Sonia A. Montalbano

Areas of Practice: Employment and Business Law; General Litigation

For over 20 years Sonia Montalbano has counseled individuals and companies of all sizes in the areas of employment and business law, with an emphasis on litigation.  By representing both employers and employees, she has the advantage of knowing how the other side thinks about a matter, allowing her to minimize exposure to unnecessary and unwanted problems.  Sonia counsels clients on all aspects of their businesses, such as: conducting investigations into employee misconduct, including sexual harassment; employment issues such as non-competition and trade secret agreements, severance packages, wage disputes, and handbook policies.  She conducts on site trainings which can be tailored to fit the client’s needs. These trainings include how to properly conduct a sexual harassment investigation. She also counsels clients on contract negotiations and entity formation. She has both litigated and testified as an expert witness on the matter of attorney fees.

Originally from New York, Sonia graduated magna cum laude from Hunter College, C.U.N.Y.  She earned her J.D. from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College.  She is licensed to practice in Oregon and Washington, and regularly appears in both state and federal courts.  Sonia is currently a Member of the Oregon State Bar House of Delegates, the Multnomah Bar Association, Oregon Women Lawyers, and is the President-elect of the Gus J. Solomon Inn of Court.  She has previously served as Bar Counsel to the Oregon State Bar, and serves as an arbitrator in Multnomah County’s Court Mandated Arbitration Program. She holds an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, the leading lawyer evaluation service in the nation.

Sonia frequently performs as an auctioneer and emcee for a variety of non-profit organizations, and has helped to raise over 1.5 million dollars for charity.