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Sonya Lisa Smallets

Sonya Lisa Smallets

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor

Practice Areas

Licensed since 2003

  1. Employment & Labor: 100%
    11 years

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • John Fisher

    I endorse this lawyer.


    John Fisher Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Cassie Marie Springer Ayeni

    I endorse Sonya Smallets and her partner, Aaron Minnis, wholeheartedly. I have co-counseled with Sonya and Aaron and find them to be extremely knowledgeable, responsive, and excellent communicators. Clients are in good hands with this firm.


    Cassie Springer Ayeni Employee Benefits Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Minnis & Smallets LLP

369 Pine Street.
Suite. 500
San Francisco, CA, 94104




Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerMinnis & Smallets LLP2012 - Present
AssociateLawless & Lawless2004 - 2012
Law ClerkNorthern District of California, Judge Claudia Wilken2002 - 2004
Law ClerkNinth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Sydney Thomas2001 - 2002
Law ClerkRudy, Exelrod, Zieff & True, LLP2000 - 2000
Law ClerkFair Employment & Housing Commission1999 - 1999


Association NamePosition NameDuration
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMember of Legislative CommitteeN/A
Alameda County Bar Association Labor and Employment SectionExecutive Committee SecretaryN/A
Plaintiffs Employment Lawyers AssociationExecutive CommitteeN/A


Publication NameTitleDate
California Employment Law ReporterDisability Discrimination Under the FEHA2001
California Employment Law ReporterThe Current State of California Retaliation Law: A Plaintiff's Perspective2000
Berkeley Women's Law JournalOncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services: A Victory for Gay and Lesbian Rights?1999


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Swarthmore CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1996

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
AIDS Legal Referral Panel Continuing Legal Education SeminarEmployment Issues Facing Clients with HIV/AIDS2014
ACBA Continuing Legal Education SeminarComplex Leave Laws Applicable to California Employees2014
BASF Continuing Legal Education SeminarMSJ From All Angles: Summary Judgment in CA Employment Cases2013