Practice Areas

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD, Education and Business Law
       Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy, Executive Articles Editor

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, BA, Political Science and Legal Studies, with Honors

State Bar Admissions

  • California

Aaron B. Swerdlow

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Aaron Swerdlow guides entertainment, sports and emerging technology clients with transactional, employment and corporate law matters. He is also one of the most active sports lawyers in the country, with extensive experience in negotiations, and arbitrations involving contract, intellectual property, antitrust and international issues. His practice includes drafting and negotiating private equity, corporate restructuring, and licensing and employment agreements for sports and technology executives. He also negotiates and drafts joint venture, finance, employment, marketing and third-party media service agreements for emerging technology companies, small- and medium-sized business and e-sports ventures.

A distinguished writer and thought leader, Mr. Swerdlow has been quoted or recognized for his work on complex business transactions in publications including ABC News, USA Today, the New York Times, the American Lawyer, the SportsBusiness Journal, Bloomberg News, the Financial Times, Variety, FOX Sports, the Associated Press and other leading outlets on cutting-edge issues. He has also authored articles regarding sports business, emerging technology and e-sports for publications such as Law360, VentureBeat and the Daily Journal

Mr. Swerdlow has negotiated with nearly every National Basketball Association franchise representing high-level executives and coaches including having negotiated against Fox News representing high-profile on-air talent; negotiated against major sports brands on behalf of top-ranked U.S. tennis players regarding endorsement deals; and negotiated and closed multimillion-dollar Series A and Series B fundraising for Los Angeles-area emerging technology companies.

He is a member of both The American Lawyer's Young Lawyer Editorial Board and Law360's Sports Editorial Advisory Board. He is also the editor-in-chief of the sports law section in Matthew Bender’s quarterly treatise, “Entertainment Industry Contracts,” has consulted for a Los Angeles-area NCAA Division II athletic department, and regularly serves on sports law panels.

As the general counsel of a boutique sports agency, Mr. Swerdlow advised professional basketball coaches and retired NBA athletes on employment, licensing, sponsorship, estate planning and equity investment matters. He worked with high-profile coaches and sports executives, including NBA coaches, general managers, team presidents and NCAA head coaches, and managed the agency’s internal legal matters.  Mr. Swerdlow has assisted clients with the development and initial launch of new businesses, while also providing advice regarding corporate formation, intellectual property and arbitration.

Mr. Swerdlow received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2011, where he was an Executive Articles Editor of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy and a member of the Georgetown Entertainment and Media Alliance. He received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with honors in 2006.

  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD, Education and Business Law
       Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy, Executive Articles Editor

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, BA, Political Science and Legal Studies, with Honors

  • California

  • The American Lawyer, Young Lawyer Editorial Board

  • Law360, Sports Editorial Advisory Board

  • American Bar Association

  • Sports Lawyers Association

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (inactive)