Robert D. Aronson


Chair, Programs Committee


Robert D. Aronson is an attorney and shareholder in the Minneapolis law firm of Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., practicing in the field of employment-based immigration with a particular focus on immigration matters for physicians, biomedical researchers, and academic personnel.

He holds BA, MA, and JD degrees from Indiana University. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Law School and Moscow State University Law School. Robert lived four years in the FSU and speaks Russian fluently.

He has held leadership positions in various charitable organizations, including the Minneapolis Federation, the JCC, the JCRC, and the Advocates for Human Rights, and is a Trustee of the Aronson & Associates Immigration Philanthropic Fund. He has had a distinguished academic and professional career, having garnered a Fulbright fellowship, a Harry Kay-Wexner Foundation fellowship, the Distinguished Service Award from the Indiana University School of Law, and a Walter Mondale Fellowship for Emerging Leaders.  He was an adjunct professor of International Management at the University of St. Thomas from 1988-2002. He also was the subject of a MacNeil-Leher news report study on the rise of anti-Semitism under the Russian reform movement. He has served on the HIAS board since 1989. He and his wife, Bobbi, live in Minnetonka, MN.