Aaron Knoll is a business litigator. He represents national and international businesses in a wide range of commercial, consumer, and class-action disputes. He also advocates for renewable-energy developers and conducts internal and agency investigations.

Mindful that litigation presents both challenges and opportunities, Aaron works together with his clients to understand their unique interests, develop reliable solutions to achieve their goals, and pursue strategies and tactics that make practical sense. He then champions his clients with high-quality, cost-effective service.

 

 

Representative Experience

BUSINESS LITIGATION

Aaron has defended companies in complex and high-value commercial, consumer, and class-action litigation in federal and state courts:

  • Successfully defended Fortune 500 company against allegations of breach of license agreement, fraud, and anti-competitive conduct
  • Successfully defended national creditor against statutory-fraud and business-tort claims and guided the client through system-wide risk-mitigation improvements
  • Successfully compelled arbitration on behalf of major retail finance company after a bench trial
  • Defended Fortune 500 company in putative nationwide class action involving dental products and alleging breach-of-warranty and consumer-fraud claims
  • Defended national tile retailer in securities class action to amicable settlement
  • Successfully compelled arbitration in many putative consumer-protection class actions on behalf of financial institutions and retailers
  • Successfully defeated or resolved in amicable settlement several opt-out cases pursuing Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Aaron has represented developers in navigating regulatory issues or litigating commercial disputes specific to the solar- and wind-energy industries.

INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS

Finally, Aaron has handled anti-corruption and other investigations for businesses faced with whistleblower allegations, regulatory action, and auditor scrutiny:

  • Represented filtration company to investigate allegations of accounting irregularities in Belgium
  • Represented large industrial client to investigate allegations of FCPA violations in China
  • Represented agricultural processor to investigate allegations of unsafe food handling practices
  • Represented commercial dairy producer to investigate allegations of FCPA violations in Mexico
  • Represented healthcare technology management organization to investigate allegations of FCPA violations in India

Aaron also maintains an active pro bono practice. Previously, he defended a death-row inmate in Alabama state and federal post-conviction proceedings and argued a criminal appeal on Fourth Amendment grounds in Minnesota state court.

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • State of Minnesota 

Professional & Community Affiliations

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • University of St. Thomas School of Law Mentor Program, Mentor (2015-present)
  • American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition, Coach (2013-2015)

Thought Leadership

PUBLICATIONS

  • Residential- and Commercial-Scale Distributed Wind Energy in North Dakota, USA, Co-Author, Renewable Energy (2009)

TEACHING AND LECTURING

Teaching

  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, Adjunct Professor (2014-present)

Lecturing

  • Two’s Company, Three’s a Crowd: Privilege and Confidentiality Issues for Lawyers Representing Multiple Parties, Co-Presenter with Cliff Greene, Minnesota CLE (2017)
  • Significant New Civil Procedure Cases in 2016, Co-Presenter, Minnesota CLE (2017)
  • Effective and Efficient Written Discovery, Minnesota CLE (2016)
  • Significant New Civil Procedure Cases in 2015, Co-Presenter, Minnesota CLE (2016)

Recognition

  • Recognized as Minnesota State Bar Association North Star Lawyer for pro bono service (2016)
  • Judge Earl R. Larson Law Student Award, Federal Bar Association (2012)
  • Mission Award for Excellence in Professional Preparation, University of St. Thomas School of Law

Practice Areas


Education

J.D., University of St. Thomas School of Law, summa cum laude (2012); Articles Editor, St. Thomas Law Review

 

B.A., University of Minnesota, History and Geography, with Distinction, magna cum laude (2009)


Experience

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Associate (2013-2014; 2015-2017)

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, Judge Paul A. Magnuson, Law Clerk (2014-2015)

Minnesota Supreme Court, Justice Christopher J. Dietzen, Law Clerk (2012-2013)