Press Release
February 3, 2020

Goodwin Strengthens ERISA and Executive Compensation Practice with Partner Crescent Moran Chasteen in Boston

Global law firm Goodwin announced today that Crescent Moran Chasteen has joined its ERISA + Executive Compensation practice in the Boston office.

“Alongside firmwide growth, the amount and complexity of ERISA and executive compensation work have increased across Goodwin’s platform at the intersection of capital and innovation,” said Lynda Galligan, co-chair of Goodwin’s ERISA + Executive Compensation practice and chair of the firm’s Silicon Valley office. “Crescent’s broad experience across several industry verticals including REITs, banks, and technology and life sciences companies complements Goodwin’s existing strengths in executive compensation and transactional work. We are thrilled to have her on board.”

Chasteen focuses on advising companies, executives and boards on the regulatory complexities of executive compensation and benefits, including tax laws governing deferred compensation, equity compensation, golden parachute arrangements and deduction limitation rules; securities laws including reporting and disclosure requirements, shareholder approval requirements and registration issues. She frequently counsels both investors and innovators of public and private technology, life sciences, private equity, financial services and real estate companies in the context of mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, initial public offerings, and restructurings.

Chasteen received an L.L.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. from Western New England University School of Law, and a B.A. from the University of Maine. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, Maine and Michigan.

Chasteen can be reached at and 617.570.1168.

Chasteen’s hire follows continuous growth of the ERISA + Executive Compensation practice, most recently bolstered by the hire of Andy Barton in New York and Patrick Menasco in Washington, D.C.

Goodwin’s ERISA and Executive Compensation lawyers work with clients and investors in a range of industries, both public and private, including technology and life sciences companies, banks and other financial services companies, REITs, hospitality companies, and private equity and venture-backed companies. The team provides counsel on the full range of tax, accounting, corporate and securities law issues that arise in structuring, implementing and administering equity-based compensation, incentive compensation and other employee benefit plans and arrangements, particularly in the context of M&A transactions, early- and late-stage financings, and initial public offerings.