Aesthetic Legal is a preeminent creative business law firm, driven by a belief in the power of creativity to improve the world. We are a leader in providing legal services to the creative communities, including:

  • Artists, entertainers and producers
  • New media talent and producers
  • Start-up companies and established businesses
  • Advertisers and brands
  • Retail and restaurants
  • Sports figures and celebrity endorsements
  • Art galleries and museums

Matthew Swanlund
Founder & Principal

Matthew Swanlund assists creative businesses, entrepreneurs, and artistic individuals throughout California, the US and internationally with a diverse range of art and entertainment law matters, from business entity formation, intellectual property protection and enforcement, contract negotiations, and real estate.

Matthew Swanlund’s fundamental belief is that art, design and creativity improve the world and enhance technological advances, and the creative process needs to be protected and promoted.


Adjunct Professor, University of California Irvine, School of Law


California Lawyer magazine

Los Angeles Lawyer magazine

Marijuana Venture magazine


Berke Farah LLP, Washington D.C.

Community Service:

Chairman of the Board, LAX Coastal Education Foundation

Board of Directors, LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors, WISH Charter Schools

Board of Directors (former), UCLA Bruin Professionals

Board of Directors (former), California Lawyers for the Arts

Arts Commissioner (former), City of Santa Monica


UCLA, B.A. English, cum laude

Loyola Law School, J.D.


Los Angeles Business Journal, Leaders in Law, 2020

Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2008, 2009