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Business & employment litigator


Passion for mentoring women & law school students


Actively participates in community & on boards and committees


Selected as an honoree for "Top 50 Women" Attorneys  (2014 - 2017), "50 Women in Business (2013), "40 Under Forty" (2011) & "Up & Coming Attorney" (2008)

 

When a client comes to me, I listen to their story. Once you do this enough, you know that the client has a story to tell, and they need someone to listen—to really listen. In order to achieve that result and end up with a successful resolution and a happy client, you have to know what it is they want.
—Aimée D. Dayhoff
 
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Aimée D. Dayhoff

Shareholder
p (612) 604-6444   f (612) 604-6844 
Education
William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2002
Indiana University, B.A., Political Science & French, honors notation, 1996
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Experience
Aimée Dayhoff is a shareholder in Winthrop & Weinstine's commercial litigation department. Since joining the firm in 2002, Aimée’s practice has been built on the foundation of her deep understanding of her clients’ businesses, which run the gamut from large publicly held corporations, to thoroughbred horse trainers, to small family-owned businesses, to Minnesota wineries. In addition, Aimée’s clients operate in a wide variety of industries which include food and beverage, financial institutions, insurance companies, manufacturing and transportation. Aimée has represented local and national clients in both state and federal court, as well as in arbitrations.

Aimée’s areas of expertise include winery & vineyard legal issues, complex commercial contract and breach of warranty litigation as well as litigating federal and state employment claims, including Title VII, MHRA, non-compete and trade secrets claims.

With her straightforward communication style and desire to efficiently and effectively achieve her clients’ goals, Aimée excels at listening to her clients and advising them on their various options and the costs associated with the same. Her frank and direct approach to practice has earned her numerous accolades and recognition from both clients and practitioners alike.  Every year since 2014, Aimée has been recognized as a "Top 50 Woman Attorney in Minnesota" by Super Lawyers and has been honored as a Minnesota Super Lawyer or Rising Star every year since 2005. In addition, Aimée was recognized as a "Top 50 Woman in Business" by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal in 2013 and was awarded recognition as a "40 Under Forty" honoree in 2011.

Not only is Aimée a leader in the courtroom, but also at the firm and in the community. Aimée represents the firm before the Law Firm Alliance, a global network of law firms, and she actively served for years on the firm’s Diversity Committee, Recruiting Committee and Community Service Committee. Aimée is also a Trustee of the Minnesota Zoo Foundation Board, having twice chaired the Zoo’s largest annual fundraiser, the Beastly Ball. She advocates for women in our community, and served as a Board Member of the National Association of Women Business Owners – Minnesota Chapter, and as Co-Chair of Membership for Women’s United of the Greater Twin Cities United Way.  She most recently joined the Executive Board of the Minnesota Grape Growers Association.

Aimée lives in Minnetonka with her husband, two children, and their pug.  She is proficient in Portuguese

Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 2002
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2003


Representative Matters — Breach of Contract/Warranty Disputes
A majority of Aimée’s practice involves business-to-business litigation, which includes a wide array of disputes ranging from simple breach of contract, to manufacturing defects, to insurance claims.  Some specific examples of cases that Aimée has handled include the following:
  • Representation of a national bank in several “Show me the Note” cases in federal court. All three cases were dismissed with prejudice via motion practice.
  • Representation of a California company against a large national corporation in the diesel emission industry in asserting breach of warranty and breach of contract claims. Negotiated settlement successfully severing the parties’ relationship.
  • Representation of a national transportation company against a Minnesota distributor for breach of contract in state court. Successful collection in bankruptcy court.
  • Representation of a Georgia company in the financial services industry against a national financial services company in federal court over breach of financial documents.  Case was voluntarily dismissed.
  • Representation of an equipment leasing manufacturer against a Colorado company asserting breach of contract/lease claims in federal court. Successfully negotiated resolution to allow parties’ contractual relationship to continue.
  • Representation of a prominent thoroughbred horse trainer against Minnesota businessmen who asserted breach of contract claims in state court. Client counterclaimed. Successfully moved for summary judgment and entire case was dismissed and client awarded judgment.
  • Representation of a national boat manufacturer against a Turkish yacht manufacturer asserting claims for breach of contract and breach of warranty in federal court. Successfully tried case to jury and was awarded $10 million verdict, along with prejudgment interest and attorneys’ fees.

Representative Matters — Employment Litigation
Aimée’s representation in the employment context involves everything from defending clients against employee-related discrimination, retaliation, harassment and whistleblower claims to initiating litigation against ex-employees and their new employers for breach of non-solicitation and non-compete agreements, to counseling high-level executives on negotiation of severance agreement.  Some specific examples of cases that Aimée has handled include the following:
  • Representation of transportation company alleging breach of non-compete and non-solicitation claims against former employee.   Successfully obtained a TRO and permanent injunction.  
  • Representation of a Fortune 500 company against breach of employment and discrimination claims alleged by a terminated executive in state court. Case dismissed via motion practice.
  • Representation of national waste disposal company alleging breach of non-compete and non-solicitation claims against former employee.   Successfully negotiated resolution of case immediately upon removal to federal court.
  • Representation of a national waste disposal company against discrimination and ADA violation claims alleged by a terminated employee in state court. Successfully negotiated resolution of case.
  • Representation of a national paper company against discrimination and harassment claims alleged by a terminated employee in state court. Successfully negotiated resolution of case.
  • Representation of a Minnesota medical insurance company against a breach of severance agreement claim alleged by a terminated sales representative. Successfully negotiated resolution of case.
  • Representation of a Minnesota manufacturer against harassment, whistleblower, discrimination and retaliation claims alleged by a terminated factory employee. Case was dismissed entirely on summary judgment.

Community Involvement

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
    • Mentor, 2005-2012
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Mini-Hops Gymnastics Board of Directors, 2016-present
  • Minnesota Grape Growers Association
    • Board of Directors, 2016-present
  • Minnesota Humanities Center
    • Board of Directors, 2010-2013 
    • Marketing Committee, 2010-2013
  • Minnesota Zoo Board of Directors 
    • Trustee, 2013-2017
    • Member, Governance Committee, 2010-present
    • Chair, 2014 and 2015 Beastly Ball
  • Minnesota Zoo Foundation Board of Directors
    • Vice Chair, July 2017-present
    • Trustee, 2017-present
  • Greater Twin Cities United Way
    • Member, Women's Leadership Council, 2009-2013
    • Co-Chair, Women's Giving, 2013-2014
    • Co-Chair of Membership, Women United, 2014-2017
  • National Association of Women Business Owners - Minnesota Chapter
    • Board of Directors, 2013-2017
    • Co-Chair, Programs Committee, 2014-present

Honors & Awards

  • "Local Litigation Star," Benchmark Litigation, 2016-2017
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2013-2017
    • "Top 50 Women," 2014-2017
  • "Future Star," Benchmark Litigation, 2013–2015
  • "50 Women in Business" honoree, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2013
  • “40 Under Forty” honoree, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2011
  • Minnesota Rising Stars, Super Lawyers®, 2009-2012
  • “Up & Coming Attorney,” Minnesota Lawyer, 2008
  • Burton Brief Award, 2000
  • Member, William Mitchell Law Review, 2000-2001
  • Assistant Editor, William Mitchell Law Review, 2001-2002

News
Guest. Off the Record: A Career Conversation Series. Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Saint Paul, MN. 6 October 2017.

Profiled. "Women Business Owners You Should Know!" National Association of Women Business Owners - Minnesota Chapter. 26 May 2016.

Mentor. Bizwomen Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Mentoring Monday. 4 April 2016.

Profiled. National Association of Women Business Owners Newsletter. September 2014.

Panelist. "Legal Issues Facing Businesses." National Association of Women Business Owners - Minnesota Chapter. 19 September 2014.

Qtd. Nelson, Melinda. "Insider Tips From Young Twin Cities Execs." Twin Cities Business. 21 April 2014.

Author. “Sodomy Laws: The Government's Vehicle to Impose the Majority's Social Values.” Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 2001.

Articles
Press Releases

July 05, 2017
Thirty Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers List

July 01, 2017
Minnesota Zoo Foundation Board of Directors

October 24, 2016
Benchmark Litigation 2017 Recognized Winthrop & Weinstine as “Highly Recommended”

July 05, 2016
Forty-Six Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 29, 2015
Benchmark Litigation 2016 Recognized Winthrop & Weinstine as “Highly Recommended”

July 07, 2015
Twenty-Nine Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers List

November 04, 2014
Benchmark Litigation 2015 Recognized Winthrop & Weinstine as "Highly Recommended"

July 07, 2014
Twenty-Eight Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers List

November 19, 2013
Benchmark Litigation 2014 Recognizes Winthrop & Weinstine as “Highly Recommended”

September 10, 2013
NAWBO Board of Directors Elects Winthrop & Weinstine Shareholder Aimée D. Dayhoff to Board Position

July 08, 2013
Twenty-Four Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers®

May 29, 2013
Winthrop & Weinstine Attorney Recognized as One of the Top “Women In Business” by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

July 09, 2012
Thirteen Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys on Super Lawyers®-Rising Stars List 2012

July 12, 2011
Thirteen Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Rising Stars

March 18, 2011
Winthrop & Weinstine's Aimée D. Dayhoff Chosen as One of Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's "40 Under Forty"

December 21, 2010
Winthrop & Weinstine Celebrates This Holiday Season with the Help of Local Talent

 
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