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Bassford Remele is a full-service litigation firm located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Founded in 1882, the firm represents local, national and international clients in all areas of civil litigation.

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Aram V. Desteian

Attorney

Email: adesteian@bassford.com

Phone: 612.746.1088

Fax: 612.746.1298

Aram Desteian focuses his practice on representing businesses and professionals in all forms of litigation. Aram represents lawyers in claims involving legal ethics, legal malpractice, professional responsibility, and other areas of the law of lawyering. Aram similarly advises and represents fiduciaries in trust claims, as well as representing a variety of companies in business and commercial litigation, including complex civil litigation.

Aram graduated magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law. During law school, he served as Deputy Finance Director to an incumbent U.S. Senator’s reelection campaign. He also was a Research Assistant to Professor Roger Haydock, assisting the Professor in updating his treatise, Discovery Practice. Aram also served as an extern for the Honorable Regina Chu of the Fourth Judicial District.

Prior to entering law school, Aram was PAC and Political Director to a national advocacy organization with offices in Washington D.C. and Minneapolis. In that role, he served as the organization’s primary point of contact with Members of Congress and their campaigns, participated in policy discussions with members of Congress and their staffs, and conducted policy analysis regarding U.S. foreign policy, defense, and international trade issues.


Practice Areas

Business & Commercial Law
Consumer Law Defense
Estate Planning Litigation
Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Legal Malpractice
Professional Liability



Aram V. Desteian

Attorney

Email: adesteian@bassford.com

Phone: 612.746.1088

Fax: 612.746.1298

Education

William Mitchell College of Law

J.D. 2014
Honors: Magna Cum Laude, William Mitchell Merit Scholarship, Dean’s List, CALI Awards:  Professional Responsibility; Agency, Partnerships, and LLCs; Introduction to Tribal Law and Constitutional Criminal Procedure; Semifinalist: Rosalie Wahl Moot Court; Quarterfinalist: National NALSA Moot Court

Saint Olaf College

B.A., Political Science, 2005
Honors: Cum Laude




Aram V. Desteian

Attorney

Email: adesteian@bassford.com

Phone: 612.746.1088

Fax: 612.746.1298

Bar Admissions

State Bars
Minnesota, 2014

Federal Bars
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2014



Aram V. Desteian

Attorney

Email: adesteian@bassford.com

Phone: 612.746.1088

Fax: 612.746.1298

Judicial Clerkship

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




Aram V. Desteian

Attorney

Email: adesteian@bassford.com

Phone: 612.746.1088

Fax: 612.746.1298

Honors and Awards

Minnesota State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, Award for Excellence in the Study of Employment Law, 2014




Aram V. Desteian

Attorney

Email: adesteian@bassford.com

Phone: 612.746.1088

Fax: 612.746.1298

Professional Awards and Memberships

Minnesota State Bar Association

Rules of Professional Conduct Committee Member, 2016 - Present


Hennepin County Bar Association

Professionalism and Ethics Section Member, 2015 - Present


Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court

Barrister, 2016 - Present


Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Member


ACA International, Inc.

Members' Attorney Program





Aram V. Desteian

Attorney

Email: adesteian@bassford.com

Phone: 612.746.1088

Fax: 612.746.1298

Community Involvement

Volunteer Lawyers Network, Conciliation Court Clinic, 2014 - Present

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota, Board of Directors, Board Member, 2016 - Present

St. Paul Academy and Summit School, Alumni Council, 2010 – 2014




Aram V. Desteian

Attorney

Email: adesteian@bassford.com

Phone: 612.746.1088

Fax: 612.746.1298

Representative Cases

B-Jays USA, Inc. v. Red Wing Shoe Company, Inc., Civil Action No. 2: 15-cv-02182-SDW-SCM (D.N.J. Oct. 6, 2015).

St. Jude Medical, Inc. v. Neovasc (US) Inc., et al., No. 62-cv-15-3094 (Ramsey Cnty. Dist. Ct. May 11, 2015).

In re: Syngenta Litigation, No. 27-CV-15-3785 (Minn. Dist. Ct., filed Mar. 10, 2015) (working with co-lead litigation team in large, complex, civil litigation).

Schwantes v. Monco Law Offices, 13-cv-02382 MJD/TNL, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116532 (D. Minn. Aug. 21, 2014).




Aram V. Desteian

Attorney

Email: adesteian@bassford.com

Phone: 612.746.1088

Fax: 612.746.1298

Publications

Legal Malpractice/Professional Responsibility Update, The Litigator’s Annual Short Course, Minnesota State Bar Association, February 2017 (Co-Author with K. Hickey).

The Close Corporation Privilege Trap: The Troubled Legacy of Evans v. Blesi and the Minnesota Courts, Bench and Bar of MN, November 2015 (Co-Author with C.D. Marshall).

How to Leave Your Law Firm and Live to Tell the Tale, Bench and Bar of MN, Sept. 2015 (Co-Author with C.E. Lundberg).

The Tide Has Turned: An Update Regarding the Evolution of the Intra-Firm Attorney-Client Privilege, Int’l Assoc. of Def. Counsel Professional Liability Newsletter, Feb. 2015 (Co-Author with C.E. Lundberg).

Update on the In-Firm Privilege, MN Lawyering – Legal Ethics Blog with lead author, C. E. Lundberg, December 4, 2014.

New Developments in the Law Governing Privilege for Communications with Firm Counsel, MN Lawyering – Legal Ethics Blog with lead author, C. E. Lundberg, November 1, 2013.




Aram V. Desteian

Attorney

Email: adesteian@bassford.com

Phone: 612.746.1088

Fax: 612.746.1298

Presentations

Hot Topics in Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Seventh Annual Litigation and Ethics Seminar, April 7, 2017.

Common Ethical Pitfalls Facing New Lawyers, MDLA New Lawyers Section, April 6, 2017 (co-presented with Peter L. Gregory).

New Developments in Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Civil Litigator's Annual Short Course, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, February 22, 2017 (co-presented with K. Hickey).

The Ethics of Lawyer Mobility: How to Leave Your Law Firm and Live to Tell the Tale, Hennepin County Bar Association webinar, January 8, 2016 (co-presented with C.E. Lundberg).




Aram V. Desteian

Attorney

Email: adesteian@bassford.com

Phone: 612.746.1088

Fax: 612.746.1298

Aram Desteian focuses his practice on representing businesses and professionals in all forms of litigation. Aram represents lawyers in claims involving legal ethics, legal malpractice, professional responsibility, and other areas of the law of lawyering. Aram similarly advises and represents fiduciaries in trust claims, as well as representing a variety of companies in business and commercial litigation, including complex civil litigation.

Aram graduated magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law. During law school, he served as Deputy Finance Director to an incumbent U.S. Senator’s reelection campaign. He also was a Research Assistant to Professor Roger Haydock, assisting the Professor in updating his treatise, Discovery Practice. Aram also served as an extern for the Honorable Regina Chu of the Fourth Judicial District.

Prior to entering law school, Aram was PAC and Political Director to a national advocacy organization with offices in Washington D.C. and Minneapolis. In that role, he served as the organization’s primary point of contact with Members of Congress and their campaigns, participated in policy discussions with members of Congress and their staffs, and conducted policy analysis regarding U.S. foreign policy, defense, and international trade issues.


Practice Areas


Business & Commercial Law
Consumer Law Defense
Estate Planning Litigation
Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Legal Malpractice
Professional Liability

Education


William Mitchell College of Law

J.D. 2014
Honors: Magna Cum Laude, William Mitchell Merit Scholarship, Dean’s List, CALI Awards:  Professional Responsibility; Agency, Partnerships, and LLCs; Introduction to Tribal Law and Constitutional Criminal Procedure; Semifinalist: Rosalie Wahl Moot Court; Quarterfinalist: National NALSA Moot Court

Saint Olaf College

B.A., Political Science, 2005
Honors: Cum Laude

Bar Admissions


State Bars
Minnesota, 2014

Federal Bars
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2014

Judicial Clerkship


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


Honors and Awards


Minnesota State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, Award for Excellence in the Study of Employment Law, 2014


Professional Awards and Memberships


Minnesota State Bar Association

Rules of Professional Conduct Committee Member, 2016 - Present


Hennepin County Bar Association

Professionalism and Ethics Section Member, 2015 - Present


Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court

Barrister, 2016 - Present


Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Member


ACA International, Inc.

Members' Attorney Program



Community Involvement


Volunteer Lawyers Network, Conciliation Court Clinic, 2014 - Present

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota, Board of Directors, Board Member, 2016 - Present

St. Paul Academy and Summit School, Alumni Council, 2010 – 2014


Representative Cases


B-Jays USA, Inc. v. Red Wing Shoe Company, Inc., Civil Action No. 2: 15-cv-02182-SDW-SCM (D.N.J. Oct. 6, 2015).

St. Jude Medical, Inc. v. Neovasc (US) Inc., et al., No. 62-cv-15-3094 (Ramsey Cnty. Dist. Ct. May 11, 2015).

In re: Syngenta Litigation, No. 27-CV-15-3785 (Minn. Dist. Ct., filed Mar. 10, 2015) (working with co-lead litigation team in large, complex, civil litigation).

Schwantes v. Monco Law Offices, 13-cv-02382 MJD/TNL, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116532 (D. Minn. Aug. 21, 2014).


Publications


Legal Malpractice/Professional Responsibility Update, The Litigator’s Annual Short Course, Minnesota State Bar Association, February 2017 (Co-Author with K. Hickey).

The Close Corporation Privilege Trap: The Troubled Legacy of Evans v. Blesi and the Minnesota Courts, Bench and Bar of MN, November 2015 (Co-Author with C.D. Marshall).

How to Leave Your Law Firm and Live to Tell the Tale, Bench and Bar of MN, Sept. 2015 (Co-Author with C.E. Lundberg).

The Tide Has Turned: An Update Regarding the Evolution of the Intra-Firm Attorney-Client Privilege, Int’l Assoc. of Def. Counsel Professional Liability Newsletter, Feb. 2015 (Co-Author with C.E. Lundberg).

Update on the In-Firm Privilege, MN Lawyering – Legal Ethics Blog with lead author, C. E. Lundberg, December 4, 2014.

New Developments in the Law Governing Privilege for Communications with Firm Counsel, MN Lawyering – Legal Ethics Blog with lead author, C. E. Lundberg, November 1, 2013.


Presentations


Hot Topics in Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Seventh Annual Litigation and Ethics Seminar, April 7, 2017.

Common Ethical Pitfalls Facing New Lawyers, MDLA New Lawyers Section, April 6, 2017 (co-presented with Peter L. Gregory).

New Developments in Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Civil Litigator's Annual Short Course, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, February 22, 2017 (co-presented with K. Hickey).

The Ethics of Lawyer Mobility: How to Leave Your Law Firm and Live to Tell the Tale, Hennepin County Bar Association webinar, January 8, 2016 (co-presented with C.E. Lundberg).