Adrean Williams

Adrean S. Williams

Adrean S. Williams
Washington, DC
+1 202 346 4204

Adrean Williams is an associate in the firm’s ERISA & Executive Compensation practice where she advises a wide variety of clients, including both public and private companies, on all aspects of executive compensation, as well as on tax and securities law issues in connection with equity-based arrangements and other types of incentive plans. She also counsels on executive compensation issues that arise in connection with mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, and other corporate transactions. In addition, she regularly advises both employers and executives in the negotiation, design and implementation of employment, severance, change in control and equity award agreements. Adrean also counsels clients regarding compliance with tax rules relating to deferred compensation, tax planning with respect to the excise tax on excess parachute payments and SEC rules governing executive compensation disclosure and reporting.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Adrean practiced at Honigman LLP where her practice primarily encompassed executive compensation, qualified retirement plans, fiduciary governance, and taxation related to employee benefits. Earlier in her career, Adrean was also a consultant in the Employee Benefits Consulting group at Plante Moran.

Professional Activities

Adrean serves on the Board of Directors of Detroit Speaks, Inc.




University of Michigan Law School

BACommunication and Culture2011

Howard University

(summa cum laude)



  • District of Columbia
  • Michigan
  • Illinois

Recognition & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America, Recognized as "One to Watch," 2021

  • Recognized in the areas of Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law and Tax Law


Adrean’s recent speaking engagements include: