Marc Betinsky



Marc knows litigation. He spent more than 11 years as the career law clerk for Judge Richard H. Kyle in the federal district court in Minnesota. There, he served as the Judge’s chief advisor on a wide variety of civil and criminal litigation, including numerous cases alleging police misconduct and other civil-rights violations. His deep knowledge of court proceedings and judicial preferences allows him to collaborate effectively with other attorneys on critical motion, trial, and appellate strategies. Marc also has experience working for federal judges in Florida and New York, and previously handled commercial disputes and employment cases for several of the country’s largest law firms.

Marc graduated from Cornell Law School in 1998 and received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Florida, where he served as the lone math tutor for the Gators’ athletic teams. He enjoys leveraging his unique skills to help clients solve problems in a pragmatic and expeditious manner.

$20 million; Ruszczyk v. Noor, et al. U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2019): On July 15, 2017, Justine Maia Ruszczyk was murdered by Mohamed Mohamed Noor, a Minneapolis Police officer. Justine had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alleyway behind her home in the Fulton neighborhood of Minneapolis. Justine was murdered in the same alleyway. She was barefoot and wearing pink pajamas. She had not committed any crime. She had not displayed any aggression. She was unarmed. She posed no threat to Noor or his partner, Matthew Harrity, or anyone else on the scene. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

$1.8 million; Huber v. Sobiech et al. U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2018): Federal civil rights action brought on behalf of the next of kin of Brett Huber, Jr., who hanged himself at the Todd County Jail in June 2017 after manifesting symptoms of serious mental health problems over a three-month period. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

$350,000; Olesen v. Roddy et al. U,S, District Court, District of Minnesota (2018):  Trevor Olesen suffered a prolonged police K9 attack on May 26, 2016 that resulted in gaping wounds to his right leg. A portion of the attack was captured on drone video. The video shows Olesen being viciously attacked by K9 Jax, who was deployed on Olesen by Defendant Roddy, a K9 handler and police officer with the City of Fridley. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Northstar Lawyer
  • Named a “North Star Lawyer” by the Minnesota State Bar Association for providing at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services (2021-2022)
  • Member, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel (2022)
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter, Mentorship Committee (2022-present); Communications Committee (2010-2013)
Bar Admissions
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, North Dakota
  • Cornell Law School, J.D. with honors
  • University of Florida, B.S. in Mathematics, with high honors 
Professional Associations
  • Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Association for Justice
  • American Association for Justice
  • Federal Bar Association, Civil Rights section

  • “Bugs In The Office: Are Surreptitious Tape Recordings By Employees Discoverable? If So, What Happens Next?,” N.Y. Employment Law & Practice, vol. 5, no. 1 (Nov. 2003).
  • “Defenses In Year 2000 Litigation: New Technology, Old Theories,” 5 B.U. J. Sci. & Tech. L. 2 (1999) (co-author).
  • “Personal Jurisdiction: If The (International) Shoe Fits, Wear It – But Does It Fit The Net?” Journal of Internet Law, July 1999, at 17 (co-author).

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