Sandra Goldstein is a litigation partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Sandra has a broad litigation practice, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, securities and commercial disputes. Her clients have included Barnes & Noble, Cameron International, CBS, Honeywell, IBM, J. Crew, Martin Marietta, Mylan, Novartis, Pitney Bowes, Qualcomm, Starwood Hotels, The Williams Companies, United Airlines, Xerox and Zale.

During the past five years, Sandra has represented clients in litigation relating to more than 30 contemplated or hostile transactions with a cumulative value of over $400 billion. During this time, she secured more than 20 pretrial wins, including a major summary judgment victory in a multibillion‑dollar securities fraud class action lawsuit. Sandra frequently argues as lead courtroom counsel, winning over a dozen favorable decisions after oral argument in the past five years at both the trial and appellate court levels concerning dispositive motions, motions for preliminary injunctions and expedited discovery. Due to this success, she has repeatedly been recognized as a leading trial lawyer by several professional publications, including Chambers USA, which describe her as, “intelligent, very understanding about the client’s needs and she presents very well in court.”



Am Law Litigation Daily

  • Litigator of the Week (August 20, 2010)

Benchmark Litigation

  • General Commercial Star — National (2012–2019)

  • Local Litigation Star: General Commercial — New York (2012–2019)

  • Local Litigation Star: Securities — New York (2012–2019)

  • Securities Star — National (2013–2019)

  • Top 10 General Commercial Stars — National (2017)

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America (2015–2019)

Benchmark Top 250 Women in Litigation (2016–2019)

  • Top Ten (2012–2015)

Best Lawyers in America

  • Commercial Litigation (2016–2019)

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

  • Chambers Women in Law Award — “Litigator of the Year” (2012)

  • Securities Litigation — New York (2009–2019)

Crain’s New York Business

  • Leading Women Lawyers in NYC (2018)


  • 25 Most Influential Women in Securities Law (2016)


  • 100 Lawyers You Need to Know in Securities Litigation

  • 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2007–2019)

  • Legends of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2016–2017)

The Legal 500 Hall of Fame

  • Leading Trial Lawyers (2017)

The Legal 500 US

  • Appellate (2012–2013)

  • General Commercial Disputes (2015–2018)

  • Leading Trial Lawyers (2011–2019)

  • M&A Litigation: Defense (2012–2019)

  • Securities Litigation (2010–2017, 2019)

Super Lawyers — New York

  • Securities Litigation (2013–2018)

Americas Women in Business Law Awards — Best in Litigation, Euromoney Legal Media Group (2013, 2015, 2016)

Memberships & Affiliations

International Bar Association

Board of Trustees, New York University School of Law


Admissions & Qualifications

  • New York


  • New York University School of LawJ.D.1987
  • Barnard CollegeB.A.summa cum laude1984