Ms Sandra Goldstein > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
601 LEXINGTON AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States

Position

Sandra has a broad practice, with a particular focus on securities, M&A and commercial disputes. Recently, she has represented clients in litigation relating to more than 30 transactions with a cumulative value of $500 billion+, and she has secured numerous pretrial wins, including a major summary judgment victory in a multibillion-dollar securities class action. Sandra frequently argues as lead courtroom counsel, winning over a dozen favorable decisions after oral argument before trial and appellate courts. Since 2020, she has defended over 20 major companies, including 3G, ArcLight Capital Partners, Constellation Brands, GrubHub, Honeywell, Taubman Centers, and Xerox, in more than 30 lawsuits filed across the country. Recent wins include: for Pitney Bowes, argued and won precedent-setting PSLRA discovery stay, the first defense attorney to do so in over two decades, and then case dismissal. Also won motions to dismiss for: the Murdochs and Fox Corporation of shareholder derivative suit over $73B Walt Disney merger; Six Flags and ArcLight Capital of securities class actions in Texas and New York; Amcor and Bemis of SDNY class action relating to $6.8B merger.

Career

Previously Cravath’s Head of Litigation (2010-2016) and Litigation Managing Partner (2005-2010).

Education

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

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense

(Hall of Fame)

Sandra GoldsteinKirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP remains at the forefront of corporate governance and M&A litigation, as well as advising on pre-litigation issues in deal structures and strategies, as well as taking matters all the way to trial. Its work spans cases arising from large M&A, shareholder activism, proxy contests, tender offers, as well as leveraged buyout and special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) transactions. The firm has a stellar track record in high-profile matters in the Delaware Court of Chancery, the state and federal courts in New York, and other state and federal courts across the country, and it continues to be involved in market-leading matters. Key partner Sandra Goldstein won a complete dismissal for Amcor in a post-closing class action arising from the company’s $6.8bn acquisition of Bemis Company. Matthew Solum, who is handling a shareholder class action for BC Partners, and Yosef Riemer, are among the other key attorneys. Up-and-coming partners Stefan Atkinson and Washington DC-based Joshua Rabinovitz also play key roles in the practice. Lawyers are in New York unless otherwise stated.

United States > Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers

(Hall of Fame)

Sandra GoldsteinKirkland & Ellis LLP

(Leading trial lawyers)

Sandra GoldsteinKirkland & Ellis LLP

Sandra Goldstein Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Renowned for her forté in securities and M&A litigation, New York based Sandra Goldstein has achieved more than 20 pretrial wins, including in a multi-billion dollar securities fraud class action lawsuit where she won a significant summary judgment. In an ongoing matter, Goldstein defended Constellation Brands and some of its subsidiaries in a case brought by Modelo de Mexico involving contract and trademark claims relating to the use of the Corona trademarks.

Sandra Goldstein Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Renowned for her forté in securities and M&A litigation, New York based Sandra Goldstein has achieved more than 20 pretrial wins, including in a multi-billion dollar securities fraud class action lawsuit where she won a significant summary judgment. In an ongoing matter, Goldstein defended Constellation Brands and some of its subsidiaries in a case brought by Modelo de Mexico involving contract and trademark claims relating to the use of the Corona trademarks.

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense

(Hall of Fame)

Sandra GoldsteinKirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP consolidated its status as a leading securities litigation firm in 2021, with a string of victories and a strong pipeline of new mandates across the full spectrum of 10(b) stock drop and IPO-related class actions, M&A and proxy-related disputes, shareholder derivative suits, structured finance litigation, books and records demands, and litigation demands on boards. Sandra Goldstein in New York and Mark Filip in Chicago are among the firm’s standout practitioners. Acknowledged securities litigation expert Goldstein acted for 3G Capital, a major shareholder in Kraft Heinz, in class actions and derivative cases concerning a $15.4bn write-down of Kraft Heinz’s assets and the disclosure of an SEC investigation into the company’s accounting policies, procedures and controls. Stefan Atkinson in New York is heavily involved in cases involving special purpose acquisition companies. Joshua Rabinovitz in Washington DC ‘told us exactly what to expect from the representation, and what to expect as the case proceeded, including all the various permutations it might take, so we were always prepared’, remarks one client.

United States > Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation

At Kirkland & Ellis LLP, the financial services litigation practice handles a range of complex disputes in the area, from market manipulation and fraud investigations to litigation related to M&A. The team represents clients facing investigations across consumer finance, securities and derivatives, with experience in cases involving the SEC, CFTC, DOJ and CFPB. The practice’s governmental relations expertise is further demonstrated by its recent work for a number of CEOs of prominent banks in helping them to prepare for congressional oversight hearings. Mark Filip is a former federal judge and offers deep experience in defending clients in government enforcement proceedings, while Sandra Goldstein and Zachary Brez are noted for their work in securities and M&A litigation. Goldstein and Brez are based in New York, while Filip works across the Chicago and Washington DC offices; Reginald Brown is another name to note in DC and further bolsters the firm’s expertise in regulatory enforcement proceedings.

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

Kirkland & Ellis LLP ‘brings an almost unique set of strengths and resources to address complex, high-stakes commercial litigation.’ The practice is noted for its breadth, with expertise in civil trials, congressional inquiries, securities litigation, class action claims and government investigations, among others. Defendants and plaintiffs alike approach the group for legal support in crises. The New York-based Sandra Goldstein is noted for her expertise in fraud class actions, securities and commercial disputes. Mark Filip, who divides his time between Chicago and Washington DC, has a strong track record for civil cases: he is for instance acting for Allergan in the Opioids litigation. James Hurst‘s broad practice spans patent, products liability, trade secret, criminal, antitrust, and contract matters, and Andrew Kassof has know-how in trying cases; both are based in Chicago. New York’s Aaron Marks is well versed in acting for financial institutions. Other prominent practitioners are Richard Godfrey and Diana Watral in Chicago, as well as Craig Primis in Washington DC.