Betsy Griffing

Betsy Griffing has practiced law in Montana for over 33 years.  Her work over the past three years, although it includes various complex federal and state civil litigation, has focused on employment law and constitutional law in the public and private sector, representing individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations local governments and other governmental entities.   She defends and prosecutes cases before the Montana Human Rights Bureau, and in state and federal court, on wrongful discharge or termination from employment, and wage claims.  She also continues to work on contract, property and financial litigation, including lending and mortgages.

Prior to coming to Axilon, Betsy was legal director of the Montana American Civil Liberties Union and an adjunct professor at the University of Montana School of Law where she taught Montana Constitutional Law, Property Law and Legal Writing.  In the constitutional arena, Betsy has been a lead litigator on privacy rights, Native American religious freedom, free speech and voting rights, LGBT rights, and right to equal protection of the laws.

Before focusing on constitutional litigation, Betsy represented the State of Montana on various levels, including chief for the all criminal appeals handled by the Montana Attorney General’s office where she was involved in or supervised hundreds of appeals before the Montana Supreme Court, numerous cases in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and two cases before the United States Supreme Court.  She also was division administrator in the Montana State Auditor’s office enforcing securities and insurance regulations.

IN THE PROFESSION

In addition to teaching at the University of Montana Law School, Betsy has been a presenter and trainer at numerous forums.  Most recently, she was a panelist at the 2015 Montana Equal Pay Summit discussing how litigation plays a role in implementing constitutional protections.  Betsy has addressed the Montana legislature on the role of the Montana and United States Constitutions.  She continues to represent criminal defendants on a pro bono basis, with the firm having received Outstanding Law Firm of the Year Award from the Montana Innocence Project.

IN THE COMMUNITY

Betsy serves on the Board of the Montana Innocence Project and continues to volunteer time for the reform of the criminal justice system.   Although she has lived in Montana all her life, she never grows tired of its wonders and loves backpacking, birding, and fly fishing.