Aaron E. Rifkind

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Chicago, IL

Rifkind Patrick, LLC
 | 20 West Hubbard Street, Floor 3
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312-313-0234
Fax: 888-886-8134
Selected To Rising Stars: 2017 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2009
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Construction Litigation: Consumer (20%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%),
  • Real Estate: Business (10%)
Attorney Profile

Aaron E. Rifkind, JD, LLM (in progress)

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.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Business Litigation
  • 20%Construction Litigation
  • 20%Business/Corporate
  • 10%Real Estate
Focus Areas

Non-Compete Agreements, Construction Defects, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Contracts, Business Organizations


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Rising Stars: 2017 - 2020

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About Aaron Rifkind

Admitted: 2009, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.rifkindpatrick.com/Attorneys/Aaron-E-Rifkind.aspx


  • Named to Illinois Rising Stars four years in a row, Illinois Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2020
  • Named to Illinois Rising Stars three years in a row, Illinois Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2019
  • Named as one of several attorneys to JUF's Chicago's Most Caring Legal Professionals for countless hours of pro bono service for the year in the field of Administrative Law, Chicago's Most Caring Legal Professionals, JUF, 2013
  • Illinois Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2018
  • Top 40 Under 40 Litigation Lawyers in Illinois, The American Society of Legal Advocates, 2018
  • Illinois Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2017

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Clerk of the Circuit Court Lake County Mandatory Arbitration Program-Chief Arbitrator, 2020
  • Pennsylvania Licensed Attorney, 2020
  • Illinois Licensed Attorney, since 2009
  • New York licensed attorney, 2019
  • Illinois Licensed Managing Real Estate Broker
  • Clerk of the Circuit Court Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program-Chief Arbitrator
  • Accredited VA Attorney, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Wisconsin Licensed Attorney, since 2015

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Admitted to the New York Bar, 2019
  • Civil Rights Award Committee Member for the Federal Bar Association, 2019
  • Admission to the United States Tax Court, 2019
  • Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Wisconsin
  • Business Law Section Council for the Dupage County Bar Association, 2016
  • Dupage County Bar Association, Member
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • The Ark since 2010

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Mandatory Cook County arbitration can be beneficial towards resolving all kinds of disputes, whether you are a Plaintiff or Defendant, Author, In Support of the Illinois Mandatory Arbitration Program, Illinois Superlawyers, Law, 2017
  • Article published by Aaron Rifkind discussing the many benefits of choosing to create an Illinois Limited Liability Company, Author, The Power of the Illinois LLC, Daily Herald Business Ledger, Business, 2016
  • In Illinois, both potential and existing business owners have a multitude of business formation options. However, many business owners choose the LLC due to its asset protection, tax, liability, and corporate maintenance benefits, CLE Lecturer, The Illinois Limited Liability Company, ApexCLE, Business Law, 2018


  • Obtained a judgment in favor of Plaintiff at trial on promissory fraud and breach of contract. Plaintiff was misled into purchasing a restaurant from a seller that was substantially less than advertised., 2019
  • Successful defense of a small roofing company in an ongoing breach of contract construction dispute. Client was sued for seven (7) figures and did not have to pay anything., 2017
  • Successfully obtained a Judgment on behalf of an electronic future's exchange against a trader for violations of its Rulebook and policies., 2017
  • Obtained a successful six (6) figure settlement for a small construction and maintenance company against a large corporation. The case focused on breach of contract matters., 2018
  • Obtained a little over $800,000 judgment on behalf of a consumer against small retail sales corporations. The case involved consumer fraud, intentional misrepresentation, breach of contract, among other actions., 2016
  • Obtained a seven (7) figure settlement for a small technology company. Case involved tortious interference and alleged trade secrets violations., 2018

Educational Background:

  • Brandeis University, Honors: magna cum laude, 2005
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Executive LLM in Taxation Candidate
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Office Location for Aaron E. Rifkind

20 West Hubbard Street
Floor 3
Chicago, IL 60654

Phone: 312-313-0234

Fax: 888-886-8134

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Last Updated: 1/20/2020

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