Overview

Aaron Van Oort is a legal strategist and appellate lawyer who co-chairs Faegre Drinker’s appellate advocacy group. A former law clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia and a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Aaron is a thoughtful, persuasive voice for clients in trial and appellate courts throughout the country. Chambers USA describes him as having “notable prominence and presence in this field.”

Appellate Advocacy

Aaron has represented clients in 12 of the 13 U.S. Courts of Appeal, as well as in the U.S. Supreme Court and in state appellate courts. He is an editor of the Eighth Circuit Appellate Practice Manual (9th ed. 2020) and a contributing editor to ABA’s Appellate Practice Compendium (2013). He has successfully defended many favorable rulings on appeal and won reversal of many unfavorable ones, including winning reversals of adverse jury verdicts in both federal and state courts. Clients who have retained Aaron in appellate matters include 3M, Allianz, American Family Insurance, Bank of America, Boston Scientific, Capital One, Cargill, Cirrus Aircraft, General Mills, the NFL, Polaris, Seagate, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo and Xcel Energy.

Class Action Defense

In trial courts and on appeal, Aaron develops and implements the strategies to defeat class actions. He has defended more than 150 putative class actions and 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 compelled arbitration, won dismissal and summary judgment, defeated class certification, and negotiated favorable class and individual settlements. Client who have retained Aaron to defend class actions include the NFL, NHL and MLB; 3M; American Family Insurance; Capital One; General Mills; Google; Jani-King International; Life Time; Post Consumer Brands; Wells Fargo; and U.S. Bank.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Minnesota

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth 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 Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh 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

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
  • 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

Honors

  • Chambers USA — Minnesota, Litigation: Appellate, 2010-20 
  • Minnesota Lawyer — Attorneys of the Year, 2015
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Baker Benson Pro Bono Award, 2015
  • Best Lawyers®— Appellate Law, 2012-21 (Minnesota Appellate Lawyer of the Year, 2017, 2021)
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Appellate, 2013-20 (Top 100 Super Lawyers for Minnesota)

Awards Methodology

The Faegre Baker Daniels website uses cookies to make your browsing experience as useful as possible. In order to have the full site experience, keep cookies enabled on your web browser. By browsing our site with cookies enabled, you are agreeing to their use. Review Faegre Baker Daniels' cookies information for more details.