Aaron B. Swerdlow

Of Counsel / LOS ANGELES, WASHINGTON, D.C.,

Area of Specialization

  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Corporate Law
  • Entertainment and Music
  • Sports Law

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2011

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, Juris Doctor, 2011, Dean's List
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A. with honors, 2006

Publications

  • Ninth Circuit Nixes Rap Label’s ‘Empire” Claim Against Fox, Courthouse News Service, November 16, 2017
  • NCAA’s Struggle to Police Academics on Display with UNC, Law360, October 24, 2017
  • NBA 2k’s Real Tattoos are Taking It to a Different Kind of Court, VentureBeat, October 19, 2017
  • Lobs, SportsBusiness Journal, September 4, 2017
  • MLB Plays It Safe with Players' Nicknames, Trademarks, Bloomberg BNA, August 17, 2017
  • Ball is in UC's Court as Travel Ban Could Cost Schools Millions in Revenue, The Los Angeles Daily Journal, July 28, 2017
  • Assembly Takes Step Forward on Sports Betting, The Los Angeles Daily Journal, July 24, 2017
  • McDavid's New Contract Built to Weather a Work Stoppage, Sports Business Journal, July 17, 2017
  • State Approves $24 Million for Parking Garage; Board's Stadium Vote Planned July 18, Inside Nova, July 9, 2017
  • The Biggest Sports Rulings of the 1st Half of 2017, Law360, July 7, 2017
  • No Slam Dunk for FTC Lawsuit Against Draftkings-Fanduel Merger, FTC Watch, June 30, 2017
  • Supreme Court to Hear Sports Gambling Cases, The Los Angeles Daily Journal, June 28, 2017
  • Twitch Inks eSports Streaming Deal with Developer Blizzard, Law360, June 21, 2017
  • Daily Fantasy Merger Block May Hamper Budding Industry, Law360, June 20, 2017
  • FTC Attempting to Block Fantasy Sports Merger, The Los Angeles Daily Journal, June 20, 2017
  • Young but Experienced: Attorney Brings Skills & eSports Knowledge to LA Firm, Of Counsel, June 2017
  • Video Game Streaming Brings New Level of Copyright Issues, Law360, June 1, 2017 
  • The Emerging Legal Battle Over Video Game Streaming Rights, VentureBeat, May 27, 2017
  • Painkiller Battles Loom over NFL Despite Early Success, Law360, May 18, 2017
  • UNC ‘Sham’ Classes Claims to Have a Tough Time in Court, Law360, May 3, 2017
  • Cheating and Gambling in eSports: Reform Is Needed, Law360, April 18, 2017
  • Making a Name in eSports Law-Full Potential for Legal Services Remains Untapped, The Los Angeles Daily Journal, April 14, 2017
  • Big Legal Issues Expected to Come from NBA & Take-TWO eSports Partnership, InsideCounsel, April 11, 2017
  • The Big Business Behind the NBA’s Move into eSports, VentureBeat, March 12, 2017
  • States Seek to Limit Comp for Pro Athletes, Business Insurance, March 6, 2017
  • NBA eSports League Raises New Issues, The Los Angeles Daily Journal, March 3, 2017
  • Potomac Nationals Stadium Proposal Nears ‘Best and Final’ Pitch, Inside Nova, March 2, 2017
  • Modernizing Termination Clauses in NCAA Coach Contracts, The White Bronco, February 14, 2017
  • NBA eSports Deal Could Be Toe in Water for Leagues, Law360, February 10, 2017
  • For Some Coaches, NBA to NCAA Has Incentives, Advantages, USA Today, March 11, 2016
  • Peterson: Cyclones Hoops' Assistants Now On 1-year deals with Prohm, Des Moines Register, July 7, 2015
  • Six Questions with Aaron Swerdlow, Managing Director and General Counsel at Kauffman Sports Management Group, Sports Agent Blog, June 11, 2015

 

Podcasts

Thomson Reuters Podcast Interview

eSports - Video Games & the Law

June 15, 2017


Notable Accomplishments

  • Has travelled to nearly 50 countries
  • Worked for two NCAA athletic departments

Fun Fact

  • Got married in Seville, Spain
  • Proud owner of a rescue black lab, Nickie
  • Lived in Southeast Asia

Aaron B. Swerdlow

Of Counsel / LOS ANGELES, WASHINGTON, D.C.

Aaron B. Swerdlow is a corporate attorney at Gerard Fox Law with unique hands-on experience guiding entertainment and emerging technology clients with transactional, employment, and business law matters.

As the general counsel of a boutique sports agency for five years, 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. He 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 has experience drafting and revising secured and unsecured credit and mortgage-backed lending facility agreements. He also has experience with commercial mortgage loan agreements and performing due diligence on behalf of regional banks lending to mid-market commercial and residential investors. Mr. Swerdlow’s work on complex business transactions has been nationally-recognized

in legal, business, and mainstream news publications, including Law360, USA Today, the SportsBusiness Journal, Bloomberg News, VentureBeat, the California Daily Journal, and InsideCounsel. He is 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, including most recently at Georgetown University. He also serves as outside general counsel to numerous medium-sized e-commerce, sports management, consumer products, and educational businesses.

Mr. Swerdlow worked as in-house counsel with a venture-backed technology start-up, where he negotiated partnerships with Fortune 500 companies and worked on finance and corporate transactions, including private equity, convertible debt, and private placement transactions.

Mr. Swerdlow also worked for the athletic department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in commercial real estate development, and with two mid-sized east coast law firms. He served for four years as the Community Service Chair of the Georgetown Club of Los Angeles and maintains an active pro bono practice.

Mr. Swerdlow serves as a member of The American Lawyer’s Young Lawyer Editorial Board.

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