Sandra Dawn Grannum



Sandra Dawn Grannum, a former in-house Wall Street counsel, ensures that representation of financial and securities industry clients includes careful evaluation of litigation exposure, reputational risk and budgetary concerns. Sandy concentrates on the securities industry, including broker-dealer arbitration, litigation, mediation and regulatory defense. A Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, Sandy has tried more than 60 arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). She has also tried arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and JAMs, has handled appeals before the National Adjudicatory Council (NAC), and tries cases and argues appeals in state and federal courts. A recognized leader, Sandy serves on the firm’s governing board, co-chairs the firm’s nationwide securities and financial services litigation practice group, and has been honored for her efforts to promote diversity in the profession and to advance the professional development of other female lawyers.

Business and Securities Litigation

Clients turn to Sandy for complex securities litigation, including shareholder clawback, takeover and business judgment rule litigations. She represents broker-dealers, investment advisers, insurance companies and hedge funds in arbitrations, administrative law proceedings and mediation and defends and prosecutes cases in federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels.

Sandy also has a robust commercial litigation and single-plaintiff employment claims practice and frequently investigates employee complaints of discrimination, harassment and retaliation as well as whistleblower complaints. She frequently represents corporate clients in federal courts across the country and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as well as before state divisions and commissions of human rights.

Regulatory Compliance

In an ever-changing regulatory environment, Sandy guides clients through compliance, policies and procedures and is a leader of the firm’s regulation best interest compliance team, a multipractice group that assists financial services firms in complying with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) sweeping rule. She represents clients in reviews, interviews and investigations by the SEC, the Department of Justice, state securities and insurance regulators, and self-regulatory bodies and also represents them in any resulting disciplinary hearings, trials and appeals.

Sandy Grannum Discusses Career Growth, COVID-19 and Market Volatility With Capital Forensics
Sandy Grannum Discusses Career Growth, COVID-19 and Market Volatility With Capital Forensics


Bar Admissions

New Jersey
New York

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York


Harvard Law School

New York University

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association — Securities Litigation Committee (Co-Chair of the Arbitration Sub-Committee)
  • New York State Bar Association
  • PLI, Securities Arbitration Seminar in New York — Chair, 2012-present

Civic Activities

  • Rockland Economic Development Corporation — Member of the Board, 2004-17, Chair, 2013-16
  • Bon Secours Charities — Member of the Board, 2011-present, Chair of the Audit Committee

Firm Leadership

  • Board Member
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP — Managing Partner, 2018-20; Co-Chair, Commercial Litigation Team, 2017-20


  • Chambers USA  — New Jersey, Litigation: Securities, 2022
  • Savoy Magazine —  Most Influential Black Lawyers, 2022
  • New Jersey Law Journal — Unsung Hero, 2021
  • The National Black Lawyers Top 100
  • American College of Trial Lawyers — Fellow, 2020 
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section — 100 Women Who Inspire Us, 2019
  • New York State Bar Association — Kay Crawford Murray Award, 2019
  • The Network Journal — 25 Influential Black Women in Business Award, 2019
  • NOAH NY — Distinguished Service Award

Awards Methodology

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