Crystal Banse is an entrepreneur, attorney, and community leader with over fifteen years of professional experience in a variety of industries. In 2017, Ms. Banse founded Banse Law Group, providing cost-effective and high-quality consulting services to start-ups, investors, and companies of all sizes. Her practice focuses on all aspects of business law, real estate, and emerging markets. Ms. Banse is also co-founder of Herbal Law, a national legal consulting agency, exclusively serving the cannabis and hemp industries. Previously she co-founded a residential real estate company.
A former Captain in the Wisconsin Army National Guard, Ms. Banse served as a Judge Advocate for six years, where she advised commanders on proposed legal actions, reviewed and negotiated contracts, and drafted legislation and policy letters, earning her an Army Commendation Medal and the American Bar Association’s Military Legal Assistance Award. From 2014 until 2016, Ms. Banse served on active duty with the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C. tasked with launching a successful national legal assistance program.
From 2011 until 2014, Ms. Banse worked for the Wisconsin Department of Justice as an Assistant Attorney General, most notably prevailing in a federal civil rights jury trial and arguing before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She also served as a Special Prosecutor in Washington County, Wisconsin, where she prevailed on her first-ever jury trial mere weeks after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2010. While in school, she served on the Wisconsin Law Review, Moot Court Board, and interned for the prestigious Wisconsin Innocence Project.
In 2006, Ms. Banse graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee’s Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Ms. Banse continues to be active in her community, serving as the current Madison Chapter Chair for the Wisconsin Veteran's Chamber of Commerce, a Board Member for the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County and volunteering with the Legal Assistance Committee and as an Arbitration Panelist for the State Bar of Wisconsin.
- State of Wisconsin (2010)
- S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin (2010)
- S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin (2011)
- S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit (2011)
- Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (2015)
- American Bar Association - Business Section
- American Veteran Attorneys Association
- Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County
- National Cannabis Bar Association
- Premiere Professionals
- Wisconsin Veteran’s Chamber of Commerce