Most everything Matt Swendiman has to say about himself or his life is an expression of gratitude.
He’s thankful that, following his parents’ divorce, that his mother and her family were a terrific source of strength. In addition, he was able to maintain a deep and abiding relationship with his biological father and his stepmother while gaining and developing a strong bond with his mother’s new husband and his family.
So I have this huge family, four families really,” Matt says. “And they all did the right thing by me. They all did the best they could to be good parents to me. And they were."
But my parents’ divorce taught me how to deal with people. You have a variety of competing interests, a lot of emotion involved. Everyone is well intentioned, but they have their own interests at the same time. You learn to navigate that.”
He’s thankful, too, for his son Jack, who is a part of the 10th Mountain Division with the US Army.
And now Matt is grateful to have two adopted children with his wife, Jennifer. “All of this will help me be a better father. At the end of the day, I have three kids. They’re all the same, my kiddos. Just like I am fortunate to have more than one man who I call Dad.”
He worked hard during his time at Ohio State. He has been a bank teller and a security guard. He has worked in restaurants, a lumber mill, and in home health care. After Jack was born, Matt was fortunate to be hired as a technical writer in account resolution with a predecessor of Citibank. After he transitioned to the legal and compliance department, an attorney he worked with there told him that if he went to law school, he could do pretty much the same work and make more money. He applied to a single law school: OSU. That was all it took.
One of Matt’s favorite memories is of a trip with his biological father after his high school graduation. The drive took them from Red Bluff, California to Saskatchewan; from Ocean City, New Jersey, to Big Bend National Park in Texas, and back again. “Seven weeks, 13,062 miles, and we camped the whole way.”
Matt and his family live in Park Hills, Kentucky with Devou Park as their front yard.
“What I hope to do here is help people. Growing relationships is the thing that makes me happiest. And that’s exactly what I get to do here.”
Matt advises clients on their compliance and other obligations under the federal securities laws, particularly the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the Investment Company Act of 1940. Matt also serves as Managing Director of Graydon Compliance Solutions, LLC, which provides compliance services to Registered Investment Advisers.
Prior to joining Graydon, Matt served in several capacities for Fifth Third Bank, including Secretary and Chief Legal Officer for the Fifth Third Funds and Fifth Third Asset Management, Inc., as well as providing legal support to Fifth Third Insurance Agency, Inc. and Fifth Third Securities, Inc. Matt has also been Secretary and Chief Legal Officer for the Phoenix (now Virtus) Funds, and was an associate with K&L Gates LLP in Washington, D.C.
Matt earned his J.D. in 2000 from The Ohio State University College of Law, and he is a 2006 graduate of the University of Connecticut College of Law, where he earned an LL.M. in insurance law. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from The Ohio State University in 1996, and also attended Oxford University’s Summer Law Program in Oxford, England.
Matt is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder, and has previously earned the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designations. Matt is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the State of Indiana.
When not at Graydon, Matt also serves as an adjunct professor of business law at Xavier University, and is active with St. Elizabeth Healthcare (including the St. Elizabeth Foundation) in Edgewood, KY. He is a member of the American and Cincinnati Bar Associations, as well as the CFA Institute.
Matt and his wife Jen live in Park Hills, KY, where he is proud father to Jack, Charlie, and Maggie.