Law Offices Of
Kim H. Swartz
Kim Swartz is a seasoned attorney with a broad range of experience in the entertainment industry and other areas of law. He has represented major film studios and music companies, as well as Oscar, Emmy and Grammy winning talent, and icons such as Muhammad Ali, Farrah Fawcett and Irving Berlin. He has been involved in the industry from all sides, as an executive at major film studios and major independents, sitting on the executive committees that actually make the acquisition and greenlight decisions; and in private practice, including 18 years with the prestigious law firm Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, shepherding the industry for over 100 years with clients including all of the major film studios, televisions networks and music companies, and A-list talent going back to Greta Garbo and the Beatles.
Mr. Swartz handles matters in substantially all areas of the entertainment industry, including film, television, music, digital, intellectual property (copyright and trademark) and publishing. He works with established companies and talent as well as up and comers just beginning their exciting journeys in the industry. Having such high level experience in a broad range of areas gives him unique perspective in advising companies and individuals involved in more than one media. In addition to entertainment, Mr. Swartz represents clients in other areas of the law, often bringing in and supervising specialists to service his clients. As a Swedish American, he assists Scandinavian and other international companies and individuals in navigating the business and legal aspects of doing business in the U.S. He is actively involved in the Scandinavian community, including serving as Executive VP (previously President) of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce LA. This broad range of experience has honed his skills in structuring strategic deals, finding creative solutions, drafting first-rate contracts and negotiating skillfully. While this has contributed to his success in effectively representing and satisfying such high level clients, above all, it is his care and concern for his clients that defines him.
Mr. Swartz is a frequent speaker at universities, film festivals, bar associations and other organizations and events, as well as in the media. A passionate supporter of worthy causes, Mr. Swartz serves on a number of non-profit boards, including the Farrah Fawcett Foundation and Rock Against Trafficking. He is active in animal advocacy with his wife, actress Megan Blake, particularly through her non-profit Super Smiley Project (in addition to having their own rescued horses, dogs and cats). He is a classically trained musician and started his entertainment career in music artist management. He has also been a producer on motion pictures and television series. The founder of the Law Offices of Kim H. Swartz, he received his Doctor of Law (J.D.) degree from Emory University School of Law.
SAMPLE LISTING OF CURRENT & PAST CLIENTS:
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Universal Music Group
Toho-Towa Company, Ltd.
Tele Munchen Gruppe
Irving Berlin Estate
Aly & AJ Michalka
Vitali & Wladimir Klitschko
-Law Offices of Kim H. Swartz, Principal
-Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, Entertainment Attorney
-Viacom/Republic Pictures/Spelling Entertainment, Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs & Associate General Counsel
-Saban Entertainment, Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs & Associate General Counsel
-MGM/United Artists Studios, Head of Music Business Affairs & Senior Production Counsel, Studio Legal Affairs
-Strange & Nelson, Associate
-Multa Management, Inc., President (Artist management firm)
VOLUNTEER/NON-PROFITS (Current and Past):
-Farrah Fawcett Foundation, Board of Directors (Providing grants for cancer research)
-Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce LA, Past President, current Executive VP, Board of Directors
-Rock Against Trafficking, Executive Vice President, Board of Directors (Utilizing the power of music, music icons and other celebrities to raise awareness for and to fight human trafficking)
-Super Smiley Project, Board of Directors (Animal Advocacy, Education & Entertainment)
-University of Georgia Music Business Program, Advisory Board
-Jacksonville International Film Festival, Advisory Board
-Miss Georgia Pageant Corporation, Board of Trustees (Miss America Organization, the
largest provider of scholarships for young women)
-Humane Society of the United States, Member, Supporter
SPEAKING AND MODERATING:
A frequent speaker on various aspects of the Entertainment Industry and Scandinavian-US Business, speaking and panel moderating engagements include:
State Bar Associations:
State Bar of Florida
State Bar of North Carolina
Pepperdine University Law School
University of Richmond Law School
University of Georgia Grady School of Journalism and Mass Media [Home of the Peabody Awards]
David Lynch Graduate School of Cinematic Arts at Maharishi University of Management
University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking
Malibu Film Festival
River Run Film Festival
Jacksonville International Film Festival
Kindness Film Festival
Screen Actors Guild
Associations and Government Agencies:
Women in Film
Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce
IN THE MEDIA:
Pet Life Radio
Malibu Music Awards, Presenter
Catholics in Media Associates Awards, Lector
Eliason Merit Awards by the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce, Emcee
Miss America Preliminary Pageant Emcee and Certified Judge
And many other civic events
FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCER:
Kindness: It’s Super Smiley (Short) (executive producer) / (producer)
Deadtime Stories (TV Series) (co-executive producer – 10 episodes)
Grave Secrets (co-executive producer)
Kindness: A Super Smiley Dogumentary (Short) (executive producer)
Super Smiley Flash Mob: A Dogumentary (Short) (executive producer)
The Little Wizard: Guardian of the Magic Crystals (co-producer)
The Cross (producer)
Spooky House (co-producer)
Emory University School of Law, Doctor of Law (J.D.) Degree
Georgia State University, German, French, Music
University of Stockholm Graduate Center for International Studies
Royal Music Academy of Stockholm
University of Georgia, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Philosophy with Honors, Cum Laude
Augustana College, Freshman Men’s Honor Society, President; Academic Honor Scholarship
Puerto Rico Music Conservatory
Born in Washington, D.C.; lived in Stockholm, Sweden; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charleston, SC; Atlanta, GA; Malibu, CA with second homes in Jacksonville, FL and Greensboro, NC.
Married to actress and animal advocate Megan Blake – The Pet Lifestyle Coach ®.
Active in animal advocacy with his wife, actress Megan Blake, particularly through her non-profit Super Smiley Project (in addition to having their own rescued horses, dogs and cats), and working with numerous animal rights organizations, including the Humane Society of the U.S.
Classically trained on flute; lead guitar and vocals in rock bands; currently a member of the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic and Legal Voices.
Languages include Swedish and studies in German, Spanish, French and Latin.
Producer of motion pictures and television.