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Aram V. Desteian


Aram V. Desteian


Practice Groups

Class Action/Multidistrict Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Professional Liability/Claim Prevention

Industry Groups

Law Firms and Lawyers


Mr. Desteian represents businesses in complex commercial litigation, and also counsels and defends other lawyers against a spectrum of professional liability claims.

Mr. Desteian’s commercial litigation practice includes representing businesses in a wide range of business disputes. As a professional liability attorney, he regularly helps other lawyers prevent and navigate lawsuits, investigations, board proceedings, and hearings involving legal ethics, legal malpractice, and other areas relating to the law of lawyering.

Mr. Desteian graduated magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law. Prior to entering law school, Mr. Desteian served as Deputy Finance Director to an incumbent U.S. Senator’s reelection campaign, as well as PAC and Political Director to a national advocacy organization with offices in Washington D.C. and Minneapolis. Mr. Desteian serves as Bassford Remele's Associate General Counsel.

Education & Admissions


  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2014
    • William Mitchell Merit Scholarship
    • Dean’s List
    • CALI Awards: Professional Responsibility; Agency, Partnerships, and LLCs; Introduction to Tribal Law and Constitutional Criminal Procedure
  • St. Olaf College, B.A., cum laude, 2005

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Minnesota

Judicial Externship

  • Fourth Judicial District, The Honorable Regina M. Chu, Judicial Extern, 2013

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court, Barrister

Bar Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, 2016-present
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
    • Professionalism and Ethics Section, 2015-present

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • The National Creditors Bar Association

Civic Involvement

  • St. Paul Academy and Summit School, Alumni Council, Council Member
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota, Board of Directors
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network, 2014-present


  • Attorney of the Year, as part of the Syngenta Legal Team, Minnesota Lawyer, 2017
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers, 2018
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  • What if You Get Hit By a Truck? aka Succession Planning is for Everyone, co-presenter, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company Defense Panel Seminar, August 6, 2019
  • Choice of Law & Causes of Action Against 3M Under Minnesota Law, co-presenter, 3M CAEv2 Earplugs Seminar, February 26, 2019
  • New Developments in Ethics and Professional Responsibility, co-presenter with K.P. Hickey, The Litigator's Annual Short Course, Minnesota State Bar Association, February 13, 2019
  • Elements of Privilege: Made in Confidence, co-presenter, Attorney-Client Privilege: What Every Attorney Needs to Know Seminar, Minnesota CLE, August 30, 2018
  • Hot Topics in Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility - Torts, Litigation and Ethics VII, presenter, Eighth Annual Litigation and Ethics Seminar, April 6, 2018
  • Fair Debt: Ethics in Consumer Collection Litigation, presenter, The National Creditors Bar Association Fall Conference, Washington, D.C., October 14, 2017
  • Hot Topics in Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, presenter, Seventh Annual Litigation and Ethics Seminar, April 7, 2017
  • Common Ethical Pitfalls Facing New Lawyers, co-presenter, MDLA New Lawyers Section, April 6, 2017
  • New Developments in Ethics and Professional Responsibility, co-presenter with K.P. Hickey, Civil Litigator's Annual Short Course, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, February 22, 2017
  • The Ethics of Lawyer Mobility: How to Leave Your Law Firm and Live to Tell the Tale, co-presenter with C.E. Lundberg, Hennepin County Bar Association webinar, January 8, 2016