Elizabeth (Liz) Gartland concentrates her practice on compensation and employment benefits matters for technology companies. She advises clients on compensation issues, compliance and best practices with respect to corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and public company compensation and reporting matters. Liz also works with clients on the design and implementation of compensation plans, including compliance with related tax and securities laws.

Liz serves as Vice Chair of the Federal Securities Regulation Subcommittee of the Executive Compensation Committee of the ABA Business Law Section since 2017.

Prior to Fenwick, Liz was in-house executive compensation and benefits counsel for Adobe Systems.

Representative Transactions:

  • Imperva’s $2.4B acquisition by Thoma Bravo
  • Workday’s $1.55B acquisition of Adaptive Insights
  • Cray’s $1.5B acquisition by HPE
  • Cisco Systems in multiple acquisitions, including its $1.4B acquisition of Jasper Technologies and its $700M acquisition of Acano
  • Facebook in multiple acquisitions, including its $1B acquisition of Instagram
  • Shutterfly’s $825M acquisition of Lifetouch
  • Amazon.com’s $583M acquisition of Souq.com
  • Scopely’s $250M acquisition of FoxNet Games
  • Smartsheet’s $174.5M initial public offering
  • Arcutis’ $159.4M initial public offering
  • Alteryx’s $126M initial public offering
  • Redfin’s $138.5M initial public offering

Recent Publications:

  • ABA Tax Section “2019 Executive Compensation Update” (October 2019)
  • ALI CLE Conference on “Executive Compensation in the IPO Process” (June 2019)
  • ABA JCEB Webinar “Essentials for the Benefits Practitioner: Demystifying Executive Compensation” (April 2019)
  • ABA JCEB Government Invitational (Panel moderator regarding Dodd-Frank and Executive Compensation) (May 2018 and 2017)
  • ABA JCEB Webinar “Nuts and Bolts of Executive Compensation” (October 2017)
  • ABA JCEB Government Invitational (Panel moderator regarding Dodd-Frank and Executive Compensation) (May 2018 and 2017)
  • ABA JCEB Webinar “Nuts and Bolts of Executive Compensation” (October 2017)
  • “Compensation Alert: SEC Issues Final CEO Pay Ratio Rule” (Bloomberg BNA, September 2015)


Representative Clients

  • Alteryx
  • Amyris
  • Carta
  • Chegg
  • Cisco Systems
  • Cloudera
  • Dexcom
  • DocuSign
  • Facebook
  • Glu Mobile
  • Imperva
  • KalVista
  • Redfin
  • Smartsheet
  • Symantec
  • Veracyte
  • Workday

Education & Admissions

J.D., Hastings College of Law, 2002

B.A., English Literature
Northwestern University, 1997

Admitted to practice in California

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