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Christina Marie Bruner

Christina Marie Bruner

also known as Christina Sonsire, Christina Bruner Sonsire

Practice areas:

Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Slip and Fall Accident, Car Accidents, Brain Injury

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About Me

I graduated from Georgetown University in 1998, earning dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Classics and International Relations and studying International Economics abroad at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Christina played on the Georgetown Women's Soccer Team where she was a four-time All Big-East Academic Scholar and served as the team's captain during her junior and senior years. A prolific scorer, Christina still holds Georgetown's records for the most career goals and assists.


 


After graduating from Georgetown, I joined Americorps' National Civilian Community Corps, a volunteer program often referred to as the "domestic Peace Corps." Serving in the NCCC for nearly three years and performing over 6,500 hours of community service, I had an opportunity to travel the country and work with a myriad of organizations including Habitat for Humanity in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Branson, Missouri, the Colorado Division of Wildlife in Fruita, Colorado, the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Eastern North Carolina, Rails-to-Trails in St. Louis, Missouri, Texas Disaster Response in Cuero, Texas, Excelsior Juvenile Delinquent Services in Aurora, Colorado, and the Police Activities League in Star, Texas.


 


I moved to Missoula, Montana after graduating from the NCCC and soon found myself enrolled in the University of Montana's School of Law. At the U of M I received the prestigious Thomas A. & Elizabeth C. Colton and the Dorothy Ann Allen Hatfield Scholarships and was a member of the school's highly selective Moot Court team where I was a Moot Court National finalist and was named a "Best Oralist" in the Western Region. I was fortunate to have an opportunity to participate in the International Conference for Indigenous People at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland in 2002 and worked in the law school's Indian Law Clinic where I offered free legal services to Montana's Indian tribes.


 


I began my legal career at the Chemung County District Attorney's Office as an Assistant District Attorney. A felony prosecutor, I specialized in violent crimes against women and children and worked closely with Chemung County's Child Advocacy Center to insure the rights of victims were respected and the needs of families were met. I took a brief leave during my tenure at the District Attorney's Office to work at Davidson and O'Mara, P.C., where I practiced personal injury and municipal defense, gaining valuable experience.  I has extensive courtroom trial experience and has successfully argued before New York's Court of Appeals for the Third Department.


 


Christina live in Elmira with my fiancé, Damian Sonsire, a Chemung County Assistant District Attorney. I is a member of the Notre Dame High School and Arctic League Boards of Directors and am a head coach of Notre Dame's Mock Trial Team. In my spare time I enjoy running with the Finger Lakes Runners Club, riding her snowboard and hiking on the many trails running through the Southern Tier. To read my race reports in the Finger Lakes Runners Club's newsletter go to http://www.fingerlakesrunners.org/newsletter/2007/May/May2007.pdf (Boston report,) and http://www.fingerlakesrunners.org/newsletter/2007/December/Dec2007.pdf (Philadelphia report.)

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2005

  1. Medical Malpractice: 40%
    8 years, 8 cases
  2. Wrongful Death: 20%
    8 years, 4 cases
  3. Car Accidents: 15%
    8 years, 10 cases
  4. Slip and Fall Accident: 15%
    8 years, 10 cases
  5. Brain Injury: 10%
    8 years, 2 cases

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (10-33%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Joseph M. Lichtenstein

    Christina is an absolutely terrific lawyer. She is extremely hardworking and caring for her clients. She also has exceptional talent in the courtroom. I have seen her achieve verdicts that very few lawyers could have ever achieved. I could not recommend her more wholeheartedly.

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    Joseph Lichtenstein Medical Malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • James B. Reed

    Christina is an extraordinarily hard-working, tough and intelligent trial lawyer. I have been a trial lawyer in this area for almost 25 years and I can honestly say that I didn't hesitate for a minute in hiring Christina away from the DA's office and another law firm. Awesome lawyers don't come along every day and I am thankful every day that I had the good sense to hire her!

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    James Reed Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

Contact Info

Ziff Law Firm

303 William Street
Elmira, NY, 14901-2829

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYCurrently registered 200503/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Jefferson Award for Public ServiceCorning Incorporated and WETM TV2007
National Moot Court FinalistN/A2004

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AssociateZiff Law Firm2008 - Present
Assistant District AttorneyChemung County District Attorney's Office2007 - 2008
AssociateDavidson & O'Mara, PC2006 - 2007
Assistant District AttorneyChemung County District Attorney's Office2004 - 2006

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Notre Dame High School Board of DirectorsMember2007 - Present
Arctic League Board of DirectorsAssistant Secretary2007 - Present
CIty of Elmira Planning CommissionVice-Chairperson2006 - 2008
New York Road RunnersMember2006 - Present
Notre Dame High School Advancement CommitteeMember2006 - Present
Outstanding Educator CommiteeMember2006 - Present
Wineglass Runners ClubMember2005 - Present
Finger Lakes Runners ClubMember2005 - Present
Notre Dame High School Mock Trial TeamHead Coach2005 - Present
Chemung County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
New York Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Montana School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Georgetown UniversityClassics, International RelationsDual Bacholor of Arts Degrees1998

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Commencement SpeakerHigh School Graduation2006