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Aaron Dean Joins Best & Flanagan as a Partner

Construction Industry Law Leader Builds Practice at Twin Cities Firm 

 MINNEAPOLIS — March 15, 2013 — Respected attorney Aaron Dean, J.D., has joined Best & Flanagan, Minneapolis, as a partner in the firm’s Construction and Litigation practice groups. He joins from the Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A. firm, where he was a partner.

Mr. Dean’s practice focuses on all areas of the construction industry — including construction defects, mechanics liens and payment bond claims, performance bond claims, bid protests, bid mistakes, claim negotiation and prosecution, OSHA proceedings, contract drafting and negotiation, insurance coverage, DBE enforcement, false claims act claims and other industry specific disputes. His clients include contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, owners, design professionals and lenders. He is a frequent speaker to construction industry trade groups on construction issues.

Prior to practicing law, Mr. Dean clerked for Honorable David S. Doty, United States District Judge for the District of Minnesota and for Honorable James M. Rosenbaum, United States District Judge for the District of Minnesota.

“We are very pleased to have such a well-respected attorney join Best & Flanagan as a partner,” says Robert Maher, managing partner, Best & Flanagan. “Mr. Dean’s expertise will be an asset to both our Construction and Litigation practice groups, and will allow us to continue providing our clients with the highest level of service.”

“I am thrilled to be practicing law at Best & Flanagan — one with such a strong reputation in the legal community,” says Aaron Dean, partner, Best & Flanagan. “I look forward to offering my clients expanded capabilities through this firm’s full list of services.”

Mr. Dean holds a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law and a bachelor’s from Lafayette College. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota; as well as the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, District of North Dakota and U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit. He has been named to the Minnesota Super Lawyers list of outstanding lawyers from 2003 – 2006, and again from 2008 – 2012.

He is a member of the American Bar Association; the Minnesota State Bar Association (Construction Law Section, Past Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Council Member); the Minnesota Subcontractors Association, Minnesota Chapter (Treasurer 2012-2013); and has served on the William Mitchell College of Law Alumni Board (2003-2008); American Subcontractors Association, Minnesota Chapter Board of Directors (2008-2011); and ABA Forum on the Construction Industry. In his spare time, Mr. Dean has coached 16 youth sports teams in the last few years.


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