Alumni Relations

Aaron Williamson

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Aaron Williamson

B.S. Public Affairs '08 (IPFW), J.D. '15 (Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law)

Aaron J. Williamson is an associate at Cohen & Malad, LLP, and a member of the firm's business litigation, commercial, and real estate and business services practice groups. Aaron also lends his support to the firm's class action and personal injury practice groups. He has worked on a variety of cases involving serious personal injury, medical malpractice, toxic tort, commercial disputes, and appellate work at the state and federal level. Aaron also serves as the vice-chair of the Indiana State Bar Association Diversity Committee.

Prior to his current role, Aaron was a law clerk with Cohen & Malad. In addition to his professional activities, he is active in the community and works with the 100 Black Men of Indianapolis and The Exchange at the Indianapolis Urban League.

 

Q. How did you become interested in your field?

A. I enjoyed the debate class I attended at North Side High School, which first sparked my interest in becoming a lawyer. However, because I was not a particularly studious student, I drifted to other options, which led me to Ivy Tech Community College for an Associate’s degree in computer science. While there, an elective class in paralegal studies rekindled my interest in the law. When I transferred to IPFW, I found great mentors in Georgia Ulmschneider, Geralyn Miller, and Ken Christmon, who helped me focus my studies and position myself to successfully pursue my dreams. After graduating from IPFW, I worked as an office manager and paralegal at Lebrato Law Offices; Gary D. Lebrato, the sole practitioner at the firm, strongly encouraged me to apply for admission to law school. These experiences and strong encouragement  led me to want to practice law.

Q. Favorite subject at IPFW?

A. The answer, hands down, would be Constitutional law! Georgia Ulmschneider taught this class, and was a wonderful professor. I relished how she brought together legal theory, history, and current events to show how the seminal questions at the founding still serve as the undercurrent of present-day controversies. That reality is truer now than it was back then!  

Q. What is the best career advice you were given?

A. The best advice I received was that I should find several mentors early and remain engaged with them throughout my career. I took that advice to heart with Professor Ulmschneider and Professor Stephen Ziegler, and it has served me well thus far. You never really know how your mentors’ guidance can help mold your career and the course your life will take. 

 

Q. What surprised you most about IPFW?

A. I was surprised at how much happens right under the surface of campus life. While at IPFW, I started as a member of the Black Collegian Caucus and the SPEA departmental student organization; as I became more involved, I was elected to serve as Student Body Vice President of Finance; and then I was elected to serve as the Student Body President in my final year. Each of these experiences, to a greater degree, exposed me to the inner workings of the university, afforded me first-hand knowledge of how decision makers made academic and business decisions, and illustrated the value in networking and lobbying for important issues. These were valuable lessons I continue to use to this day and that I would commend to every student at IPFW. Please know that learning occurs both in and outside of the classroom.

Q. Where would you like to be in 10 years?

A. I want to make partner at my firm and be involved in at least one legacy case that directly improves the lives of people in Indiana or the country. Additionally, I want to mentor the next generation of professionals and civic leaders. My major goal, which is probably closer to a 20-year goal, is to be a state or federal judge. Becoming a judge is my dream that I constantly focus on making a reality!