Ashley Wagner provides seasoned counsel to public and private companies on a broad range of executive compensation and employee benefits matters.

Ms. Wagner advises employers and executives with respect to establishing:

  • Equity incentive plans
  • Employee stock purchase plans
  • Phantom equity, carveout, and other retention plans
  • Deferred compensation, bonus, and other incentive compensation plans
  • Severance and change in control arrangements
  • Employment agreements

She regularly advises on the employee benefits and compensation aspects in a variety of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, financings, spin-offs, and initial public offerings.

Ms. Wagner also maintains an active pro bono practice. Her work includes helping people obtain permanent restraining orders against domestic abusers and advising non-profits on employment and benefits matters, employee handbooks, worker classification, and executive compensation.

She is Co-Chair of the firm’s Silicon Valley Women Enriching Business (WEB) Committee and formerly served on the Recruiting Committee.

Ms. Wagner represents market-leading companies on the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of their most important transactions and provides them with ongoing advice and counsel. Her representative clients include:


  • Alkami Technologies
  • Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
  • Blend Labs
  • Calix
  • Canva
  • Corsair Gaming
  • CradlePoint
  • Datafleets
  • Discord
  • Drizly
  • DXC Technology Company
  • Eventbrite
  • Hippo
  • Kajabi
  • Okta
  • Ouster
  • New Relic
  • Postmates
  • Slack Technologies

Healthcare & Life Sciences

  • 4D Molecular Therapeutics
  • 10X Genomics
  • Achaogen
  • Aligos Therapeutics
  • Arcutis Biotherapeutics
  • Aduro Biotech
  • Angion Biomedica
  • Ardelyx
  • Biomea Fusion
  • Coherus BioSciences
  • Eargo
  • Prothena Corporation
  • Nevro Corp
  • Restoration Robotics
  • Sana Biotechnology
  • Satsuma Pharmaceuticals
  • Treace Medical Concepts


  • American Airlines
  • Frontier Group Holdings
  • Joby Aviation
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Virgin America

Private Equity

  • Astorg Partners
  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
  • The Carlyle Group
  • Meritech Capital Partners
  • Owl Rock Capital
  • Spectrum Equity

Bar Qualification

  • California


  • JD, Duke University School of Law, 2010
  • BA, University of California, Berkeley, 2007