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Meet Arthur Deucher Figueiredo of Matten Law

Today we’d like to introduce you to Arthur Deucher Figueiredo.

Arthur, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Thanks for having me! VoyageLA is such a gem and an important outlet for Angelenos.

I am a lawyer and an enthusiastic advocate for art & culture as one of the most important aspects of life. I am from São Paulo, Brazil, and came to Los Angeles in 2018.

As a kid, I remember I wanted to be a diplomat, but as I got older, I wasn’t sure if I should study law or music. I decided to study law but the presence of music in my life has continued to grow over the years.

At some point in law school, I realized I wanted to represent artists and was lucky enough to meet an early mentor and my dear friend Andrea Francez, one of the most successful and well-known entertainment attorneys in Brazil. We later became partners and represented 100+ artists and production companies.

I have always been interested in the academic world, so I decided to pursue a master’s degree in Constitutional Law in São Paulo. While obtaining my degree, I published a book about freedom of artistic expression. Despite what many might think, Brazil has been historically a very repressive country towards arts and free speech, so researching this topic has always been fascinating to me.

I moved to LA in 2018 to complete a master’s program on Media, Entertainment and Technology Law and Policy at UCLA. I did not have any previous connection to LA. In fact, I had never even visited California before moving here. I chose to study at UCLA based solely on the fact that they have the #1 program in the world in Entertainment Law. And, of course, because LA has such a strong music scene.

My initial plan was to complete my master’s degree, then work for 1 year in the US and go back to Brazil.

However, after taking the bar exam and working for two law firms in Los Angeles, I was hired by another important mentor and dear friend, Ron Matten. At that point, his firm was focused on business immigration. I remember telling him in 2019 that I wanted to expand the practice to helping artists and performers with their immigration needs. I also recommended that the firm begin to expand into entertainment law. Fortunately, he accepted the challenge, and we later became business partners.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
As a Brazilian in the US, my main obstacle was becoming marketable to employers despite visa obstacles and the fact that I was not yet licensed to practice US law.

Even with outstanding credentials from UCLA, I was not prepared for the challenges of finding a job as a foreigner, especially while taking the California Bar Exam at the same time! Fortunately, I was able to pass and find fantastic work opportunities.

Probably the hardest part of moving to LA is being so far away from my family and friends in Brazil. My work takes me there frequently, though, so I am able to visit them often, which helps ease the homesickness. I’m also grateful to have a strong network of Brazilian friends and artists in LA which help me stay connected to my roots.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a partner and practice leader at Matten Law. Since I am licensed to practice law in California and in Brazil, my work is divided in three main sectors: entertainment immigration for artists and creatives; entertainment law in California; and entertainment law in Brazil.

In addition, my partner and I recently opened a second business that sponsors talent to work in the US.

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
As a lawyer, my work needs to be connected with trust and authenticity, always making sure the clients feel seen, respected and valuable. My main focus is to amplify the reach of our clients while combining a great understanding of their personal and business needs with industry knowledge and deep interdisciplinary technical expertise. I also like to act as a “general counsel” for our clients, advising them on numerous fronts and connecting them to the best professionals in the market.

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