Matthew Swanlund

Founder and Principal, AESTHETIC LEGAL, a Professional Law Corporation


Matthew Swanlund founded AESTHETIC LEGAL in 2015 after 15 years at major Los Angeles law firms. His 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.

He is a preeminent intellectual property lawyer for creative businesses, individual artists and creative entrepreneurs of all types, providing excellence and experience in copyright, trademark, business contracts, intellectual property licensing, cannabis law, business entity formation, and real estate matters. His practice provides inimitable, collaborative legal services to individuals, entrepreneurs, start-ups and established businesses in the industries of art, entertainment, technology, design, cannabis, music, publishing, sports, commercial and residential real estate, advertising, endorsements, and telecommunications.

Swanlund is a leader in the Los Angeles arts, education and business communities. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of WISH Charter Schools where he served as Board President from 2012-2014; as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the LAX Coastal Education Foundation; on the Board of Directors for the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce; and on the Board of Directors for UCLA Bruin Professionals. He is also a former Board member of California Lawyers for the Arts, and a former Arts Commissioner for the City of Santa Monica.

He has been published in California Lawyer magazine, Los Angeles Lawyer magazine, and Marijuana Venture magazine, and is a 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 where he represents high-profile political and public figures in intellectual property and business matters.

He has a B.A. in English, cum laude, from UCLA, and a J.D. from Loyola Law School.

Current Courses:

Art Law