Sonya represents defendants in complex white collar investigations and prosecutions in federal court, individuals in corporate and government investigations, as well as criminal clients in high-profile, serious felony cases in state court. Sonya also represents indigent clients in a variety of federally appointed cases, and a number of pro bono clients in civil and criminal-related matters, including several declarants in the U.S. Department of Justice’s HB2 federal suit against the state of North Carolina and death row inmates in North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act litigation. She also represent plaintiffs in civil rights cases involving wrongful convictions.
Represented individual in international investigation led by U.S. Department of Justice into alleged mineral and natural resources fraud ring Represented individuals in U.S. Department of Justice Investigation into Duke Power coal ash accident Represented individual executive in U.S. Department of Justice investigation into alleged unfair and deceptive trade practices Represented healthcare executive in Medicaid fraud investigation by U.S. Department of Justice Represented small business owners in structuring investigation by U.S. Department of Justice Represented former town finance director in embezzlement investigation by U.S. Department of Justice Represented prominent national politician in campaign finance investigation by U.S. Department of Justice Represented campaign donor investigated for campaign finance violations by N.C. Attorney General
Service Award, North Carolina Advocates for Justice 2017 Ebbie Award, Citation of Excellence, North Carolina Advocates for Justice 2016 Top Verdicts of 2012 - North Carolina Lawyer's Weekly 2012 Service Award Mecklenburg County Public Defender's Office 2010 McMillan Fellowship, Mecklenburg County Bar Association 2006 Official Selection, San Francisco Short Film Festival - Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Social Justice 2007 Finalist, Race and Ethnicity Series, Columbia University 2000 1st place, Public Service Award, Long Island Press Club 1998 1st place, Investigative Series, NE Associated Press 1998 Best Investigative Special, Nebraska Broadcaster’s Association 1999
“History effort, Righteous results,” NCAJ Trial Briefs magazine, April 2017 “Holiday Hijinks in the Courtroom,” Mecklenburg Bar News, December 2016 Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Social Justice, Documentary film 2007
Partner, Rudolf Widenhouse, Charlotte, North Carolina (August 2012 – present) Associate, Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice, Charlotte, North Carolina (March 2010 – 2011) Assistant Public Defender, Mecklenburg County Public Defender, Charlotte, North Carolina (October 2007 – March 2010) Reporteranchor, WCVB-TV (ABC affiliate), Boston, Massachusetts (January 2004- December 2006) Investigative reporteranchor, WTVD-TV (ABC affiliate), Raleigh, North Carolina (December 2000-December 2003) Consumer-Investigative reporteranchor, WOWT-TV (NBC affiliate), Omaha, Nebraska (July 1998-November 2000) Special Projects reporterproducer and fill-in anchor, News 12 Long Island, Woodbury, New York (May 1997-June 1998) Field producershow writershow producer, WBIS+ and Wall Street Journal Television Dow Jones, New York, New York (May 1996 – May 1997) Freelance Field Producer and SoundtechEditor, Based in Paris, France (September 1995 – May 1996) International desk assistantovernight editor, CNN, Atlanta, Georgia (May 1995 – September 1995)