Aaron Harkins is a partner with Faegre Baker Daniels' Indian tribes team and finance & restructuring practice group, and ranks among the most respected legal advisors in Indian Country. In October 2013, he was named one of Global Gaming Business Magazine's (GGB) "40 Leaders in Waiting," and was recently profiled as an emerging leader.
Aaron explained to GGB that Faegre Baker Daniels—needing someone with a background in finance who was interested in working in Indian Country—convinced him to move to Minneapolis in 2004. Aaron thus began a new chapter in his career and quickly began to realize how much personal and professional enjoyment he took from working with Indian tribes.
Aaron has been extremely successful in his career at FaegreBD, recognizing that the firm's culture and support of emerging leaders and young professionals has helped him along the way. "One of the most important gestures to me as a relatively young associate was that my firm encouraged me to travel around the country to numerous conferences and industry events," He explained. "This was an invaluable experience that many large law firms would likely not have offered, and it helped me engage into the industry much faster than sitting in an office full-time ever could. Indian gaming is a small community, and throughout these events and conferences, contacts and relationships were formed that could not have developed simply by picking up a phone."