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Sandra Goldstein

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Sandra has a broad litigation practice, with a focus on M&A, securities and commercial disputes. Clients have included Barnes & Noble, Cameron International, CBS, IBM, J. Crew, Martin Marietta, Mylan, Novartis, 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 more than $400 billion.


Previously Head of Litigation (2010-2016) and Litigation Managing Partner (2005-2010) at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.


NYU Law School, J.D.; Barnard College, B.A., summa cum laude.

United States: Dispute resolution

General commercial disputes

Within: General commercial disputes

Among the best for highly complex and potentially "bet the company" legal issues’, Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s litigation team is ‘client-oriented, creative and smart’. With 500 attorneys in the litigation practice firmwide, it is one of the largest groups in the market. Of particular note is the team’s broad experience in state and federal courts - including at appellate level - and in arbitration proceedings. A team that includes Mark Filip, Donna Welch, Leslie Smith and Jennifer Levy is representing Allergan in the closely watched opioids investigations, which span state and federal governmental investigations, congressional inquiries and civil lawsuits. Elsewhere, James Hurst and Andrew Kassof secured a victory for Abbott Laboratories in a False Claims Act (FCA) jury trial in the Northern District of Texas, which was affirmed by the Fifth Circuit in May 2017. Richard Godfrey is a ‘brilliant class action lawyer’. Andrew McGaan and Washington DC-based Eugene Assaf are also recommended. Above-named partners are based in Chicago unless otherwise stated. In April 2018, star litigator Sandra Goldstein joined from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.

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Leading trial lawyers

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M&A litigation: defense

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Sandra Goldstein - Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Within: M&A litigation: defense

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is ‘a firm that is always prepared to go to trial, which is a mindset that sets it apart from some of its competitors’. The firm is currently involved in many cutting-edge M&A cases, including one of the largest appraisal actions ever filed in Delaware; Matthew Solum, who has nearly 20 years’ experience in M&A litigation in Delaware and elsewhere, and Yosef Riemer are leading the case from New York. They also represent Team Health Holdings in a claim raised by shareholders controlling $600m in stock. Solum represented Dutch company Akzo Nobel in its successful takeover defense against PPG, which had launched a $29.5bn merger proposal. Joshua Rabinovitz and Devon Largio in Chicago are acting as lead counsel to Akorn Inc in three class actions related to accounting issues in acquisitions totaling $4.3bn made in 2014. Jay Lefkowitz in New York and Mark Holscher in Los Angeles are also recommended. In April 2018, the eminent Sandra Goldstein joined from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.

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Securities litigation: defense

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Sandra Goldstein - Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Within: Securities litigation: defense

The team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP is ‘extremely knowledgeable, has great judgment and is a pleasure to work with’. The firm has recognized strengths in investigation and enforcement actions, accountant liability matters and securities class actions. Mark Filip, who works from Chicago and Washington DC, leads the government enforcement and defense practice. He recently advised Rio Tinto on a securities fraud case arising from a fall in its stock price following the disclosure of a corruption investigation involving its operations in the Simandou iron mine. Matthew Solum represented private equity firm Advent International in a class action arising from Party City Holdco Inc’s IPO, in which plaintiffs alleged the company failed to disclose the impact of a decline in Frozen merchandise sales. Chicago-based Joshua Rabinovitz and John Hartmann acted for FTD Companies in multiple class actions regarding accusations of making false and misleading statements in connection with an acquisition. DC-based litigator Neil Eggleston, who was White House Counsel to President Obama until 2017, is recommended. In April 2018, top-flight litigator Sandra Goldstein joined from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.

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