Areas of Practice
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1989, magna cum laude
  • Harvard College, A.B., 1983, magna cum laude
Judicial Clerkships
  • Hon. Michael Boudin, US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit of Boston
Bar & Court Admissions
  • New York

Sandra Cavazos

Of Counsel
1114 Avenue of the Americas
New York NY 10036
TEL: +1 212 506 3948
FAX: +1 212 506 3950

Sandra Cavazos is of counsel in Steptoe's New York office, where she is a member of the Litigation Department.  She represents clients in complex civil and criminal litigation matters, and heads the nationwide motions practice for a major American corporation litigating asbestos mass tort cases.

After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, Ms. Cavazos was selected by US District Court Judge William Hoeveler, of the Southern District of Florida, to serve as his law clerk for the prosecution and trial of deposed Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega. She worked on the Noriega case for two years, during which time she dealt with complex issues involving international law and US jurisdiction, classified information procedures, and First Amendment press issues.

Ms. Cavazos then served in the US Justice Department under the Clinton Administration as a Special Assistant to Deputy Attorney Generals Philip Heymann and Jamie Gorelick, where she worked on the Justice Department's internal investigation of the FBI siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. From there, she prosecuted white-collar criminal cases as an Assistant US Attorney in the US Attorney's Office for both the North District of California and the Eastern District of New York.

Immediately before joining Steptoe, she worked as an appellate lawyer in the Manhattan District Attorney's office under Robert Morgenthau, where she was responsible for handling appeals and habeas corpus litigation in state and federal court, reviewing applications for eavesdropping and electronic surveillance, and advising trial attorneys on legal issues.

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Professional Affiliations

  • Criminal Justice Act Panel, US District Court for the Southern District of New York