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Sandra Hanna leads the firm's Securities Enforcement practice. She represents public companies, regulated entities, boards of directors, audit committees, auditors, and individuals in investigations and proceedings by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and various other federal and international law enforcement agencies, including those where the matter was initiated by purported whistleblower allegations. Ms. Hanna also has significant experience leading SEC- and DOJ-appointed Independent Corporate Monitor teams, or as appointed counsel to the Monitor, in connection with settled SEC enforcement matters and DOJ Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPA).

Ms. Hanna is recognized as a nationwide leader in securities enforcement matters. She has been continuously ranked by Chambers USA for Securities Enforcement since 2014. Chambers USA describes her as "a terrific, incredibly smart, and experienced SEC lawyer" and "an expert in her field: thoughtful, tenacious, and dedicated to client service." Best Lawyers in America® named her as a "Lawyer of the Year" for securities enforcement matters in 2022 and 2024 and has continuously recommended her as a leading enforcement attorney since 2016. Securities Docket also named her to its "Enforcement 40" list of "the best and brightest securities defense lawyers." Ms. Hanna serves on the Law360 Securities Editorial Advisory Board and previously served as the Co-Chair of the DC Bar subcommittee on Securities Enforcement. She is a regular speaker at industry conferences and is routinely quoted in the press on enforcement matters.

Prior to joining Miller & Chevalier, Ms. Hanna spent nine years at a premier Chambers-ranked SEC enforcement boutique law firm, which she co-founded. She previously spent six years at Willkie Farr & Gallagher and several years at two other international law firms. During law school, she 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 several Grammy Award-winning musicians.

Ms. Hanna grew up in New York City and attended the United Nations International School. She remains active in several charitable organizations and devotes significant time to pro bono activities and diversity-related commitments.

Government Experience
  • Summer Honors Program, Division of Enforcement, SEC, 1999
Rankings and Recognition
  • Chambers USA: Securities: Regulation: Enforcement (Nationwide), 2014 - 2023
  • Securities Docket: "Enforcement 40," 2020
  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers®: Securities Litigation, 2018 - 2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Securities Regulation, 2016 - 2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Litigation - Securities, 2018 - 2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Securities Regulation "Lawyer of the Year," 2022, 2024
  • Member, Law360 2023 Securities Editorial Advisory Board
  • Former Co-Chair, Subcommittee on Securities Enforcement, DC Bar
State Admissions
  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
News and Events
Internal Publication

Executives at Risk: Winter 2023-2024

Internal Publication

Executives at Risk: Summer 2023

Internal Publication

Executives at Risk: Winter 2022/2023