruptcy fraud, securities fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, public corruption, and cybercrimes. She also served as point of contact for FBI counter-terrorism squads, charged a complex fraud resulting from a bank failure, defended the constitutionality of a domestic terrorism statute, and served as the point of contact for domestic and sexual abuse.
Bethany served as senior litigation counsel, where she supervised all cases tried in the Criminal Division and counseled attorneys on complex matters of national significance.
Bethany served as coordinator of the Human Trafficking section and
was a member of the Cook County Task Force Against Human Trafficking. She frequently speaks on conducting human trafficking and sexual abuse investigations and corporate compliance requirements relating to labor trafficking.
Bethany also has taught classes on trial advocacy, domestic terrorism, cybercrimes, and economic espionage.
Bethany has been twice honored by the Director of the FBI and has been recognized by the Chicago Crime Commission, U.S. Marshals Service, Cook County Crime Stoppers, and the Chicago Police Department.
Before joining the USAO, Bethany worked for a large law firm, where she took and defended dozens of depositions, participated in a securities fraud arbitration, and tried a breach of contract case.
Bethany serves on the board of a local elementary school and is an active member in various bar associations.