Aaron E. Rifkind, JD, LLM
Aaron is a “one-stop shop.” He’s a multi-dimensional
business partner, transactional lawyer, commercial litigator, and outside
general counsel for companies of all sizes, including luxury lifestyle
brands based in New York, Chicago, and Italy.
When negotiating across the table from Fortune 500 dealmakers and AmLaw
200 lawyers, Aaron brings a secret weapon: he has always been more than
“just” a lawyer. Having personally built several successful
businesses, Aaron has a real world understanding of the pressures that
businesses—and their owners—face. He leverages that personal
experience to design practical, data-driven solutions to problems like:
Business Growth Strategies: As a true strategic partner and corporate generalist, Aaron works with
leadership to design and execute market entry, identify potential partners,
and negotiate business alliances, as well as goal setting, performance
matrices, team management, marketing, risk management, budget, finances, and more.
Business Operations: Aaron is a versatile lawyer able to add value across business operations,
including intellectual property protection, master service and vendor
agreements, selection and design of office and retail spaces, workflow
systems, and technology solutions. He also negotiates a wide array of
individual commercial contracts ranging from construction and union contracts,
to real estate leases, to purchase agreements.
Sales, Marketing, and e-Commerce: Aaron helps assess marketing scripts, client generation systems, compliance
with rules on advertising, website terms and conditions, user privacy
policies, and other end-user notifications.
Employment Law and Employee Training: Federal, state, and local employment regulations are continually changing.
Aaron creates hiring processes, employer policies, employee handbooks,
NDAs, and confidentiality agreements to help companies keep up.
Dispute Resolution and Settlement Negotiations: Aaron advises on both offensive and defensive disputes with business
partners, vendors, clients / customers, and regulators. He helps evaluate
potential corporate exposure and personal liability, as well as negotiates
resolutions to minimize business interruptions.
Litigation and Appeals: An award-winning litigator, Aaron has been Lead Counsel on 7th Circuit
appeals, cases before federal trial-level courts, 1000 cases before state
courts, and 2000+ administrative hearings across the country.
In 2015, Aaron co-founded Rifkind Patrick LLC, a client-focused law firm
representing businesses, investors, entrepreneurs, and others in general
transactions, compliance, business operations, contract negotiation, partnership
and shareholder disputes, commercial real estate transactions, construction
disputes, and more. He is also the firm’s Co-Managing Partner.
Sample Professional Associations and Leadership
Speaker at nearly 10 conferences and CLEs and author of publications on
topics like LLCs, arbitration, and tax. Chief arbitrator in Cook County
Mandatory Arbitration Program, overseeing 40+ arbitrations. Former board
member for the Business Division of DuPage County Bar Association, member
of Chicago Bar Association, and former member of the State Bar of Nevada
Admissions to Practice Law
New York and Illinois | U.S. Tax Court and U.S. N.D. Ill.
Real Estate Licenses
Illinois Licensed Managing Real Estate Broker, and member of the Chicago
Association of Realtors
Georgetown University Law Center LLM in Taxation | Washington University
School of Law JD | Brandeis University BA