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Marla Aspinwall concentrates her practice in the tax, ERISA, labor and securities aspects of executive compensation for publicly held, private and tax-exempt organizations, including employment agreements; nonqualified deferred compensation; and equity, retirement, incentive and welfare benefit plans. Marla has extensive knowledge of insurance-funded executive benefits and estate planning arrangements. She also specializes in the tax and business aspects of agricultural cooperative organizations and has represented many large agricultural cooperatives.

  • What's Good About Insurance? Why Insurance, COLI and Deferred Comp are Good for Business and the Economy, Annual Meeting of Association of Advanced Life Underwriters
    Speaking Engagements
  • Hot Topics In Executive Compensation, USC Tax Institute
    Speaking Engagements
  • Proposed Treasury Guidance on Substantial Risk of Forfeiture in 457(f) Plans, Annual Meeting of Association of Advanced Life Underwriters
  • Current Developments in Executive Compensation: Overview of 409A and TARP Legislation, Tax Executives Institute, Inc.
  • Section 409A Deferred Compensation Update, California Society of CPA's and Los Angeles County Bar Association Tax Night
  • Section 409A Panel, Annual Meeting of Association of Advanced Life Underwriters
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  • University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, Southern California Law Review
  • University of Utah, B.A., Honors English, summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • California


  • Named in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, in California: Los Angeles & Surrounds Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (2021 edition)
  • Named in The Legal 500 US in Domestic Tax, published by Legalease Limited and John Pritchard (2018 edition)
  • Named "Best Lawyer" in Tax Law, The Best Lawyers in America (2013-2021)and recognized among "Women of Influence" by Best Lawyers (2015-2017), published by Woodward White, Inc.


  • American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
  • American Bar Association, Employee Benefit Committee 
  • California Bar Association, Employee Benefit Committee of Tax Section 
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Employee Benefits Committee of Tax Section 
  • Association of Advanced Life Underwriters (AALU), Retirement Plans Committee
  • National Counsel of Farmer Cooperatives, Legal, Tax and Accounting Committee, Chair of Industry Specialist