As a former NCAA Division I athlete, Aalok knows it takes the right combination of talent and hard work to be successful in and out of the courtroom.

Overview

Aalok is frequently involved in bet-the-company litigation and has significant experience in business litigation, construction litigation and products liability litigation. In addition, sports businesses and technology companies trust Aalok to counsel them in matters relating to fan engagement, esports, data analytics, sports gambling and AR/VR.

Aalok understands the risks—and rewards— of being in the sports, media and entertainment industries. Prior to becoming an attorney, Aalok worked as a certified public accountant. He frequently assisted businesses in the areas of troubled debt restructuring, recognition of built-in-gains/losses, and footnote disclosure related to uncertain tax positions. Because of his financial experience, Aalok is able to effectively counsel his clients on maximizing revenue, and reducing litigation exposure.

Experience

Aalok has assisted clients in all phases of litigation, including significant motion practice before state and federal courts. He has extensive experience managing protracted litigation in various industries including construction, finance, healthcare, automotive, retail and manufacturing.

  • He served as the lead lawyer in a bench trial before the U.S. Federal Tax Court in a matter regarding the sufficiency of business tax deductions, Streifel v. Commissioner.
  • Aalok has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Aalok is viewed as a leader in the emerging sports and entertainment arena. Aalok serves as a board member for the Minnesota Twins Community Fund, and the ABA Forum on Sports. In addition, he serves as an outreach captain for the Sports Lawyers Association. Aalok is a frequent speaker on matters relating to esports, sports betting, and smart venue technology.  

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

"Betting on the Business of Sports," Sports Lawyers Association Reception, April 5, 2019

"Fast Data and Sports: How Sports Data is Reshaping How We Look at the World," MCCA Global Tec Forum, April 4 - 5, 2019

"Esports Law 101: The Legal Side of Becoming Legitimate and Successful in the Esports Industry," KCGameOn 2018, Kansas City, MO, November 30 - December 2, 2018

Synthetic Turf Council Annual Meeting, Tucson, AZ, October 11, 2016 

Publications

“Esports Face Significant Legal Risk Over the Collection and Use of Biometric Data”,  SportTechie, February 19, 2019

"Raise Brand Awareness by Partnering with Athletes," Minnesota Business, November 2016

"Class Action Spells Trouble for Youth Sports," Minnesota Lawyer, November 2016

"California Attempts to Curb Age Discrimination With IMDb Law," Attorney at Law, November, 2016

"The NFL’s Real Concussion Litigation Battle Lies Ahead With Its Own Insurers," Attorney at Law, October, 2016

"Oregon Football's Painful Lesson in Insurance Hedging," Attorney at Law, July 2016

"U.S. Women's Soccer Issues Red Card to Pay Gap," Minnesota Lawyer, May 2016

"Sony Lacks a Morals Clause in Kesha/Dr. Luke Legal Battle," Attorney at Law, May, 2016

"Monetizing Monikers: Trademarks Provide Dependable Revenue to Athletes & Coaches," Attorney at Law, February 2016

"Fixing the Alleged Tennis Racket," Minnesota Lawyer, February 2016

"Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze? Exploring Loss of Value Insurance Products for Elite Athletes," Attorney at Law, December 2015

Recognitions

Recognitions

Minnesota State Bar Association Pro Bono Award, North Star Lawyer, 2014

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Minnesota Twins Baseball Club Community Fund, Board of Directors, Governance Committee, 2019

American Bar Association, Forum on Sports & Entertainment, Standing Committee

Sports Lawyers Association, Outreach Captain, Minnesota

The Sanneh Foundation, Gala4Goals Host Committee, 2019

Minnesota Zoo Foundation 

  • Associates Board of Directors
  • Secretary
  • Beastly Bash Host Committee

Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, DRIVE Board of Directors

Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Vice President of Membership, 2016-2018

Minnesota State Compensation Council, Congressional District 5 Representative, 2017

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

Education

University of Minnesota, J.D., magna cum laude, 2013 

Birmingham-Southern College, B.S., Accounting, cum laude, 2007

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