Sandra is “brilliant: she’s strategic and very client-focused,” “an absolutely fantastic litigator – she understands the law, the courts, negotiations and outcomes. She is truly fabulous.” Sandra is “[a]n exceptionally talented litigator.” She’s “[f]ocused, on point, no-nonsense and terrific to work with.”

- Chambers USA, 2019–2022 (Client quotes)

Sandra Goldstein is a litigation partner in Kirkland’s New York office and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. She has a broad litigation practice, with a particular focus on securities, M&A, and commercial disputes. Her clients have included 3G Capital, Barnes & Noble, Grubhub, Honeywell, IBM, J. Crew, Novartis, Pitney Bowes, Qualcomm, Six Flags, Starwood Hotels, United Airlines and Xerox.

In recent years, Sandra has represented clients in litigation relating to more than 30 contemplated or hostile transactions with a cumulative value of over $500 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 at both the trial and appellate court levels concerning dispositive motions, motions for preliminary injunctions and expedited discovery. She also routinely advises boards, in‑house counsel and company executives on litigation and corporate governance considerations at various stages of a deal, in collaboration with the Firm’s transactional attorneys.

Sandra has repeatedly been recognized as a leading lawyer by numerous professional publications. In 2020 alone, for example, she was awarded recognition as a “Distinguished Leader” (New York Law Journal), “Notable Woman in Law” (Crain’s), “Litigation Trailblazer” (New York Law Journal), “Securities MVP” (Law360) and one of the “Top 10 Woman in Litigation” (Benchmark Litigation). She has previously been named “Litigator of the Year” (Chambers USA), “Litigation Trailblazer” (National Law Journal) and one of the “25 Most Influential Women in Securities Law” (Law360).

Sandra is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers USA for Securities Litigation. She is also recognized in Legal 500’s “Hall of Fame” category for Securities Litigation and M&A Litigation (one of only eight lawyers and the only woman) and as one of Legal 500’s Leading Trial Lawyers. According to Legal 500, Sandra is “at the very top of the list of M&A litigators ─ few, if any, can match her tenacity and skillful advocacy.” Law360 called Sandra a “tough litigator and incisive strategist.”


Thought Leadership

Recent Press Mentions

“Investor Suit Over Packing Cos.’ $6.8B Merger Tossed,” Law360, January 13, 2021

"MVP: Kirkland’s Sandra C. Goldstein," Law360, October 7, 2020 

Top 10 Women in Litigation, Benchmark Litigation, August 11, 2020 

2020 New York Trailblazers, New York Law Journal, September 21, 2020

“Textron Escapes Investor Suit Over Artic Cat Buy,” Law360, July 20, 2020

“New York Law Journal Announces its 2020 Distinguished Leaders,” New York Law Journal, Professional Excellence Awards, June 30, 2020

“Murdochs Beat Investor Suit Over $82M Disney Sale Windfall,” Law360, June 26, 2020

“Pitney Bowes Beats Post-Cyan Investor Suit in Connecticut,” Law360, October 2019

“2d Circ. Won’t Revive Pension Fund’s Xerox Stock Suit,” Law360, June 2019

“Why Your Clients Should Thank Kirkland’s Sandra Goldstein,” The American Lawyer, May 2019

“Kirkland Lateral Star Sandra Goldstein Delivers a Storybook Ending for Barnes & Noble,” The AmLaw Litigation Daily, March 12, 2019


Benchmark Litigation

  • General Commercial Star — National and New York (2012–2023)

  • Securities Star — National and New York (2013–2023)

  • Top 10 Women in Litigation (2012–2015, 2019–2020)

  • Top 10 General Commercial Stars — National (2017)

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America (2015–2020)

  • Top 250 Women in Litigation (2016–2022)

Best Lawyers in America

  • Commercial Litigation (2016–2023)

Chambers USA

  • Securities Litigation — New York (2009–2022)

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

Crain’s New York Business

  • Notable Women in Law (2018, 2021)


  • Securities MVP of the Year award (2020)

  • 25 Most Influential Women in Securities Law (2016)


  • 100 Lawyers You Need to Know in Securities Litigation

  • 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2007–2022)

New York Law Journal

  • Distinguished Leader award (2020)
  • New York Trailblazer award (2020)

The Legal 500 U.S. - Hall of Fame Category

  • M&A Litigation: Defense (2019–2022)  

  • Leading Trial Lawyers (2017, 2020)

  • Securities Litigation: Defense (2021–2022)

The Legal 500 U.S.

  • Securities Litigation (2010–2017, 2019–2022)

  • Leading Trial Lawyers (2011–2022)

  • M&A Litigation: Defense (2012–2022)

  • Appellate Litigation (2012–2013)

  • General Commercial Disputes (2015–2020)

The National Law Journal

  • Litigation Trailblazers of the Year (2015)

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

Memberships & Affiliations

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