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Aimée D. Dayhoff

Each decision has to be the best one for your business – there is no universal right answer.

My Approach

There’s a perception of litigators as being argumentative to a fault, thriving on confrontation. While I can certainly hold my ground  – and do on issues important to my clients – it’s not always in the best interest of their businesses to pound a path to the courtroom.

My clients come to me when they have a problem that they need to solve, whether it’s deciding whether to sign a vendor contract, or whether to enter into litigation with a former employee. It’s important to get details right on the front-end to avoid repercussions later, which means really getting to know my clients’ businesses inside and out.

When it comes to litigation, I guide my clients through the difficult and sometimes emotional process. Your business is your baby, and it can be natural to feel that it’s being attacked when being sued for breach of contract, perhaps, or if a former employee has stolen trade secrets. But motivation can’t be dictated by personal animosity, and I help my clients take the emotion out of a naturally fraught process, to find the answer that’s right for their business.

For some closely held businesses, I serve as outside general counsel, acting as a sounding board for their day-to-day issues. In this capacity, I love being able to work with my clients as a partner in their businesses, being able to connect them with the experts at the firm that can address a specific issue, and save them the cost of maintaining an internal legal department.

Groundbreaking Moment in My Career

One of the first cases I ever tried to verdict was on behalf of a large U.S. company that manufactured wooden yachts. I was given the opportunity to truly co-chair the case with my mentor, an incredibly seasoned and well-respected trial veteran. Even as a young lawyer, he and our client trusted me to take the case and run with it, including traveling to Turkey to depose the owner of the company we were suing. After two years of fierce litigation on both sides, we won a $10 million jury verdict in federal court. I had a very worthy opponent, too, which made it an even sweeter victory.

Practice Areas

Honors & Awards

Local Litigation Star

Benchmark Litigation, 2016-2018

Future Star

Benchmark Litigation, 2013-2015

Minnesota Super Lawyers®

Top 50 Women, 2014-2017

Top 50 Women in Business

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2013

40 Under 40

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2011

Rising Stars

Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2009-2012

Up & Coming Attorney

Minnesota Lawyer, 2008

Associations & Memberships

Minnesota State Bar Association

American Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Hennepin County Bar Association

Mentor, 2005-2012

Ramsey County Bar Association

Mini-Hops Gymnastics

Board of Directors, 2016-present
Secretary, 2017-present

Minnesota Grape Growers Association

Board of Directors, 2016-2017

Minnesota Humanities Center

Board of Directors, 2010-2013
Marketing Committee, 2010-2013

Greater Twin Cities United Way

Member, Women's Leadership Council, 2009-2013
Co-Chair, Women's Giving, 2013-2014
Co-Chair of Membership, Women United, 2014-2017

Minnesota Zoo Board of Directors

Trustee, 2013-2017
Member, Governance Committee, 2010-present
Chair, 2014 and 2015 Beastly Ball

Minnesota Zoo Foundation Board of Directors

Vice Chair, July 2017-present
Trustee, 2017-present

National Association of Women Business Owners - Minnesota Chapter

Board of Directors, 2013-2017
Co-Chair, Programs Committee, 2014-2016