Berke | Farah LLP

Navigating the Law of Politics (and more)

Politics has become a regulated industry. At Berke Farah LLP, we provide legal advice and counsel to help clients navigate all aspects of the political process – including campaign finance & election law, government ethics, lobbying law, corporate anti-corruption compliance, government investigations, non-profits, and fundraising. Beyond politics, we also represent clients on white collar criminal defense, regulatory, corporate governance, intellectual property, and entertainment law. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, national trade associations, lobbying and public relations firms, political committees and campaigns, elected and appointed government officials, artists, musicians, and writers.

Matthew Swanlund serves as a Senior Consultant to Berke Farah LLP while maintaining his Los Angeles legal practice at Aesthetic Legal.  Matthew maintains a diverse and sophisticated law practice, specializing in intellectual property, real estate and business law.

Professional Background

Matthew began his legal career in 2000 at the Los Angeles law firm of Freeman, Freeman & Smiley LLP. In 2001 Matthew joined the Los Angeles law firm of Van Etten Suzumoto & Becket LLP, which merged with McGuireWoods LLP in 2006.

In 2015, Matthew founded his own Los Angeles law practice, Aesthetic Legal, upon his belief in the power of creativity to improve the world- to make it more beautiful, more meaningful, more joyful. He represents individuals and companies with vision to create. He serves clients in the arts, entertainment, real estate, publishing, design, advertising and technology industries. His entrepreneurial approach puts him side by side with his clients in a truly collaborative effort, working to achieve the clients' goals.


Matthew earned his B.A. from UCLA and graduated with a degree in English cum laude, and earned his J.D. from Loyola Law School.  Matthew is currently only a member of the California State Bar.


Senior Consultants are not associated with Berke Farah LLP in a continuing relationship as a partner, member, or of counsel capacity, and are available only on a case-by-case basis and not as a permanent, regular or ongoing presence at the Firm.