Eliana Sands


New York


New York - Manhattan

40 Exchange Place

New York, NY 10005

Practice Areas

General Litigation


Throughout her professional career, Eliana dedicated her legal efforts to the pursuit of civil rights and criminal justice reform through oral and written advocacy. She previously worked for Prisoner’s Legal Services of New York, the New York Civil Liberties Union, and was an
extern for the Honorable Anne J. Swern, presiding over the Criminal Court of the City of New York in New York County.

At Brooklyn Law School, Eliana spent two years immersed in the Pardons and Clemency Clinic, where she filed both state and federal pardons on behalf of clients at risk of deportation. Her efforts culminated in the successful pardon and grant of clemency for her client, in the state of Connecticut, on June 7, 2023. During law school, Eliana competed for the renowned Brooklyn Law School Moot Court Honor Society as a national team member and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Honor Society, where she won the Best Advocate Award.

Upon graduation from law school, Eliana was granted the New York City Trial Lawyers Alliance Prize for Excellence in Trial Skills. As both a research assistant and teaching assistant for Civil Procedure and Evidence, Eliana looks forward to applying her academic knowledge and practical experience to civil litigation at Kiernan Trebach.

Court Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Notable Matters

  • Granted full and unconditional pardon on behalf of client in the state of Connecticut.
  • Recipient of the New York City Trial Lawyers Alliance Prize for Excellence in Trial Skills.
  • Made oral arguments in state court and won monetary judgment for client.


  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2023, Cum Laude
  • Columbia University Graduate School, M.A. in Political Science, 2019, Magna Cum Laude
  • Relay Graduate School of Education, 2018
  • The George Washington University, B.A. in Political Science, 2017, Summa Cum Laude

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association