Lynda Galligan, a partner in Goodwin’s ERISA + Executive Compensation and Technology Companies Practices, specializes in a wide range of compensation and benefits matters. Ms. Galligan serves as chair of Goodwin’s Silicon Valley office, is a member of the firm’s Allocations Committee, and previously served on the Partnership Committee and the Executive Committee.

Recognized as a leader in her field by The Legal 500, Ms. Galligan represents clients in all aspects of executive and employee compensation. For over 10 years, her focus has been almost exclusively on emerging growth companies in technology and life sciences. She advises both public and private companies, including companies planning initial public offerings, on tax and securities law issues in connection with equity-based arrangements and other types of incentive plans. She regularly advises clients on the unique compensation issues that arise in the context of corporate transactions. She represents both employers and executives in the negotiation of employment, change in control, severance and equity participation agreements.

Ms. Galligan also has experience advising venture capital funds on ERISA issues, including the investment of employee benefit plan assets and the establishment and operation of venture capital operating companies.




Ms. Galligan works with clients throughout the corporate life cycle, advising on compensation matters at the time of incorporation, and in connection with venture capital financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions.

Representative Matters



Public Offerings
  • Advising companies, such as Guidewire Software, Brightcove, Zendesk, Xoom Corporation, Atlassian, Twilio and Fate Therapeutics, and investment banks, such as Goldman Sachs and BofA Merrill Lynch, on executive compensation disclosure requirements
M&A – Executive Compensation
  • in its $1.5 billion sale to LinkedIn
  • Xoom in its $890 million sale to PayPal
  • Citrix in spin off of Go-To business to LogMeIn
  • FitBit in several acquisitions
  • GoDaddy in several acquisitions
  • Altassian in several acquisitions
  • Onyx Pharmaceuticals in its $10 billion sale to Amgen
  • ANSYS in numerous acquisition transactions
  • Trulia in its acquisition by Zillow
  • Trunk Club in its $350 million sale to Nordstrom
  • Flurry in its sale to Yahoo!
Ongoing Representation
  • Public companies: ANSYS, Guidewire Software, Hortonworks, iRobot, Citrix, Altassian, Twilio and Zendesk
  • Private companies: Eventbrite, Evernote, AppNexus, Machine Zone, Slack Technologies, Okta, Qualtrics, Affirm and Teespring 
Professional Experience

Prior to entering law school, Ms. Galligan was an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Ms. Galligan serves on the Bay Area Board for BUILD, a non-profit that uses entrepreneurship to propel disengaged, low-income youth through high school and to college success.


Ms. Galligan has been recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. and as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer “Rising Star” in her field by Law & Politics and Boston magazine.

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Boston College Law School

(cum laude)

Purdue University



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