Brenda Hustad is the finance director at Briol & Benson. Brenda is responsible for all issues in the firm related to financial reporting, credit lines, bank accounts, payables, receivables, general accounting, payroll, taxes, time and billing. Brenda works closely with the attorneys and the firm’s clients in handling all of these issues.

Brenda has been with Briol & Benson (formerly Briol & Associates) since 1994. She earned her B.A. in Business from Metro State University and her two year certificate in accounting from Mankato Technical Institute.



Madeline is a legal assistant at Briol & Benson, PLLC. In addition to occupying the reception desk, she handles administrative duties for all of the attorneys; these include electronic filing, conducting legal research, and preparing correspondence, among other things. Madeline earned her B.A. in English Literature from Northwestern University, and has been with the firm since November 2017.

Maria Krautkremer


Maria is a legal assistant at Briol & Benson, PLLC. She provides administrative assistance to all of the attorneys, including maintaining client files, organizing court documents, and electronically filing documents with the court. Maria graduated with a B.S. in Genetics from the University of Minnesota, and has been with the firm since February 2019. She is interested in patent law and plans on attending law school.