Aaron B. Swerdlow
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.
The American Lawyer, Young Lawyer Editorial Board
Law360, Sports Editorial Advisory Board
American Bar Association
Sports Lawyers Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association (inactive)
"Legalized Gambling Could Have Major Implications for Esports," VentureBeat, September 2, 2018
"A Good Bet or A Longshot: Current Efforts to Legalize Sports Betting in California,” Daily Journal, July 26, 2018
“The Risks and Benefits of Cryptocurrency in Real Estate Transactions,” FinTech Weekly Magazine, July 5, 2018
"What NFL Should Do About Cheerleader Discrimination Claims," co-author, Law360, June 21, 2018
“Betting On Change: States Plan for Sports Gambling Decision,” Law360, March 20, 2018
"Looming Ruling in Sports Betting Case Will Have A Big Impact On Business," Los Angeles Daily Journal, March 13, 2018
“NBA 2K's Real Tattoos are Taking It To a Different Kind of Court,” VentureBeat, October 19, 2017
Quoted, "Meyer Scandal Puts Coaches' Reporting Duties In Spotlight" Law360, August 28, 2018
Quoted, “That Scrutinized Bit of Meyer's OSU Contract May Be New Norm,” New York Times, August 20, 2018
Quoted, “Newspaper Sues Former Employee Over Twitter Account, Charging Trade Secret Violations,” Legaltech News, August 13, 2018
Quoted, "Twitter Account Is Trade Secret, Publisher Says, Testing Law," Bloomberg Law, August 10, 2018
Quoted, "How Cord-Cutting Is Turning Local Sports TV Into Winners and Losers," The Information, July 27, 2018
Quoted, “Kaepernick Looks To Up The Ante, Pull Trump Into Grievance,” Law360, June 12, 2018
Quoted, “US Sports Betting Expansion is No Slam Dunk,” Financial Times, May 15, 2018
Quoted, "College Hoops Coach Firing Trend Raises Contract Concerns," Law360, March 30, 2018
Quoted, "Cleveland Indians to Stop Using Chief Wahoo Logo in 2019," IPWatchdog, March 29, 2018
Quoted, "What To Expect After The High Court Rules On Sports Betting," Law360, March 26, 2018
Quoted, "Chief Wahoo Yanked From Game, But Not From Merch," Bloomberg BNA, January 30, 2018
Quoted, "Arizona Coach Buyout Shows Snags of Firing Amid Scandal," Law360, January 10, 2018
Quoted, "Sports Cases to Watch in 2018," Law360, January 1, 2018
Quoted, "Sports Legislation and Regulation to Watch in 2018," Law360, January 1, 2018
Quoted, "The Biggest Sports Cases of 2017," Law360, December 21, 2017
Quoted, "Ninth Circuit Nixes Rap Label’s ‘Empire’ Claims Against Fox," Courthouse News Service, November 16, 2017
Quoted, "Can Louis CK’s Film Distributor Get Its Money Back?," The Wrap, November 11, 2017
Quoted, "Examining Kaepernick’s Playbook," Los Angeles Daily Journal, October 20, 2017