Phone (212) 961-6505
Chair, Election Law Committee, New York County Lawyers Association
General Counsel, Cornel West for President of the United States, October 2023 – Present
Candidate for Mayor of New York City, Democratic Primary, June 22, 2021
Campaign Manager, Dao Yin for Queens Borough President, June 23, 2020
Candidate for New York City Council, District 1, General Election, November 7, 2017
Candidate for New York City Council, District 1, Democratic Primary, September 12, 2017
Represented dozens of candidates for elected office before the New York City Board of Elections, New York State Board of Elections, and New York City Campaign Finance Board, including candidates for President of the United States of America, United States Congress, Governor of New York, New York State Assembly and State Senate, and New York City Council; litigated Election Law matters in the New York Supreme Court and Appellate Division.
Aaron Foldenauer is a litigator and political advocate with over fifteen years of legal experience. Aaron is perhaps most well-known for his candidacy for Mayor of New York City in 2021, when he secured the top ballot position in the hotly contested Democratic Primary.
Appearing regularly before the New York City Board of Elections and the New York City Campaign Finance Board, Aaron has represented numerous candidates for elected office, with a reputation for fighting tirelessly to get his clients on the ballot and obtain the funding they deserve.
In June 2021, the New York City Board of Elections famously released election results which included “dummy test ballots.” Aaron, who was just coming off of his candidacy for Mayor of New York City, was the person who exposed these erroneous election results. Aaron’s candidacy for Mayor received widespread media coverage, including in the New York Times, the New York Post, the New York Daily News, NY1, PIX11, New York Magazine, amNY, The Real Deal, City & State, Business Insider, The City, Gothamist, The Hill, and The Village Sun.
A veteran of New York City politics, Aaron has been recognized for his work addressing difficult policy issues and combating government corruption. Even when Governor Andrew Cuomo was viewed as a hero by the news media, Aaron filed suit against him in May 2020 and litigated against then-Governor Cuomo at trial and on appeal. Furthermore, in 2017, after personally witnessing police officials seize political literature from members of the public in violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, Aaron filed several legal complaints against the City of New York. Shortly thereafter, in response to complaints that Aaron filed, the City agreed to never again repeat that unlawful conduct.
Aaron has been a champion for minority and female lawyers attempting to succeed as attorneys. For years, he served on the Diversity Committee of a large law firm, advocating for equal opportunities for minorities and women in the legal profession. He also served a three-year term on the New York City Bar Association’s Litigation Committee, which sponsors educational programs for practicing attorneys and evaluates proposed changes to court rules.
For over a decade, Aaron worked at some of the world’s leading law firms, representing Fortune 500 companies and before regulators and in courts across the country. He continues his work as a litigator today, not only as an Election Attorney but also in connection with major employment discrimination cases and business litigations.
B.A., Economics, Hampden-Sydney College, summa cum laude, 1998
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2004
Admitted to the New York Bar since 2006
Member of the New York City Bar Association
Law Clerk, Honorable Robert R. Beezer, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit