Sandra Goldstein

Kirkland & Ellis - New York


601 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022

212 446 4779

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Practice areas:

Dispute resolution

Sandra C. 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 mergers and acquisitions, securities and commercial disputes. Her clients have included Barnes & Noble, Honeywell, IBM, Mylan, Novartis, Pitney Bowes, Qualcomm, The Williams Companies, 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, including: H.J. Heinz ($60 billion merger with Kraft Foods); The Williams Companies (now-terminated $37.7 billion combination with Energy Transfer Equity); Cameron International ($15 billion acquisition by Schlumberger); Starwood ($13.3 billion combination with Marriott International); and Mylan ($5.6 billion acquisition of Abbott’s generics business). She is currently representing Pitney Bowes in securities class action and derivative litigation relating to a debt offering; Honeywell in securities class action and derivative litigation arising from the company’s accounting for asbestos-related liabilities; and 3G in securities class action and derivative litigation related to the write-down of Kraft Heinz’s assets and the disclosure of an SEC investigation. Recently, she won dismissal (affirmed on appeal) for: Barnes & Noble of a consumer digital privacy class action lawsuit; and Xerox of a securities fraud class action concerning one of its software products. 

Sandra has won other groundbreaking victories for clients, including a PSLRA discovery stay for Pitney Bowes in litigation brought in state court under the federal securities laws, the first defense attorney to have succeeded in doing so in over two decades; summary judgment for Xerox in a 13-year-old $2 billion securities class action (affirmed on appeal); dismissal for First Citizens BancShares of merger litigation that cleared the way for Delaware companies to enact forum-selection bylaws in conjunction with deals, even in anticipation of litigation, an issue of first impression; and a trial victory for Barnes & Noble in activist shareholder litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery (affirmed on appeal) that provided substantive guidance on “poison pills.” 

Due to her success, Sandra has repeatedly been recognized as a leading lawyer by numerous publications, including as a “Litigation Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal and one of the 25 “Most Influential Women in Securities Law” by Law360, which called her a “tough litigator and incisive strategist.” 

Sandra received a B.A. summa cum laude from Barnard College and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. Prior to Kirkland, she spent over 30 years at Cravath where she was elected the first female litigation partner and its youngest partner ever, and led the firm’s litigation department, serving as Head of Litigation (2010-2016) and as the Litigation Managing Partner (2005-2010).

Last updated August 2019