Aaron Van Oort is a legal strategist, class action litigator and appellate lawyer who co-chairs Faegre Baker Daniels’ appellate advocacy group. A former law clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia and a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Aaron is a voice for clients in trial and appellate courts throughout the country.

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 is an editor of the 8th Circuit Practice Manual (8th ed. 2018) and a contributing editor to the ABA Appellate Practice Compendium (2013). He has successfully defended favorable rulings on appeal and won reversal of unfavorable ones, including winning reversals of adverse jury verdicts in both federal and state courts. Clients who have retained Aaron in appellate matters include the NFL, General Mills, American Family Insurance, Cirrus Aircraft, Seagate, 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. He is an editor of the Bolch Judicial Institute’s Guidelines and Best Practices: Implementing 2018 Amendments to Rule 23 Class Action Settlement Provisions (Duke Law School 2018). With Aaron’s representation, clients have won dismissal or summary judgment, defeated class certification, and negotiated favorable class or individual settlements. 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, among other clients.


Bar Admissions


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 Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


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


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
  • 8th Circuit Appellate Practice Manual
    Editor, 8th Edition, 2018 
  • Guidelines and Best Practices: Implementing 2018 Amendments to Rule 23 Class Action Settlement Provisions
    Editor, Bolch Judicial Institute, Duke Law School, 2018 
  • 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
  • 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

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

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


  • Minnesota Lawyer — Attorneys of the Year, 2015
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Baker Benson Pro Bono Award, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America — Appellate Law, 2012-20; Antitrust Litigation, 2013, 2015-20 (Minnesota Antitrust Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2017)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business — Litigation: Appellate, 2010-19
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Appellate, 2013-19
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