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Susan W. Murley

Partner

Co-Managing Partner

Murley, Susan W.

Susan Murley is a co-managing partner of the firm, as well as a partner in the Corporate Practice Group. She is a member of the firm's Management Committee. Ms. Murley previously served as chair of the Transactional Department, chair of the Corporate Practice Group and chair of the firm's Hiring Committee. She is also a former member of the Executive Committee. Ms. Murley joined the firm in 1986.

Practice

Ms. Murley concentrates her practice primarily in the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Her practice includes the representation of publicly-held companies, as well as venture backed and other privately-held companies. Ms. Murley has been involved in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, initial and follow-on public offerings of securities, private issuances of securities, asset sales and negotiation of license and distribution agreements.

Ms. Murley acts as outside counsel and lead transactional counsel to companies in a range of industries, including biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical devices, software and services, the Internet and financial services.

Among her clients are Akamai Technologies, Inc.; Aspect Medical Systems, Inc.; BioSphere Medical, Inc.; The First Marblehead Corporation; NxStage Medical, Inc.; Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and Sepracor Inc.

Representative transactions in which Ms. Murley has served as counsel include:

  • Many life sciences and high technology industry public offerings for both issuers and underwriters
  • Venture capital financing for companies in the biotechnology, medical device and technology industries
  • A wide range of merger and acquisition transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions of numerous public and private companies
  • Strategic alliances in the life sciences industry
  • General corporate and securities law advice to companies and boards of directors

Honors & Awards

  • Named a "Massachusetts Super Lawyer" in business law in the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012 and 2013 issues of Boston Magazine
  • Selected as a "Top Women of Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in September 2011

Publications & News

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November 6, 2013

The Boston Globe and Commonwealth Institute Name WilmerHale as a Top 100 Women-led Business in Massachusetts

August 8, 2013

Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers Name WilmerHale Among Best Law Firms for Women

April 29, 2013

Corporate Lawyers David Gammell and Edwin Pease Join WilmerHale as Partners

WilmerHale is pleased to announce that two leading high tech lawyers, David Gammell and Edwin Pease, have joined the firm as partners in the Corporate Group. Together, Gammell and Pease have more than 30 years of experience focusing on emerging companies, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions and related matters.

January 2, 2013

Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers Name WilmerHale Among Best Law Firms for Women

November 6, 2012

The Boston Business Journal’s “Top 100 Women-led Businesses”

May 21, 2012

WilmerHale Hires Leading Technology Transactions Lawyer in New York

February 3, 2012

Boston Business Journal Features Susan Murley as WilmerHale’s Rising Co-Managing Partner

October 6, 2011

Susan Murley, Karen Green Named Top Women of Law

November 22, 2010

WilmerHale Elects Managing Partners for Three-Year Term

WilmerHale announces its next generation of co-managing partners. Susan W. Murley and Robert T. Novick will serve as co-managing partners of the firm for a three-year term, commencing January 1, 2012.

November 3, 2009

Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co., Ltd. Acquires Sepracor Inc.

Professional Activities

Ms. Murley is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association.

Practices

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Education

JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 1986

BA, summa cum laude, Tufts University, 1981, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts