Sandra M. Hanna represents public companies, regulated entities, boards of directors, audit committees, auditors, and individuals in investigations and proceedings by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, PCAOB, FINRA, and various other state and federal agencies. Ms. Hanna has significant experience working as the independent corporate monitor, or counsel to the monitor, in connection with settled enforcement matters with the DOJ and SEC. She also routinely provides regulatory and compliance advice to SEC registrants.
Ms. Hanna is recognized as a nationwide leader in securities enforcement matters. Chambers USA (2014 – 2020) has described her as “a terrific, incredibly smart and experienced SEC lawyer” and “an expert in her field: thoughtful, tenacious and dedicated to client service.” Securities Docket has recognized her on its “Enforcement 40” list of “the best and brightest securities defense lawyers,” and The Best Lawyers in America® has recommended her as a leading attorney in the area of Securities Regulation since 2016. Ms. Hanna previously served as the Co-Chair of the DC Bar Committee on SEC Enforcement and is a regular speaker at industry conferences concerning government enforcement matters and corporate governance issues.
Prior to co-founding the firm, Ms. Hanna worked at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Foley & Lardner, and Morrison Foerster. Ms. Hanna also worked in the Summer Honors Program in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement. Prior to attending law school and business school, she managed the professional careers of a number of Grammy Award-winning musicians.
Ms. Hanna grew up in New York City and attended the United Nations International School. She graduated from Tufts University in 1993, and earned a law degree and an MBA from Georgetown University in 2001. Ms. Hanna remains active in several charitable organizations, and also devotes significant time to pro bono activities.