Sandra M. Hanna

Sandra M. Hanna represents public companies, boards of directors, senior officers, broker-dealers, investment advisers and other companies and individuals in civil, criminal and regulatory matters, including investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, FINRA, SIGTARP and various other state and federal agencies.  Her recent representative matters include cases concerning public company financial reporting and disclosure, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and insider trading.  Ms. Hanna has significant experience counseling broker-dealers and hedge funds in connection with regulatory and compliance issues, and has successfully guided clients through extensive examinations by the SEC and FINRA.

Ms. Hanna is recognized as a nationwide leader in securities enforcement matters in the 2014-2018 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and was recognized as a leading attorney in the area of Securities Regulation in the 2016 – 2018 editions of The Best Lawyers in America®.  She has authored articles on securities enforcement matters and is a regular speaker at industry conferences.  Ms. Hanna serves as the Co-Chair of the DC Bar Committee on Broker-Dealer Regulation and SEC Enforcement.

Prior to co-founding the firm, Ms. Hanna worked at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Foley & Lardner LLP and Morrison Foerster. During law school, Ms. Hanna participated in the Summer Honors Program at the Securities and Exchange Commission, in the Division of Enforcement.  Prior to attending law school and business school, she ran an entertainment company, where she managed the professional and business careers of a number of Grammy Award-winning artists.

Ms. Hanna graduated from the United Nations International School in New York City, and from Tufts University (B.A. Sociology, 1993).  She received a law degree and an MBA from Georgetown University in 2001.  She is active in the Georgetown MBA Alumni Advisory Counsel, several charitable organizations, and also devotes time to pro bono activities.

Selected Publications

  • “The Asset Management Business and the Looming Specter of Increased Enforcement Scrutiny,” Investment Management Institute materials (February 2012) (with Barry P. Barbash).
  • “Strict and Stricter: The SEC’s Pursuit of Clawbacks and Control Persons Could Have Serious Consequences for Officers and Directors,” ABA Securities Fraud Institute materials (October 2010) (with Gregory S. Bruch).