Aaron E. Brown


Tel 612.371.3221
Fax 612.371.3207

Aaron E. Brown advises public and private companies on mergers, acquisitions, sales, corporate formation, regulatory compliance, and other day-to-day legal and business matters. Prior to joining Ballard Spahr, Aaron was a judicial law clerk for the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

While in law school, Aaron worked in the Anoka County Attorney's Office, where he conducted pre-trial negotiations and appeared in both the expedited process court and the district court. As a 2016 Ballard Spahr summer associate, Aaron worked on matters involving business litigation, commercial transactions, employment law, financial institutions, and insurance recovery.

Representative Matters

  • Assisted Spell Capital Partners in connection with their acquisition of Pearson's Candy Company
  • Assisted a commercial financing company in connection with its purchase of $330 million in credit card receivables
  • Assisted a family-owned logistics company in connection with a $60 million stock sale to a private equity firm

Judicial Clerkship

Hon. Louise Dovre Bjorkman, Hon. Michelle A. Larkin, and Hon. Francis J. Connolly, Minnesota Court of Appeals, 2017-2018

Judicial Externship

Hon. Patrick J. Schiltz, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2016

Recognitions & Accomplishments

Recipient, University of St. Thomas School of Law's Living the Mission Award


"The Guns Aren't Illegal. But Sometimes the Owners Are," Bench and Bar of Minnesota, 2019

"This Time I'll Be Bulletproof: Using Ex Parte Firearm Prohibitions to Combat Intimate-Partner Violence," Columbia Human Rights Law Review, 2019

Co-author, "U.S. Supreme Court Protects Trademark Licensees," Bench and Bar of Minnesota, 2019

Co-author, "With Fee Compression on the Rise, Is It Finally Time to Say Hindsight is 2 and 20?" ABA Business Law Section eNewsletter, March 2019

"He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother: The Need for a Statutory Enabling of Sibling Visitation," Boston University Public Interest Law Journal, 2018

"What Does the Fox Say? Personal Jurisdiction, Domestic Violence, and the State's Sovereignty in Declaring the Protected Status of its Citizens," 14 U. St. Thomas L.J. 530, 2018

Investment Management Updates

"Is Private Equity 'Ready for Warren?'" September 23, 2019

"Here Come the Active Managers: SEC Allows Non-Transparent ETF Structure," June 17, 2019

"Fidelity's 'Infrastructure' Fee Draws Unwanted Attention From Regulators and Several Lawsuits," April 18, 2019

Board Memberships

The Domestic Abuse Project, 2019-present

University of St. Thomas, School of Law Alumni Advisory Board, 2019-present

Theresa Living Center, 2017-present

Community Activities

Mentor, University of St. Thomas School of Law Mentor Externship Program

TYLA Mock Trial Team, coach, 2017

University of St. Thomas School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2017)
Submissions Editor, University of St. Thomas Law Journal

University of St. Thomas (B.A., cum laude, 2014)