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Sonya Margaret Rudenstine

Sonya Margaret Rudenstine

also known as Sonya Rudenstine

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About Me

Immediately following her graduation from N.Y.U. School of Law, Ms. Rudenstine served as the "Death Penalty Clerk" for the New Jersey Supreme Court, where she wrote Bench Memos for the Court on upcoming death penalty cases. She then moved to Montgomery, Alabama, where she worked as a staff attorney for the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit organization committed to the representation of death row inmates on appeal and in postconviction proceedings. From Alabama, Ms. Rudenstine moved to Durham, NC, where she did similar work at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation before following her partner to Gainesville in 2003. She  taught criminal law for two years at the University of Florida and Florida Coastal School of Law and then opened her own criminal appellate practice in August 2006. She practices in Florida appellate courts, Federal district courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Ms. Rudenstine currently is expanding her practice to include Title IX sports related lawsuits.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1999

  1. Appeals: 100%
    17 years



Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Norman Adam Tebrugge

    I endorse this lawyer. Sonya is one of the best and I frequently ask her for advice.


    Norman Tebrugge Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • John Douglas Whitaker

    I endorse this lawyer.


    John Whitaker DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

2531 NW 41st St.
Suite E
Gainesville, FL, 32606


FLMember in Good Standing200405/07/2015
ALAuthorized to practice law199909/14/2009

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Legal Elite, Appellate PracticeFlorida Trend Magazine2010
President's AwardFlorida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2008
Gary Moncrieffe AwardN.Y.U. School of Law1998

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerSonya Rudenstine, Attorney at Law2006 - Present

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Federal Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersCo-Chair, Amicus Committee2004 - Present
Florida State BarMember2004 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember, Indigent Defense Committee2003 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Alabama State Bar (inactive)Member1999 - Present

Publication NameTitleDate
Juris Publishing“Appeal and Post Conviction Review,” in Linda Friedman Ramirez, ed., Cultural Issues in Criminal Defense (3d ed.)2010
The Defender, Vol. 20, No. 1 (Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers)“Petition for Quo Warranto Succeeds in Second Judicial Circuit”2008
12 Clin. L. Rev. 143With Ty Alper. “The Briseno Dilemma,” in Ty Alper, Anthony G. Amsterdam, Todd Edelman, Randy Hertz, Rachel Shapiro Janger, Jennifer McAllister-Nevins, Sonya Rudenstine & Robin Walker-Sterling, Stories Told and Untold: Lawyering Theory Analyses of the First Rodney King Assault Trial2005

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Stanford UniversityPolitical ScienceB.A.1992