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

Over the past few 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, recently 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 close collaboration with the firm’s transactional attorneys.

Sandra has repeatedly been recognized as a leading trial lawyer by numerous professional publications. She has been named a “Litigation Trailblazer” (National Law Journal), “Litigator of the Year” (Chambers USA), one of the “Top 10 Women in Litigation” (Benchmark Litigation) and one of the “25 Most Influential Women in Securities Law” (Law360). Chambers USA says that Sandra is “intelligent, very understanding about the client’s needs and she presents very well in court.” According to The Legal 500, she 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.”



Benchmark Litigation

  • General Commercial Star — National and New York (2012–2019)

  • Securities Star — National and New York (2013–2019)

  • Top 10 General Commercial Stars — National (2017)

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

  • Top 250 Women in Litigation (2016–2019)

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

Best Lawyers in America

  • Commercial Litigation (2016–2019)

Chambers USA

  • 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 U.S.

  • 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

Board of Trustees, New York University School of Law

International Bar Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • New York


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