Aaron D. Werner

Aaron D. Werner

AARON D. WERNER is a partner in the firm's Business & Finance Group. He serves as outside general counsel and advisor to high-growth companies ranging from start-ups to seasoned businesses with annual revenues exceeding $500 million. Aaron applies a practical, straight-forward approach to solving legal problems. Clients work with Aaron as a business partner to develop cost-effective strategies in connection with the following issues:

  • Advising on choice of entity, corporate governance and tax planning;

  • Structuring equity and/or debt contributions;

  • Obtaining commercial financing;

  • Developing incentive compensation plans for key personnel;

  • Negotiating and drafting key vendor and supplier agreements;

  • Providing information technology services including drafting license agreements, service agreements, website terms and conditions, privacy policies and social media policies; and

  • Negotiating and completing acquisitions, divestitures or mergers for strategic buyers and financial buyers (both private equity and fundless sponsors).

In addition to serving as outside general counsel to mid-market businesses, in the last three years Aaron has completed over twenty transactions having an aggregate enterprise value in excess of one billion dollars. 

Outside of the office, Aaron is active in the Chicago non-profit community. Aaron spent a year volunteering at Rush Hospital as a bedside magician for Open Heart Magic before serving as chairman of the organization's board of directors for two years. Aaron currently serves as pro bono legal counsel to Open Heart Magic and has previously provided pro bono services to the Chicago chapter of Meals on Wheels. Aaron has also served as a volunteer interviewer for potential Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund recipients.



  • Open Heart Magic, Founder's Award, 2012
  • 2015, 2016 and 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars List


  • Chicago Bar Association, M&A Subcommittee, Former Co-Chair
  • Eric Victor Streich Memorial Fund Golf Outing, Co-Chair
  • Open Heart Magic, Chief Legal Officer and Former Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • University of Chicago Polsky Accelerator – Core Mentor (2016)
  • Co-Founder and Operator of the Health and Fitness Law Blog (www.fitandlegal.com)


Industries Served

  • Automotive Manufacturing & Dealerships
  • Banking
  • Broadcast Media
  • Construction
  • Entrepreneur/Start-Up Companies
  • Financial Services
  • Food/Beverage Services & Hospitality
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology
  • Leasing Companies
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing & Distribution
  • Mortgage Companies
  • Not-For-Profit Organizations
  • Retail
  • Service Companies
  • Specialty Finance
  • Telecommunications


    • Contact Information
    • Bar Admissions
      • Illinois
    • Education
      • University of Wisconsin-Madison, J.D., cum laude
      • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A.

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