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 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2009
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Construction Litigation: Consumer (20%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%),
  • Real Estate: Business (10%)
Attorney Profile

Aaron E. Rifkind is a co-managing partner of Rifkind Patrick, LLC, located in Chicago, Illinois. Representing clients throughout the area, he focuses his practice on business transactions, ranging in scope from company formation to the preparation of employment and shareholder agreements to negotiating mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Rifkind also handles a wide range of commercial litigation for his business clients, including breach of contract and intellectual property disputes.

Mr. Rifkind received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Brandeis University in 2005. He then pursued his legal studies at Washington University School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 2008. While in law school, Mr. Rifkind served on the Washington University Law Review and also spent a semester at the National University of Singapore, where he studied international law. Upon graduation, Mr. Rifkind joined a well-known Chicago firm, where he was managing partner and handled Social Security Disability claims on behalf of his clients until co-founding his current firm in 2015. Admitted to practice law in New York, Illinois and Wisconsin state courts, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Since 2018, Mr. Rifkind has been attending Georgetown University Law Center and is in the process of obtaining his Executive LLM in Taxation.

During his career, Mr. Rifkind has developed an excellent reputation with his fellow professionals for his excellent track record and high degree of ethics. This is reflected in his receipt of a 10.0 "Superb" peer-review rating through Avvo. He stays abreast of current developments in his practice areas through his memberships in several legal organizations, including the American, Illinois State and DuPage County bar associations. Active in his community as well, Mr. Rifkind provides pro bono legal services to The Ark, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (50%): Non-Compete Agreements

Construction Litigation (20%): Construction Defects

Business/Corporate (20%): Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Contracts, Business Organizations

Real Estate (10%)

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 - 2019

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About Aaron Rifkind

Admitted: 2009, Illinois

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


  • 4.8/5.0 Peer Review, Martindale-Hubbell, 2016
  • 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 Professionals for countless hours of pro bono service for the year in the field of Administrative Law, 2013
  • 5.0/5.0 Client's Choice Award, AVVO, 2015
  • Premier 100 , National Academy of Jurisprudence, 2017
  • Illinois Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2018
  • 10.0/10.0 Attorney Review Rating, AVVO, 2015
  • 5.0/5.0 Client Distinction Award, Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
  • Second place brief in Environmental Moot Court Competition, Washington University Law School
  • Clients' Choice Award, AVVO, 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40 Litigation Lawyers in Illinois, The American Society of Legal Advocates, 2018
  • 5.0/5.0 Client Distinction Award, Martindale-Hubbell, 2015
  • Illinois Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2017
  • Gold Client Champion Award, Martindale-Hubbell, 2017

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • 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
  • 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:

  • Guest Speaker, Don't Forget Your Ticket To Work, Southern Nevada Center for Independent Living, National Disability Awareness Day In Las Vegas, 2010
  • Guest Speaker, Disability Benefits: When Is Your Birthday?, Southern Nevada Center for Independent Living, National Disability Awareness Day In Las Vegas, 2011
  • Guest Speaker, The Doctor's Opinion On How Many Days The Claimant Would Miss Per Month, National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, Spring Conference in Philadelphia, 2012
  • Chair Arbitrator, Illinois Supreme Court Mandatory Court-Annexed Arbitration Program, 2016
  • Assistant Editor of Global Studies Law Review, Washington University Law School
  • 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
  • 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 $145,000 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 $75,000 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

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Most Viewed Legal Article on Article Alley http://aaronrifkind.articlealley.com/dont-forget-your-ticket-to-work-1110367.html, 2009

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: 3/19/2019

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