Aaron E. Rifkind

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Chicago, IL

Rifkind Patrick, LLC
 | 20 West Hubbard Street, Fl 3-W
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 before all Illinois and Wisconsin state courts, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

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


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

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Clerk of the Circuit Court Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program-Chief Arbitrator
  • Illinois Licensed Managing Real Estate Broker
  • Wisconsin Licensed Attorney, since 2015
  • Illinois Licensed Attorney, since 2009
  • Accredited VA Attorney, Department of Veterans Affairs

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Business Law Section Council for the Dupage County Bar Association, 2016
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Wisconsin
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois
  • Dupage County Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • The Ark since 2010

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Guest Speaker, Disability Benefits: When Is Your Birthday?, Southern Nevada Center for Independent Living, National Disability Awareness Day In Las Vegas, 2011
  • Guest Speaker, Don't Forget Your Ticket To Work, Southern Nevada Center for Independent Living, National Disability Awareness Day In Las Vegas, 2010
  • 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
  • Chair Arbitrator, Illinois Supreme Court Mandatory Court-Annexed Arbitration Program, 2016
  • Assistant Editor of Global Studies Law Review, Washington University Law School

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
Office Location for Aaron E. Rifkind

20 West Hubbard Street
Fl 3-W
Chicago, IL 60654

Phone: 312-313-0234

Fax: 888-886-8134


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Last Updated: 8/27/2018

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