About Matthew Swanlund

Based in Los Angeles, Matthew Swanlund assists individuals and businesses throughout Southern California, the US and internationally with a diverse range of entertainment law matters, from contract negotiations to intellectual property protection. The firm’s clients comprise celebrities, artists, sports figures and performers, along with businesses and government entities. Aesthetic Legal founding attorney Matthew Swanlund is committed to offering each of these clients tailored, effective solutions by applying his 15 years of experience at a large law firm to every case.

Matthew regularly helps his clients negotiate the production, distribution and licensing of their art, motion pictures, software and other products. His law firm, Aesthetic Legal, also assists creative artists in registering copyrights, conducting due diligence on trademarks and legally enforcing intellectual property rights. Matthew additionally works with larger entities, including museums and art galleries, to negotiate agreements for art installations or sales. For prospective clients, he offers free initial consultations at his law firm or via telephone to discuss their distinct needs and prerogatives.

Matthew regularly guides start-ups and established business through various complex processes, from selecting the optimal business structure to navigating joint ventures and mergers. The firm also assists clients who are buying, leasing, managing or investing in real estate. When drafting contracts to govern any of these actions, Matthew pays meticulous attention to detail to ensure that each client’s interests are thoroughly protected.

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.

Aesthetic Legal is located in the heart of Silicon Beach, a growing epicenter of creative enterprise. Matthew has been published in Marijuana VentureCalifornia Lawyer and Los Angeles Lawyer magazines, and is a frequent guest on national and local news programs discussing legal issues. He is also affiliated with the Washington D.C. law firm of Berke Farah LLP.

Matthew Swanlund is a leader in the Los Angeles arts, education and business communities and a proud member of California Lawyers for the Arts where he provides extensive pro bono legal services. He is currently on the Board of Directors of WISH Charter School where he served as President from 2012-2014. Matthew is also a former Board member of California Lawyers for the Arts, and a former Arts Commissioner for the City of Santa Monica. He currently is Adjunct Professor at UC Irvine School of Law where he teaches Art Law.

University of California Los Angeles, B.A. English, cum laude
Loyola Law School, J.D.

Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2008, 2009