Aaron advises individuals, startups, tech and telecommunications companies, banks, contractors, and businesses on a wide-variety of matters. With several years in private practice in Seattle and Missoula, and as the former Vice President and General Counsel of a leading technology / communications service provider operating in 16+ states in the greater Pacific Northwest, Aaron has the requisite knowledge and experience to help you and to help your business grow, minimize risk, improve operational efficiencies, comply with regulations, and resolve disputes.
Aaron enjoys the outdoors, playing and watching sports, attending concerts, drinking beer, reading, and spending time with his wife, two kids, and dog.
Aaron is active in the communities he serves. He is the supervising attorney at Blackstone LaunchPad at the University of Montana, where he helps law students at UM advise entrepreneurial individuals and students. Aaron is also on Camp Mak-A-Dream’s board of directors—a nonprofit that helps cancer survivors and their families develop lasting relationships with each other and similarly-situated individuals and families. He also advises some of the region’s largest nonprofit organizations.
Aaron graduated with high honors from the University of Montana with a B.A. in Political Science and Communications. After working in finance in Seattle Aaron attended, and graduated with honors from, the University of Montana School of Law.
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Sullivan Scholarship (character, integrity, and ethics)||Dean Robert E. Sullivan Law School Scholarship Fund||2009|
|Lopach Family Scholarship (interested in politics)||Lopach Family||2008|
|Attorney and Managing Partner||Neilson, Swanson, Dietrich, PLLC||2021 - Present|
|Attorney||Christian, Samson & Baskett, PLLC||2015 - 2021|
|Attorney||Zeno Bakalian P.S.||2013 - 2015|
|Attorney||Hanson Baker Ludlow Drumheller P.S.||2010 - 2013|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Blackstone Launchpad at the University of Montana||Supervising Attorney||2021 - Present|
|Camp Mak-A-Dream||Director||2020 - Present|
|State Bar of Montana||Member||2011 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|The Washington Landlord Association Quarterly||Legal Collection Steps||2014|
|Washington State Bar Association Litigation News||My Client's Car Was Stolen, But Was Still Parked In Her Garage: How I Used a State Statute to Void a Fraudulent Title Transfer||2013|
|Legal Blog||How Might a Hurricane in WA Impact Property Lines?||2012|
|Legal Blog||Bank Officers and Employees Avoid Liability on Major Gaffe||2012|
|Legal Blog||A Trustee's Undefined Duty of Care to Deed of Trust Grantors||2012|
|Montana Law Review||Recent Decisions Affecting The Montana Practitioner||2009|
|University of Montana School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2010|
|University of Montana||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2006|
|EKCBA Real Property Section Meeting||2013 Real Estate Cases in Washington State||2014|
|KCBA Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section||2013-2014 Real Estate Cases in Washington State||2014|
|Washington Landlord Association - 2013 Winter Conference||Collection Options for Landlords||2013|
|Washington Landlord Association - 2013 Spring Conference||Liability Traps for Landlords||2013|
|Post Foreclosure Deficiency Judgments Against Commercial Loan Guarantors||Recovered sizeable judgments.|
|Ancillary Probate||Obtained court order allowing the property to be sold, which allowed the surviving spouse to attend college.|
|Condo and Homeowner Associations||Resolved disputes and provided for better governance of associations.|
|Commercial Lease Disputes & Transactions||Relocate client businesses to appropriate work spaces at below-market rates.|
|Receivership litigation||Receivers were appointed over the entity borrowers, allowing for proper management of the entities and, in some cases, court authorized sales of those businesses and their land.|