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.” “She’s just top notch. She’s very strategic in her thinking.”

- Chambers USA, 2019–2023 (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, Constellation Brands, Grubhub, Honeywell, IBM, J. Crew, Novartis, Pitney Bowes, Qualcomm, Starwood Hotels, Target, United Airlines and Xerox.

In recent years, Sandra has represented clients in litigation relating to dozens of contemplated or hostile transactions with a cumulative value of over $500 billion, often securing 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. Most recently, Sandra had two major victories for Constellation Brands. First, in March 2023 she secured a unanimous verdict after a two-week trial against Grupo Modelo, which is owned by Anheuser-Busch, by persuading the jury that hard seltzer is beer under the applicable contract. Then, in March 2024, Sandra successfully argued the defense of the Second Circuit appeal in that matter, which the Court affirmed in full. 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. She has been recognized 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), “Litigator of the Year” (Chambers USA), “Litigation Trailblazer” (National Law Journal) and one of the “25 Most Influential Women in Securities Law” (Law360). In 2023, Sandra was named a BTI Client Service All-Star, the only attorney recognition relying solely on clients for feedback, and she is one of only four lawyers nationwide who were named by more than one client. The clients praise Sandra as “a truly great listener” who “is always available and will always provide the best and most appropriate response.”

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 nine lawyers) 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” and Law360 has called Sandra a “tough litigator and incisive strategist.”


Thought Leadership

Recent Press Mentions

“Litigators of the Week Runners-Up and Shout Outs,” The Am Law Litigation Daily, March 17, 2023

“Modelo Can’t Block Corona Seltzer as Jury Broadly Defines ‘Beer’,” Bloomberg Law, March 16, 2023

“Constellation Unit Lands Jury Win In Modelo Hard Seltzer Suit,” Law360, March 15, 2023

“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 (2012–2024)

  • Securities Star — National and New York (2013–2024)

  • Top 250 Women in Litigation (2016–2023)

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

  • Top 10 General Commercial Stars — National (2017)

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

Best Lawyers in America

  • Commercial Litigation (2016–2024)

Chambers USA

  • Securities Litigation — New York (2009–2023)

  • 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 Litigators in America (2024)

  • 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2007–2024)

New York Law Journal

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

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

  • Securities Litigation: Defense (2021–2023)

  • M&A Litigation: Defense (2019–2023)  

  • Leading Trial Lawyers (2017, 2020–2023)

The Legal 500 U.S.

  • Securities Litigation (2010–2017, 2019–2023)

  • Leading Trial Lawyers (2011–2023)

  • M&A Litigation: Defense (2012–2023)

  • General Commercial Disputes (2015–2023)

  • Appellate Litigation (2012–2013) 

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