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Minnesota Women Lawyers is honored to highlight the esteemed careers of women attorneys and share their experiences as MWL members. Look for additional profiles throughout the coming year.


Dyan Ebert

"I have been a practicing attorney for just over 20 years. I can say without question that MWL has had a tremendous impact on my professional life.

One of the things that attracted me to MWL was it mission of advancing the success of women attorneys. This mission is epitomized in the wide variety of leadership opportunities MWL provides for women in the legal profession. I have certainly taken advantage of and benefited from these opportunities by serving initially as a President of the Central Minnesota Chapter, then as a Chapter liaison to the Board of Directors, and most recently as a member of the Advisory Committee. At each step along the way, I have become more convinced that MWL continues to be as relevant today as it was when it was first organized. It makes a difference—not just to other women or other attorneys, but also to society in general—to see women serving in leadership roles.

Another very rewarding aspect of my MWL membership has been the opportunities it has provided for meeting and getting to know other women attorneys in a collegial, rather than adversarial, setting. So much of what I do in my professional life is about advocating for one side or another. MWL gives me the chance to work with other women toward a common goal. I believe this enhances professionalism and has actually made me a better advocate."


Ms. Dyan Ebert was raised in Luverne, Minnesota. She attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude in 1990. She received her Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law (magna cum laude, 1993) where she served as an Executive Editor of the Law Review. After clerking for Judges Ancy Morse and Joseph Wieners in the Third Judicial District, Ms. Ebert joined Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A. in 1994, becoming a Shareholder in 1998. She served on the firm's Board of Directors from 2003 to 2010, most recently as the Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Ebert is active and has held leadership roles in national, state, and local professional organizations including the Minnesota Women Lawyers, the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, and the Seventh District Bar Association. Ms. Ebert is current serving as the President of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association and as outstate representative on the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Governing Council. Ms. Ebert was named a Minnesota Super Lawyer and a Top 50 Women Attorney in Minnesota in 2014.

Ms. Ebert practices in the area of civil litigation, with a focus on employment and government liability, insurance coverage and general casualty law. Ms. Ebert represents government entities, corporations and individuals at all stages of the litigation process, including before appellate courts. She counsels employers on policies and procedures, conducts employment-related investigations, and represents employers in conjunction with charges of discrimination filed with state and federal investigatory agencies. Ms. Ebert is a frequent lecturer to colleagues, as well as employees, supervisors, and human resource professionals, on employment-related matters including hiring, firing and discipline, workplace behavior, employee evaluations, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and anti-discrimination legislation. Ms. Ebert also represents individuals and businesses in matters involving personal injuries, premises liability and wrongful death.

Bridget Nason

"I joined Minnesota Women Lawyers when I was still in law school in order to meet practicing attorneys in my intended legal practice area and to become involved with the Community Action Committee and its activities. After graduating from law school, I joined the LeVander, Gillen, and Miller law firm, which has been a 100% Club member for many years. At LeVander, I was encouraged to continue and expand my involvement with MWL, and over the past ten years I’ve had the privilege of serving as a co-chair of the Community Action Committee, on several taskforces, and most recently on the Board of Directors. MWL’s mission of advancing the success of women lawyers and striving for a just society resonates with me as a practicing attorney, and my MWL membership has led to incredible networking and relationship-building opportunities with fellow attorneys, while allowing me to support an organization with a mission every bit as relevant today as when it was first founded in 1972. MWL serves an important role within the legal community as it continues to create a space for women attorneys and their supporters to celebrate the success of women attorneys, address the changing and on-going challenges and barriers that still exist in legal workplaces, and encourage the growth and development of women as leaders in the profession."

Bridget Nason is a Partner with the law firm of LeVander, Gillen, & Miller, PA, where she has worked since 2005. She received her Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago in 2001 and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2005. Bridget was admitted before the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2005, the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2012, and the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota in 2012. Bridget concentrates her practice in representing the Firm’s municipal clients on both civil legal matters as well as criminal prosecution, serving as an assistant city attorney for multiple municipalities, including the cities of Inver Grove Heights, West St. Paul, Mahtomedi, and Cottage Grove. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Legal Assistance of Dakota County, the West St. Paul-Mendota Heights Rotary Club, Minnesota Women Lawyers, and the Minnesota Women Lawyers Foundation. Since she was in law school, Bridget has been involved with Minnesota Women Lawyers in a variety of capacities, from serving as a committee member to co-chair of the Community Action Committee, serving on several taskforces, and most recently serving on the Board of Directors. Bridget has been recognized as a Rising Star by Minnesota Law and Politics in the area of municipal law for the past seven consecutive years, received the Service to Minnesota Women Lawyers award, and been selected several times to serve as a presenter at the Educational Conference for Minnesota City Attorneys.

Stacy Bettison

"Minnesota Women Lawyers is a wellspring of resources, opportunity and unfettered access to great attorneys and experiences in Minnesota and beyond.

I first joined MWL when I came to Minnesota as a junior attorney, when I wanted to meet other attorneys and work on MWL initiatives. 12 years later, 2 years as co-chair of the Public Policy Advocacy Committee (PPAC), 4 years of Board service, and now embarking on a first-term board position for the newly-established Minnesota Women Lawyer’s Foundation, my involvement in this organization has been one of great reward.

MWL has enabled me to stay close to and have influence on matters of importance to our legal profession. As a member of the board and the PPAC, I’ve participated first-hand in moving forward initiatives, research, and collaborations that are truly making a difference.

Though MWL is a non-profit, there have been limitless opportunities for start-up and other “entrepreneurial” projects with MWL. Indeed, the very essence of MWL has been to take on new projects, expand into new areas. Taking untested ideas through to completion has added to my experience as a business owner and a leader in our community on other boards."


Stacy Bettison says she gets to work in “the best of both worlds” as the owner of Bettison Consulting LLC, a crisis management and media relations firm. Representing her clients by working along side “both lawyers and journalists,” she traverses the two professions. “I’m a lawyer, so I obviously enjoy working on matters involving legal issues. And in college I studied journalism and communications. Helping clients by bringing these disciplines together is deeply gratifying.”

Bettison brings over 15 years of legal and communications experience in a wide range of industries and business. Bettison has honed an expert blend of legal and business acumen developed over her years as an attorney and communications strategist.

An experienced litigator, Bettison practiced law at Jenner & Block and Greene Espel. After several years in practice, Bettison turned her work to consulting on crisis and litigation communications, reputation management and media relations. Bettison regularly serves as a spokesperson for clients and has extensive experience working with national, regional, local news organizations and trade publications.

Bettison serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Women Lawyers Foundation, is Vice President of the Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition, and is a past president of the University of Minnesota Law School’s Alumni Board of Directors. 


Jill Gaulding

"I entered law as a second career, switching over from science where women were pretty scarce. When I finished law school in the mid-1990s, women already made up nearly half of law school graduating classes. Yet a look around the conference table shows women still aren't taking their full share of leadership roles in law. Women of color are especially underrepresented. Pipeline, schmipeline! Something else is going on, and Minnesota Women Lawyers is helping us figure out what that something is, and what we can do about it, together - because to paraphrase a famous Minnesotan, we'll all do better when we're all at the table."


Jill Gaulding graduated Phi Beta Kappa from MIT with degrees in cognitive science and linguistics, and graduated summa cum laude from Cornell Law School. She received an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and then clerked for Judge Sandra L. Lynch of the First Circuit Court of Appeals. She has practiced law in Massachusetts and Minnesota and taught law at several schools, including the University of Iowa. In 2010, Jill co-founded Gender Justice, a nonprofit law firm that addresses the causes and consequences of gender inequality, both locally and nationally.

When Jill first studied cognitive science, the field itself was still brand new. Since switching to law, she has focused on understanding and eliminating gender barriers. In her post-graduate research, she studied European approaches to work-family conflict and analyzed the way seemingly-progressive leave policies could actually reinforce gender stereotypes and increase job segregation. Later, as a faculty member at the University of Iowa, Jill developed courses on global feminist strategy and led protests against the pink locker room tradition. Both as a professor and as a practicing lawyer, she has worked to modernize legal rules to better reflect what science has taught us about implicit gender bias. Jill’s clients have included a gay man who was harassed at work because of his sexual orientation and then fired when he objected; a female engineer who was denied a raise since “the men in the group are heads of household and need the money”; a female carpenter who was sexually assaulted and forced out of her job; a mother who was fired when she attempted to take leave for the adoption of her child; and a transgender young man who was denied access to medically-necessary care. Jill has been a member of Minnesota Women Lawyers since 2008, her first year practicing in Minnesota.

Maria Mitchell

"I joined MWL because of their commitment to issues that women lawyers face throughout their careers. They not only work to address hurdles that women face as attorneys but are committed to equality for all women. In a profession where women are still struggling to gain equality, MWL will never lack relevancy. 

I continue to be a member of MWL because of the support they have offered me during my career through mentorship and encouragement. MWL also has given me the opportunity to mentor new attorneys. I have shared my successes and learning experiences with them. MWL is an organization where women lawyers can learn, grow and nurture other attorneys."

Maria Mitchell is a trial attorney for the state of Minnesota in the office of the Hennepin County public defender. Prior to joining the office of the Hennepin County public defender, Mitchell was law clerk to the Honorable Tanya M. Bransford in juvenile court. She also was an adjunct professor of legal writing and representation at the William Mitchell College of Law.


Sara Grewing

"I joined Minnesota Women Lawyers because I believe passionately in MWL’s mission to advance the success of women lawyers and to strive for a just society. The “I Want to Be Counted” campaign, the MWL Leadership Project, and the pursuit of a more inclusive judicial bench are all examples of MWL’s invaluable contributions to the legal community. 

I have had the good fortune to be mentored by strong women lawyers and I wanted to continue that tradition for others. MWL’s support of women law students and commitment to the advancement of legal scholarship around women’s issues is another important part of why I joined MWL.

As a busy public attorney and a parent of two small children, I need to be discerning about where I spend my time. Minnesota Women Lawyers is efficient, effective and smart with their communications and advocacy. I know that the time I take to attend an MWL meeting or event is always well spent."

Sara Grewing has been the Saint Paul city attorney since September 2010. The city attorney’s office is responsible for providing legal counsel and representation to the mayor and city council and the 3,000 employees of the city, and is also responsible for prosecuting all misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors committed in Saint Paul. Grewing previously served as chief of staff to Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.

Stacey Keenan

"Since I joined Minnesota Women Lawyers in 2010, MWL has offered me numerous networking, skill-building, and leadership opportunities. I am currently serving as co-chair of the MWL Public Policy Committee, which allows me to hone my leadership style and skills, all while focusing on important policy issues in our community.


Additionally, I am a member of MWL’s Solo/Small Firm Affinity Group, which is a robust and vibrant community that is a great resource for me in my work as a small firm attorney. The group has allowed me to build relationships with attorneys who have similar goals and interests. I greatly value the many opportunities afforded to me by Minnesota Women Lawyers and I am proud to be a member."


Stacey Keenan is the Managing Attorney at Keenan Law Firm where she practices in the areas of family law, wills, trusts, and estates. Keenan Law Firm was founded in 2011, and has grown over the years. Stacey places a high importance on client goals, and works hard to get the best possible results. She particularly enjoys working with parents and families. Her diligent work ethic and compassionate approach earned her a top ten ranking with the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys in 2014. Stacey received her J.D. from Howard University School of Law in 2009 and her B.A. in Sociology & African American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2006. As a Minnesota native, she is happy to be practicing in Saint Paul.

Timia Flanagan

"I joined MWL in 2008 soon after I relocated to the Twin Cities from New York City. I was new in town and was looking for opportunities to connect with the local legal community and meet people who shared my same business interests. A work colleague introduced me to MWL and it was a perfect fit.


I joined the Professional Enrichment Committee and quickly got involved with several initiatives. I found it very easy to make professional connections and friendships. I attended networking events, CLEs and social events, but what really impressed me was that I felt welcomed from day one. I was given opportunities to work on and lead projects right way. I was assigned a mentee and a mentor and my diverse background was viewed as an asset by all MWL members. As my personal and professional life got busier, I had less time to commit to the Professional Enrichment Committee but continued to attend CLE and MWL events."

"Since learning about MWL's focus for its strategic plan, I knew I needed to re-engage at a higher level again. I only had to send an email and MWL was there with its support. It was wonderful!"

"In hearing MWL President Pam Rochlin's remarks at the Annual Meeting last spring, I understand that there is sometimes a perception that MWL is an organization for “white women/big law firm.” I could not disagree more. I am from Brazil and work as in-house counsel. I certainly don’t fit that perception, but I am an active MWL member. I am so pleased to be part of an organization that promotes women in all aspects of the legal community and advocates for the interests of all women lawyers." 


Timia Flanagan is the Director, Licensing and Strategic Alliance for Korn Ferry based in the Firm’s Minneapolis office. Timia has over 15 years of Intellectual Property law and Human Resources experience. Her practice focuses on intellectual property, employment law and contract negotiations. Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Timia served as legal counsel in New York City. Timia has extensive international experience representing Global clients and practicing law in Latin America for several years prior to her relocation to the U.S. As leader of the Korn Ferry Licensing group, Timia is responsible for driving growth in intellectual property licensing revenue, IP contract negotiations, and supporting consulting implementations in the area of Talent Management, Diversity & Inclusion and Change Management. In addition to these responsibilities, Timia also leads the firm’s Strategic Alliances group, where she works on numerous complex negotiations with Human Capital Management technology providers that leverage Korn Ferry intellectual property within their solutions. Timia earned her juris doctorate degree from New York Law School and holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the Universidade Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil. She is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. She also holds a SPHR certification from the Human Capital Institute. 




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