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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.

  • Compensation and Benefits Planning for Non-Profit Organizations, Society of Financial Service Professionals
    Speaking Engagements
  • Planning Opportunities Created by New Public Company Compensation Limitations, Annual Meeting of Association of Advanced Life Underwriters
    Speaking Engagements
  • Nonqualified Deferred Compensation, Traps and Updates, 2017 AICPA National Tax Conference
    Speaking Engagements
  • Recent Developments in the Area of Non-qualified Deferred Compensation, 2017 USC Tax Institute
    Speaking Engagements
  • Mess Ups and Clean Ups in Deferred Compensation and Benefits, 2015 USC Tax Institute
    Speaking Engagements
  • Characterization Issues Arising in Business Transactions: Beyond the Sales Price, CalCPA 2014 Family Law Conference
    Panelist Speaker
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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 (2021-2023)
  • Named in The Legal 500 US in Domestic Tax, published by Legalease Limited and John Pritchard (2018)
  • Named "Best Lawyer" in Tax Law, The Best Lawyers in America (2013-2024), 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, Co-Chair of Employment and Benefits