William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2008, Summa Cum Laude
University of Notre Dame, B.A., 2005, Dean's List
- Lambda Alpha Honor Society
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
- U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
Aaron Thomas is a member of the Business Litigation section and practices principally in the following areas:
- Business litigation and corporate disputes
- Banking litigation
- Commercial real estate litigation
- Professional liability litigation
- Environmental and land use litigation
As part of his litigation practice, Aaron has handled a variety of disputes involving corporate matters, commercial loans, business contracts, commercial leases and real estate matters and has successfully represented a broad range of clients in all phases of litigation from pre-trial motion practice through trials and appeals.
Business Litigation and Corporate Disputes
Aaron represents individual and corporate clients in all manners of corporate and commercial disputes, including matters involving corporate governance, shareholder and partnership disputes, employment contracts, supply and distribution agreements and general contract claims. His current and recent representative work includes:
Successfully representing one of the premier junior capital providers in the U.S. in its enforcement of a put-right provision obligating a corporation to redeem the client’s shares of Series A Preferred Stock.
Defending one of the country’s largest coffee retailers in connection with a shareholder’s exercise of dissenters' rights following a short-form merger, a transaction valued at $340 million.
Assisting in the successful representation of a large bottling company in connection with shareholder derivative suits challenging its merger with one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies, a transaction valued at $7.8 billion.
Aaron has successfully defended and prosecuted a myriad of litigation matters on behalf of financial institutions of all sizes, from local credit unions to large national lenders. His current and recent representative work includes:
Prosecuting a complex commercial mortgage foreclosure and breach of contract ligation on behalf of a national bank and obtaining damages in excess of $12 million on summary judgment.
Successfully defending a national bank against tortious interference and related claims in a multimillion dollar litigation stemming from a commercial borrower’s attempt to sell bank collateral.
Successfully defending claims that a national bank succeeded to declarant liabilities for alleged construction defects involving a large condominium project after the execution of a deed in lieu of foreclosure agreement.
Commercial Real Estate Litigation
Aaron has experience representing commercial landlords and tenants in various litigation matters to enforce contractual and statutory rights and remedies. Aaron has also represented real estate development, construction and project management companies in litigations involving alleged construction defects and personal injury. His current and recent representative work includes:
Successfully defending, at trial and on appeal, a commercial landlords efforts to evict a large commercial tenant for its alleged material breaches of a lease and obtaining an award of attorneys’ fees and costs.
Obtaining summary judgment in favor of a commercial landlord with respect to its claims for anticipatory breach of a lease agreement, specific performance and declaratory judgment.
Successfully defending an action commenced by a commercial tenant for alleged violations of a declaration of easements and restrictions and a reciprocal easement and operating agreement.
Professional Liability Litigation
Aaron represents professionals, including architects and engineers, in defending against claims of professional negligence. His current and recent representative work includes:
Successfully defending an engineering firm against a multi-million dollar negligence claim asserted by a City following a slope failure at an MSW landfill.
Successfully defending an engineering firm against professional negligence claims arising out of the design and construction of a cell phone antenna.
Successfully defending an engineering firm against professional negligence claims arising out of runway/taxiway reconstruction projects at airports in North Dakota and South Dakota.
Environmental and Land Use Litigation
Aaron has assisted in the defense and prosecution of several environmental litigations in a range of matters. Recent representative environmental work includes:
Counseling a large multi-national corporation regarding asbestos liabilities and attendant indemnification and insurance obligations arising out of a stock purchase agreement.
Defending a large chemical company in litigation involving a superfund site and potential CERCLA and related liability under a state solid waste disposal act.
Defending one of the nation’s largest disposers of biomedical waste in a breach of commercial lease litigation involving, among other things, the scope of permitted uses for the treatment and processing of biohazardous wastes.
While in law school, Aaron was an assistant editor for the William Mitchell Law Review and an executive editor for the Journal of the National Security Forum. Aaron was also champion of the William Mitchell Corporate Appellate Moot Court Competition, a national quarter-finalist in the Ruby R. Vale Inter-School Moot Court Competition, a Burton Legal Writing Award Nominee for best motion practice memorandum and a research assistant to Professor A. John Radsan.
Honors & Awards
- Minnesota Rising Star, Minnesota Super Lawyers
- Pro Bono Award, Briggs and Morgan, 2010
Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
American Bar Association, Member
In addition to other pro bono work, Aaron has handled child custody and spousal maintenance disputes and a criminal appeal as a Special Assistant State Public Defender. Aaron has also successfully prosecuted an FLSA action and an unemployment benefit appeal.
- July 5, 2016
- October 22, 2015
- November 18, 2008