Overview

Aaron Van Oort is a legal strategist, class action litigator and appellate lawyer. With a background clerking at the Supreme Court and Seventh Circuit and experience managing critical cases, Aaron leads appellate teams in effectively advocating for clients’ positions at the highest levels of the judicial system. Aaron co-chairs Faegre Baker Daniels’ appellate advocacy group.

Appellate Advocacy

Aaron has represented clients in 12 of the 13 United States Courts of Appeal, as well as in the United States Supreme Court and in state appellate courts. He has successfully obtained reversals of jury verdicts in both federal and state courts. Clients he has represented in appellate matters include General Mills, Seagate, the NFL, Bank of America, Capital One, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, Koch Industries and Xcel Energy.

Class Action Defense

Aaron has defended more than 100 class actions across the country. With his representation, clients have won summary judgment, negotiated nationwide class settlements, defeated class certifications, and won dismissal of putative nationwide classes. In class actions, Aaron has represented 3M, Google, the NFL, the National Hockey League, Capital One, General Mills, Jani-King International, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, American Family Insurance, Koch Industries and Life Time Fitness.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Minnesota

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Clerkships

United States Supreme Court, Hon. Antonin Scalia, 2000-2001
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Hon. Richard A. Posner, 1999-2000

Education

University of Chicago Law School
J.D. with high honors, Order of the Coif, Law Review (articles editor) (1999)

University of Minnesota, Morris
B.A. with high distinction, with honors (1996)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • The Supreme Court Term in Preview
    Panelist, Eighth Circuit Bar Association, St. Paul, October 18, 2017
  • Recent Developments in Class Action Law
    Panelist, PLI Consumer Financial Services Institute, New York, April 2017
  • The U.S. Supreme Court's Big New Decisions 
    Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, 2017
  • Certiorari Practice in the U.S. Supreme Court
    Chapter co-author, Eighth Circuit Appellate Practice Manual, 7th ed., 2016
  • Evaluating Proposed Class-Action Settlements
    Panel Moderator, Duke Class-Action Settlement Conference, San Diego, October 2016
  • Recent Developments in Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) Litigation
    Banking Law Institute, Minneapolis, 2013
  • ABA Appellate Practice Compendium
    Contributing Author, 2013
  • Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Trade Practice Regulation in Minnesota
    Contributing Editor
  • 8th Circuit Appellate Practice Manual
    Contributing Editor, 6th Edition, 2013

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers 
  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Past Chair of Appellate Section

Honors

  • Minnesota Lawyer — Attorneys of the Year, 2015
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Baker Benson Pro Bono Award, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America — Appellate Law, 2012-17; Antitrust Litigation, 2013, 2015-17 (Minnesota Antitrust Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2017)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business — Litigation: Appellate, 2010-18
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Appellate, 2013-18
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