Sonia M. Rodriguez is a native of San Antonio. She graduated from Burbank High School then completed undergraduate studies at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. In 1999, Sonia received a Juris Doctorate degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law, in San Antonio, Texas, where she served as an editor and a co-founder of The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Minority Issues. Since then, Sonia has represented individuals and families who have been injured or have lost loved ones due to the negligence of others. Sonia’s commitment to serving her community through honest and fair legal representation was inspired by her father, a passionate labor organizer and her mother, a hard-working and loyal former paralegal.
Sonia has represented only plaintiffs for nearly 20 years. She practices in the areas of personal injury trial and appellate law. She is licensed by the State Bar of Texas and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and each of the U.S. District Courts in Texas.
Sonia is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell. This exemplifies the highest peer rating standard. This rating signifies that a large number of Sonia’s peers rank her at the highest level of professional excellence for her legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.
Sonia is a Sustaining Member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) and serves on TTLA’s Finance Committee. She is also a Past-President of the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association (SATLA). Sonia has served on the Litigation Council of the State Bar of Texas, the State Bar’s Committee of Pattern Jury Charges (Malpractice – Premises – Products) and is a member of various local bar associations.
In 2004, she became the first Mexican American woman to obtain a verdict in excess of $2 Million in Val Verde County, Texas. In 2005, and again in 2006, she was named a “Texas Rising Star” by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics. “Rising Stars” are chosen by their peers as being among the top up-and-coming lawyers (40 years old or younger, or in practice 10 years or less) in the state. Only 2.5 percent of Texas attorneys receive this honor each year. Sonia is regularly nominated by her peers as among the “Best Lawyers in San Antonio,” as published in SA Scene Magazine.
Beyond the practice of law, Sonia has provided unwavering support to a number of important civic and community causes. Sonia currently serves as an advisor to the Young Women’s Leadership Academy and she serves on the Board of the SAISD Foundation. For nearly 10 years, Sonia served as Chairwoman of the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women in San Antonio, having been appointed by Mayor Phil Hardberger to the Commission in 2005, and re-appointed by Mayor Julian Castro in 2009. In 2010, Sonia served as a Tri-Chair of Julian Castro’s master plan for re-envisioning the future of San Antonio: SA2020. Today, Sonia serves on the Board of SA2020, Inc., the non-profit committed to data-driven community engagement in San Antonio.
Areas of Practice – Personal Injury, Trial and Appellate Law
Bar Admissions – Texas, U.S. District Court (Eastern District of Texas), U.S. District Court (Southern District of Texas), U.S District Court (Western District of Texas), U.S. District Court (Northern District of Texas), United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, United States Supreme Court
Education – St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas (Juris Doctorate – 1999, Law Review: The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Minority Issues, Editor and Co-founder) University of North Texas, Denton, Texas (B.A. – 1995, Major: Political Science)
Honors and Awards – Texas Rising Star, Texas Monthly and Law & Politics, 2005 – 2006; Induction San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame (Law 2009); Distinguished Young Alumna, St. Mary’s University School of Law (2010); Rising Star, San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce (2013); SAISD Foundation Inspire Award (Leadership 2013); Reich Chandler Outstanding Advocate, TTLA (2015); Pat Maloney, Sr. Courage Award, SATLA (2016)
Professional Associations and Memberships – American Association of Justice, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association, Bexar County Women’s Bar Association, San Antonio Bar Association, Mexican American Bar Association
Pro Bono Activities – Young Women’s Leadership Academy (Board of Advisors); SA2020, Inc. (Executive Committee); SAISD Foundation (Executive Committee).
RECENT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
January 18, 2019
Litigation Update Institute
“Improving the Juror’s Experience” panel
San Antonio, Texas
August 24, 2018
Texas Women Rainmakers 4th Annual CLE
“Presenting Your Client’s Best Case in Mediation”
November 10, 2018
San Antonio CityFest
“Gender, Power and Leadership”
San Antonio, Texas
November 14, 2018
St. Mary’s University Law School
“Ethics and Justice”
San Antonio, Texas