Aaron Swerdlow

Corporate & Securities
General Counsel Services


Santa Monica, CA
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Aaron Swerdlow enthusiastically advises emerging technology, private equity, consumer brands, and entertainment clients on a wide range of transactional, M&A, employment, and other corporate law matters. His practice includes drafting and negotiating private equity, corporate structuring, licensing, and asset sale agreements. He also negotiates and drafts joint venture, finance, employment, marketing, and third-party service agreements.

He has extensive experience in negotiations and representation involving contract, intellectual property, and international issues. For example, Aaron has negotiated with nearly every National Basketball Association franchise representing high-level executives and coaches. He also has negotiated across from many major media and private equity companies, assisted clients close numerous multimillion-dollar fundraising rounds, and led successful exits for privately-held companies. Aaron is the editor-in-chief of the sports law section in Matthew Bender’s quarterly treatise, “Entertainment Industry Contracts.”

Aaron’s personal interests include rescue dogs, visiting his hometown Washington, DC to spend time with family, chess, international travel, and British espionage and dystopian novels (favorite authors include Graham Greene, Cormac McCarthy, and John le Carré).

Areas of Expertise

Consumer Products
Corporate Counseling
Corporate Finance
Commercial Transactions
Employment and Executive Agreements
Entertainment and Sports
Entity Selection, Structuring and Business Advisory
Joint Ventures and Partnerships
Licensing and Endorsements
Outside General Counsel
Private Equity and Venture Capital

Prior Associations

Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP
Weinberg Gonser LLP
General Counsel and Managing Director for prominent NBA and NCAA coaches, and executive sports agency (acquired by CAA)
In-house counsel for a venture-backed emerging software technology company


Georgetown University, J.D.
University of Wisconsin, Madison, B.A.

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