Thompson Coburn LLP
Aaron’s practice is dedicated entirely to helping institutions of higher education navigate complex legal and regulatory matters. He has significant experience in the array of federal, state, and accrediting agency laws and standards that govern postsecondary institutions, and is a frequent writer and speaker on topics relating to higher education policy and the federal financial aid programs.
In 2018, Aaron served the U.S. Department of Education as one of 17 negotiators charged with overhauling the Department's complex and controversial "borrower defense" rule. The Department selected Aaron to represent and negotiate on behalf of general counsels, attorneys and compliance officers at postsecondary institutions nationwide.
Aaron regularly represents institutions in administrative proceedings before state licensing entities, accrediting agencies, and the U.S. Department of Education, including matters arising from audits, program reviews, and investigations of the Office of Inspector General.
In support of institutional initiatives, he assists clients in drafting and negotiating a wide variety of agreements, including domestic and international articulation, consortium, licensing, marketing, and agency contracts, and in the case of postsecondary mergers and acquisitions, stock and asset purchase agreements. Aaron also assists with the management of regulatory and government agency relationships, policy creation and implementation, strategic planning, and compliance systems design.
Aaron is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and of the American Bar Association.