Saidah A. Grimes


New York
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Saidah Grimes has an in-depth legal background that includes complex civil litigation, data breach response and litigation, antitrust litigation and complex commercial litigation. Beginning her career executing the myriad of details involved in real estate financing and transactions, Saidah's experience has grown to encompass managing discovery teams, drafting memoranda and appellate briefs, preparing witnesses for deposition, handling risk assessments and analyses and collaborating with government agencies.

Saidah works on a variety of litigation matters in connection with BakerHostetler’s role as counsel to the court-appointed Trustee under the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) in the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, an unprecedented effort involving hundreds of actions in the recovery of billions of investor dollars.

Recognitions and Memberships


  • New York Super Lawyers: "Rising Star" (2017 and 2019)
  • The National Black Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 (2017)


  • Alliance of Black Women Attorneys
    • Young Lawyers Division
      • Chair (2019)
  • Black BigLaw Pipeline (BBP)

Pro Bono

  • Lead brief writing and argue motion for compassionate release before EDNY, resulting in life sentence commuted to 35 years and securing immediate release.
  • Represent Spanish-speaking clients in asylum and special immigrant juvenile status cases.
  • Draft wills, powers of attorney and health care proxies for first responders.
  • Represent special needs children in creating individualized education plans.


  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • Maryland
  • [New York Bar admission pending]


  • J.D., University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, 2014, cum laude; Journal of Health Care Law & Policy Technology, Editor
  • B.S.B.A., University of South Carolina, 2011, magna cum laude


  • Portuguese
  • Spanish