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Minneapolis lawyer behind neo-Nazi record label 'no longer works' at law firm

The Patterson Thuente law firm denies it had any idea about partner Aaron Davis' outside activities.

The Patterson Thuente law firm denies it had any idea about partner Aaron Davis' outside activities. Rob Dodi

According to Patterson Thuente, the Minneapolis patent law firm was slow to learn one of its partners has a side gig trafficking in fascist-leaning heavy metal.

But the firm was quick to act once City Pages published a cover story about Aaron Davis, a partner at Patterson Thuente, and his role as the man behind Behold Barbarity records. Within a few hours, Davis was placed on "administrative leave," and his biography was scrubbed from the Patterson Thuente website.

Not long ago, that biography described Davis as a "a key member of Patterson Thuente’s litigation team," and also mentioned that Davis works to "assist record labels, artists, and entertainment companies throughout the United States" on licensing and intellectual property issues. 

The firm now claims it had no idea that Davis' business was selling records for bands with deeply offensive imagery and lyrics. (One band had a song called "Kill the Jews," while another put out an album called Behead the Semite.)

On Friday, City Pages reached Patterson Thuente to ask for an update on Davis' status with the firm, and on Monday morning received the following statement:

"Aaron Davis is no longer employed by Patterson Thuente Pedersen, P.A. Prior to the story, no one in the firm had any inclination regarding the allegations in the article."

Click here to read last week's cover story.