Press Release May 23, 2016

Goodwin Adds Executive Compensation Partner Alessandra Murata in Silicon Valley

Goodwin, a leading Am Law 50 and Global 50 firm, announced today that Alessandra Murata has joined the firm’s Silicon Valley office as a partner in the ERISA & Executive Compensation Practice.

“Ali’s wide-ranging industry expertise with public and private companies in the technology, life sciences, private equity and real estate sectors aligns perfectly with Goodwin’s focus practice areas,” said Lynda Galligan, chair of the firm’s Silicon Valley office. “We are delighted that she’s joining the partnership as Goodwin’s presence in Northern California continues to expand.”

Murata advises corporations and management, including boards of directors, and private equity sponsors on executive compensation and benefits issues arising through mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, private equity and leveraged buyout transactions. She regularly represents public and private companies on the adoption, revision and negotiation of executive employment and severance arrangements. Murata also counsels clients on equity compensation arrangements for corporations and partnerships, compliance with tax rules relating to deferred compensation, tax planning with respect to the excise tax on excess parachute payments, limits on the deductibility of executive compensation and SEC rules governing executive compensation disclosure and reporting.

Murata joins Goodwin from Skadden where she was counsel. She is admitted to practice in California and New York. She earned her J.D. from University of Michigan Law School, LL.M from New York University School of Law and B.S. from Cornell University. Murata is the author of numerous industry articles and was recently recognized by The Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of 2016 Women of Influence.

Murata can be reached at or (650) 752-3214.

Goodwin’s ERISA & Executive Compensation Practice is among the most well-known in the United States. The group provides comprehensive, practical advice to clients in a range of industries and works closely with the firm’s ERISA Litigation group. The team has extensive experience representing employers with respect to their compensation and benefit plans. The lawyers frequently counsel on the compensation and benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions, financings and IPOs and have expertise in all aspects of executive compensation, including tax, accounting and securities law issues.