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Aaron Davis, attorney/neo-Nazi record label head, on 'administrative leave' after City Pages story

Attorney Aaron Davis was a respected and active member of Minneapolis patent law firm Patterson Thuente... until Wednesday morning.

Attorney Aaron Davis was a respected and active member of Minneapolis patent law firm Patterson Thuente... until Wednesday morning. Rob Dodi

 As of this morning, Aaron Davis was a respected practicing attorney at the Minneapolis law firm of Patterson Thuente.

Davis is a partner at Patterson Thuente, a firm specializing in patent and intellectual property, which advertises its "team" members as combinging legal expertise with "quiet humility and no-nonsense street smarts." Professionally, Davis, a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, has repeatedly been recognized as a "rising star" in the intellectual property field by the legal rating website SuperLawyers.

On its website, Patterson Thuente has described Davis as "a key member of Patterson Thuente’s litigation team" who "leads the firm’s arts and entertainment practice," who also"remains active in the local urban music scene."

But the firm's biography of Davis disappeared sometime this morning, not long after City Pages published a cover story outing Davis as the man behind a record label reporter Susan Du described as "a virtual vault of neo-Nazi tunes." 

Davis' sudden vanishing from the website was no coincidence. City Pages reached out to Patterson Thuente for response to the story, and received the below statement on Wednesday afternoon. 

"In light of allegations in a local article regarding one of our partners, Aaron Davis, Patterson Thuente Pedersen, P.A. has placed Mr. Davis on indefinite administrative leave effective immediately.
As a firm, we are in no way affiliated with any of Mr. Davis’ outside pursuits.
At Patterson Thuente Pedersen, we are committed to conducting our business ethically and with integrity. Hate, bigotry and intolerance have no place in our society. We value and respect the rights of all and foster a culture of mutual respect and inclusiveness within our firm and in the communities where we live and work."