Susan W. Murley


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.


Ms. Murley has more than 25 years of experience in representing private and public companies in the technology, life sciences and finance sectors, among others. She concentrates her practice primarily in the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisition, corporate governance and general corporate counseling. 

Ms. Murley has represented companies and underwriters in more than 75 initial and follow-on public offerings, and has led a number of transactions in the mergers and acquisitions area, the private issuances of securities and license and distribution agreements.

Ms. Murley's public company clients include Akamai Technologies; Aspect Medical Systems; BioSphere Medical; The First Marblehead Corporation; NxStage Medical; Idenix Pharmaceuticals; 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 to The National Law Journal's inaugural list of "Outstanding Women Lawyers" in 2015
  • Named among the "Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts in 2016, and selected as a "Massachusetts Super Lawyer" for business law in the 2004-2006 and 2012-2015 issues of Boston Magazine
  • Selected as a "Top Women of Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in September 2011

Publications & News


January 23, 2017

Law360 Names WilmerHale a Technology Group of the Year

The firm has been recognized by Law360 as a Technology Practice Group of the Year, showcasing some of the firm's significant successes for clients during the calendar year of 2016.

November 22, 2016

The Boston Globe Ranks WilmerHale Among Top 20 Women-Led Businesses

The rankings are based on revenue or operating budget and other variables, including number of full-time employees in the state, workplace and management diversity, and innovative projects.

June 1, 2015

WilmerHale Partners Recognized as Outstanding Women Lawyers by The National Law Journal

WilmerHale congratulates Partners Susan Murley, Jamie Gorelick and Sharon Cohen Levin for being named to The National Law Journal’s (NLJ) inaugural list of Outstanding Women Lawyers.

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

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

Professional Activities

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


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JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 1986

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

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