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Best Best & Krieger LLP Partner Sonia Carvalho was recognized on the Top Women Lawyers for 2021 by the Daily Journal. Sonia’s city attorney work and role as a firm diversity leader earned her a place on the prestigious legal publication’s annual list of the California women who are “top in the field.”
Sonia serves as city attorney for some of California’s largest cities and as special counsel to other public agencies. Recently, she’s assisted her city clients with a number of critical issues, from COVID-19 governance, shutdown orders and funding to homeless solutions. In an interview with the Daily Journal, she discussed a program she provided legal guidance on that involved using $28 million in CARES Act funding to provide rental assistance in Santa Ana – a win for both landlords and tenants. “It was overwhelmingly successful and popular and a great way to build community,” she told the newspaper.
Sonia also discussed with the newspaper her experience as one of the first Latina attorneys at BB&K and one of the first minority women to make partner. She is now a co-chair on the firm’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee. “I’ve reached the point in my career where I feel it is our responsibility as a firm to be reflective of the communities we serve as clients,” she said.
To read the entire article in the Daily Journal, click here (subscription required).


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