Aaron S. Bayer


Aaron S. Bayer
office Hartford
phone 860-297-3759
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Aaron draws on his experience within higher education and government to advise colleges, universities, private secondary schools, and nonprofit organizations on the complex legal, regulatory, governmental, and public relations issues that they regularly face.

Aaron heads the firm's Education Practice Group and is a litigation Partner. He counsels education clients on a variety of regulatory and compliance matters and helps those clients respond to government investigations, including Title IX claims.

His advice is tempered by a deep understanding of the culture and operations of colleges and universities, having served as General Counsel and Secretary of Connecticut College. In that position, he coordinated the work of the Board of Trustees, advised the college's President, and oversaw all of the college's legal affairs, including litigation, contracts, internal policies and procedures, and compliance with state and federal law. He also served as Acting Vice President for Advancement. Aaron has taught Constitutional Law at both Connecticut College and the U. S. Coast Guard Academy.

Aaron is also an accomplished appellate lawyer. A previous Chair of the firm's Appellate Practice Group, he has argued numerous high-profile cases before state and federal appeals courts in Connecticut and around the country. He has written on appellate issues, including a regular column for the National Law Journal.

Since 2006, he has been named in The Best Lawyers in America for his work as an appellate lawyer and was named Hartford Appellate Practice "Lawyer of the Year." Aaron was also honored as a "litigation star" by Benchmark Litigation in the categories of Appellate, General Commercial, and Higher Education Law.

Aaron previously served as the Deputy Attorney General of Connecticut and as counsel to the U. S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee and to U. S. Senator Joseph Lieberman. As Deputy Attorney General, he oversaw the work of the Office's 200 attorneys, which included advising the governor, legislature, and all agency heads; representing the state in all civil litigation; and investigating misconduct by state officials. He managed some of the Office's most complex and politically sensitive cases. Aaron draws on that government experience in advising clients on a wide array of government regulatory matters and investigations—providing legal guidance that is tempered by an understanding of the related government relations and public relations issues that clients face.

Aaron also has significant experience managing and advising nonprofit organizations, having served on many boards of directors, including as the Chair of Connecticut Legal Services, Vice President of the Connecticut Foundation for Open Government, and a director of the Connecticut Public Affairs Network.

He is a longstanding advocate of open government, winning awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Freedom of Information Commission. He served on the Judicial Task Force on Public Access, established by the acting Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court to increase public access to the courts; and chaired the Committee on Access to Judicial Proceedings, which recommended expanding media coverage of court proceedings.

Aaron received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review, and obtained a B.A. summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University. After law school, he was a clerk to Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.


  • Champion of Open Government Award, Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information (2011)
  • Connecticut Judicial Branch Article Vth Award for service on Public Access Task Force (2006)
  • E. Bartlett Barnes Freedom of Information Award for "contributions to open and accountable government" (awarded by FOIC, February 2000)
  • Freedom of Information Award from Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists (February 2000)
  • Selected as Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellow


  • Connecticut Bar Foundation
    • Cooper Fellows Education and Program Committee
  • Connecticut Legal Services
    •  Chair (2008-2009)
  • Connecticut Legal Services
    •  Vice Chair (2007-2008)
  • Connecticut Foundation for Open Government
    • Vice President (2000 - Current)
  • Connecticut Judicial Branch Public Access Task Force
    • Appointed by Chief Justice (2006)
  • Connecticut Judicial Branch Public Access Task Force
    • Chair, Committee on Access to Judicial Proceedings, (2006)
  • Connecticut Public Affairs Network
    • Board Member
  • International Festival of Arts & Ideas
    • Board Member (2005-2007)
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)


07.13.2018University Wins Important Tuition Claw-Back Case
02.12.2018Faculty Non-Poaching Agreements Pose Significant Antitrust Risks
09.08.2017Education Secretary Signals Shift in Title IX Policy for Dealing with Sexual Misconduct Allegations
07.27.2017Amicus Brief: Tuition Claw Back Case
Mark G. DeGiacomo v. Sacred Heart University, Inc.
06.14.2017Connecticut Tuition Claw-Back Legislation
05.03.2017Immigration Briefing: What Educational Institutions, Faculty/Staff and Students Need to Know
08.11.2016Second Circuit Revives Title IX Reverse Discrimination Suit against Columbia University
07.13.2016Lessons from Fisher v. University of Texas
03.16.2016Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules in Favor of Equitable Contribution
06.02.2015When a Parent Files for Bankruptcy Colleges May Forfeit Tuition Payments
03.10.2015Higher Ed Legal Update, March 2015
07.01.2013The Impact of Fisher v. University of Texas on Affirmative Action
05.07.2013A Data Privacy and Security Checklist for Management
04.02.2013Supreme Court to Rule on State Affirmative Action Ban
06.23.2009Compliance with New Laws on Identity Theft and Protecting Personal Information
04.15.2009Connecticut Supreme Court Clarifies Application of Property Tax Exemption for Charitable Organizations
12.21.2006Connecticut's New Campaign Finance Law Signifies Major Changes for Lobbyists, State Contractors,and Businesses

Published Works

05.27.2016With Jurors, Make Sure Goodbye Means 'Forever'The National Law Journal
03.28.2016Supreme Court Affirmative Action Case Attracts Bevy of Amicus Briefs Connecticut Law Tribune
09.14.2015When Judges Rely on Their Own Online ResearchThe National Law Journal
06.01.2015Is a 5-4 Ruling Really Enough to Undo Laws?The National Law Journal
02.23.2015How Fair Are Appellate Panel Selections?The National Law Journal
10.27.2014Tougher Measures for a Continued Lack of CivilityThe National Law Journal
07.07.2014When Both Sides Agree, But the Dispute Lives OnThe National Law Journal
10.28.2013Appeal Risk is Big When Opting Out of New TrialThe National Law Journal
06.03.2013Judicial Selection Reform: All Over the MapNational Law Journal
01.07.2013When can you appeal a summary judgment denial?The National Law Journal
07.30.2012How mandamus and interlocutory appeals interactThe National Law Journal
03.12.2012'I know a frivolous appeal when I see one'The National Law Journal
10.03.2011The Bar to Appellate Review of ‘Matters in Abatement'The National Law Journal
05.09.2011En banc review has declined during the past decadeThe National Law Journal
12.06.2010Separate-Document Rule Creates UncertaintiesThe National Law Journal
06.28.2010Television enters high courts in other countriesThe National Law Journal
02.08.2010The Collateral Order Doctrine After 'Mohawk' The National Law Journal
08.24.2009Unpublished Appellate Opinions Are Still CommonplaceThe National Law Journal
07.10.2009Brown & Brown, Inc. v. Blumenthal Amicus Brief
04.27.2009Home Circuit Rule The National Law Journal
12.01.2008The Duty of Candor The National Law Journal
11.15.2008Arbitration after Hall Street For the Defense
07.14.2008Appellate InterventionThe National Law Journal
02.29.2008Amicus Briefs The National Law Journal
09.21.2007Appellate TVThe National Law Journal
05.07.2007The Rule of NecessityThe National Law Journal
11.27.2006Collateral Order AppealsThe National Law Journal
07.24.2006Media Access AppealsThe National Law Journal
03.20.2006Vacatur for MootnessThe National Law Journal
11.07.2005Interlocutory JurisdictionThe National Law Journal
07.04.2005MDL AppealsThe National Law Journal
02.28.2005Cert. Before JudgmentThe National Law Journal
10.18.2004Waiver of ArgumentsThe National Law Journal
06.28.2004Arbitration AppealsThe National Law Journal
02.09.2004The Cross-AppealNational Law Journal
12.08.2003Judicial Notice on AppealThe National Law Journal
10.06.2003Appealing a Jury Trial DenialThe National Law Journal


08.15.2018Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 29 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
06.13.2018The Legal 500 U.S. 2018 Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers
06.04.2018Connecticut Law Tribune Recognizes Three Wiggin and Dana Attorneys
02.26.2018Wiggin and Dana Partner Quoted in Article Discussing Justice McDonald's Confirmation Process
02.06.2018Wiggin and Dana Partner Quoted in Bloomberg Law Daily Labor Report
01.23.2018Wiggin and Dana Files Amicus Brief in the U.S. Supreme Court
01.05.2018Connecticut Supreme Court Rules For Newtown In a Personal Injury Case Involving a Hospital Shooting
11.20.2017Super Lawyers Recognize 37 Wiggin and Dana Attorneys
10.24.2017Benchmark Litigation 2018 Ranks Eight Wiggin and Dana Partners "Litigation Stars" and Five Partners as "Future Stars"
09.22.2017Seven Wiggin and Dana Partners Named Best Lawyers 2018 "Lawyers of the Year"
08.15.2017Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 30 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
01.24.2017Appellate Court Issues Significant Decision on Governmental Immunity in Wiggin and Dana Appeal
10.28.2016Super Lawyers Recognizes 40 Wiggin and Dana Attorneys
10.07.2016Wiggin and Dana Partner Delivers Keynote Address at the Rhode Island Judicial Conference
09.23.2016Wiggin and Dana Attorneys Present to the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges
08.15.2016Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 30 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
02.12.2016Benchmark Litigation Names Wiggin and Dana's Litigation Department as The 2016 Connecticut Litigation Department of the Year
10.27.2015Benchmark Litigation 2016 Highly Recommends Wiggin and Dana
10.20.2015Super Lawyers Recognizes 38 Wiggin and Dana Attorneys
08.17.2015Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 31 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
07.14.2015On Behalf of Insurer, Wiggin and Dana Nets Biggest Known Reversal of Class Action Judgment in Connecticut
01.14.2015Wiggin and Dana Appellate Partners Featured in Connecticut Law Tribune
10.29.2014Super Lawyers Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Lawyers
10.21.2014Benchmark Litigation 2015 Highly Recommends Wiggin and Dana
10.09.2014Wiggin and Dana Congratulates The Jackson Laboratory on the Opening of The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
08.19.2014Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 33 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
04.22.2014Aaron Bayer Advocates for Connecticut Legal Aid
03.31.2014Aaron Bayer Quoted in Connecticut Law Tribune
01.20.2014Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Partners
10.03.2013Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Partners
08.16.2013Best Lawyers in America Recognizes Three Appellate Practice Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
08.15.2013Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 35 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
05.22.2013Wiggin and Dana Selected to Receive Litigation Department of the Year Award for Appellate Practice
11.27.2012Wiggin and Dana Recognized by Benchmark Litigation 2012
01.10.2012Wiggin and Dana Assists Jackson Laboratory with Launch of Research Institute in Connecticut
12.22.2011Connecticut Democrats have retained Aaron Bayer to Assist in Reapportionment Commission Map Redistricting
10.21.2011Super Lawyers® Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Lawyers
09.13.2011Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 32 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
07.08.2011Wiggin and Dana Partner Recognized by the Connecticut Council on Freedom Of Information
03.09.2010Decision in Postal Service Establishment Clause Case Upheld
12.21.2009A Captain Responds to Crisis
08.31.2009Aaron Bayer comments in Connecticut Law Tribune article regarding establishment-of-religion case
08.21.2009Decision in Postal Service Establishment Clause Case
04.15.2009Connecticut Supreme Court Issues Significant Decision on Shareholder Derivative Suits
03.18.2009Connecticut Supreme Court Issues Important Property Tax Decision in Wiggin and Dana Case
10.10.2007Wiggin and Dana LLP Partner Named Chair of Connecticut Legal Services' Board of Directors
09.17.2007Wiggin and Dana Wins Key Ruling Before Connecticut Supreme Court Unanimous Decision Adopts Qualified Privilege for Employee References
02.12.2007Wiggin and Dana Submits Amicus Brief In Landmark Antitrust Case in U.S. Supreme Court
08.31.2006Wiggin and Dana Partner Serves on Connecticut Supreme Court Task Force on Public Access
08.29.2006Cameras Could Be Fixtures In Court
10.04.2005Twenty-Two Wiggin and Dana Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers 2006
06.27.2005Press Release: U.S. Supreme Court decides cases challenging government displays of the Ten Commandments — Wiggin and Dana's Appellate Practice filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Anti-Defamation League.
12.13.2004Wiggin and Dana's Appellate Practice Group files amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on Government's Display of Ten Commandments
07.14.2004Wiggin and Dana wins significant victory for universities in Neiman v. Yale
12.02.2003Bayer, former Deputy Attorney General, to lead Wiggin & Dana National Appellate Practice
09.10.2003Bayer Joins Wiggin & Dana
08.15.2003The Rise Of State Attorneys General
08.05.2003On The Job Moves
06.23.2003Local Schools' Admissions Policies Validated
05.30.2003Bayer Replacing The Keystone At Wiggin
05.24.2003Aaron S. Bayer, Former Deputy Attorney General, State of Connecticut, to Lead Wiggin & Dana’s National Appellate Practice

office Hartford
phone 860-297-3759
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  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1980, cum laude
  • Yale University, B.A., 1977, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa


  • Connecticut


  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US District Court (District of Connecticut)
  • US Supreme Court

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