Aaron B. Swerdlow


Area of Specialization

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

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2011


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


  • Lobs, The Sports Business 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
  • The Biggest Sports Rulings of the 1st Half of 2017, Law 360, July 7, 2017
  • State Approves $24 Million for Parking Garage; Board's Stadium Vote Planned July 18, Inside Nova, undated
  • 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, July 28, 2017
  • Twitch Inks eSports Streaming Deal with Developer Blizzard, Law 360, June 21, 2017
  • Daily Fantasy Merger Block May Hamper Budding Industry, Law 360, 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, Law 360, June 1, 2017 
  • The Emerging Legal Battle Over Video Game Streaming Rights, Venture Beat, May 27, 2017
  • Painkiller Battles Loom Over NFL Despite Early Success, Law 360, May 18, 2017
  • UNC ‘Sham’ Classes Claims To Have A Tough Time In Court, Law 360, May 3, 2017
  • Cheating and Gambling In eSports: Reform Is Needed, Law 360, April 18, 2017
  • Making A Name in eSports Law-Full Potential for Legal Services Remains Untapped, The Los Angeles Daily Journal, April 14, 2017
  • The Big Business Behind the NBA’s Move Into eSports, Venture Beat, 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, Law 360, February 10, 2017
  • Should an NFL Player Ever Buy a Home?, Realtor, August 31, 2016
  • 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



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


Aaron B. Swerdlow joined Gerard Fox Law as corporate and transactional counsel with an emphasis on guiding entertainment and emerging technology clients with transactional, and employment law matters.

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.  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 and esports has been nationally-recognized in legal, business, and mainstream news publications, including Law360, USA Today, 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.

Mr. Swerdlow also 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 has also worked for the athletic department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and two mid-sized east coast law firms. He also is the Community Service Chair of the Georgetown Club of Los Angeles and maintains an active pro bono practice.

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.

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