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Sonia Eileen Fonticiella Rios

Criminal defense Attorney at North Little Rock, AR

4.2   5 reviews

also known as Sonia Eileen Fonticiella

  • State Years
    Arkansas - AR 12 years
    Arizona - AZ 14 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State AR
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2009
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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

About Sonia

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Sonia Eileen Fonticiella was raised in Paragould, Arkansas. Because most of her Cuban family lived in Miami, Florida she became an avid Florida State Seminole fan and attended the Florida State University where she received a Bachelors degree in English Literature and a Minor in Business.

After completing her undergraduate work, Sonia decided to return to Arkansas and began her law school career at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville where she earned her J.D. In 2008, Sonia moved to Phoenix, AZ where she attended the Sandra Day O'Conner College of Law at Arizona State University as a visiting student.

During law school, Sonia was very active in the student body and started the first Hispanic Student Bar Association at U of A, Fayetteville. She participated in negotiation, trial and moot court competitions. Sonia was also recognized for her participation in the 2008 Hispanic National Bar Associations Moot Court Competition. Through the Hispanic Student Bar Association, Sonia was able to reach out to the Hispanic community in Northwest Arkansas and was recognized with a Pro-Bono Service in the Community Award in April of 2008. Additionally, Sonia clerked at the Fayetteville City Prosecutor's Office where she gained invaluable criminal law experience. As a law clerk at the Law Office of Roy Petty, she gained a deep inside and knowledge into general immigration matters.

During her time at the Sandra Day O'Conner College of Law, she was accepted into the Immigration Law and Policy Clinic. There, she represented immigrant juveniles who had been abused, abandoned or neglected. After graduation, Sonia passed the Arizona and Arkansas bar and began working at Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite in the Document Control Division.

Upon moving back to Arkansas in August of 2011, Sonia began to pursue her dream of practicing in her own law firm. The doors of Fonticiella Law, PLLC opened in November of 2011 in El Dorado, Arkansas. In August of 2012, the office moved to Little Rock, Arkansas where Sonia now provides legal services to her clients in Central Arkansas.

Sonia practices in both federal and state court and is available for a free 30-minute consult with an appointment. 


Florida State University, B.A. 2006
University of Arkansas Leflar School of Law, J.D. 2009


Arkansas Bar Association

Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association 

Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers

Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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Fonticiella Law, PLLC
424 W. 4th St. Ste. A
North Little Rock, AR, 72114

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Posted by NaDean | June 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She won my freedom through divorce.
Thank you Sonia Eileen Fonticiella of Fonticiella Law!!! TWO lawyers who were supposedly ‘the best’ in their areas with over a combined 65 years of experience went before her and got exactly nothing accomplished in a YEAR during a contested divorce with no custody. Sonia took over and in two and a half months, got me everything I asked for: 1) Divorced. 2) No contact. 3) I got to keep all of my property. (I’m a real estate investor.) If you need a shark, she’s the one you call!
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Response from Sonia Rios June 27, 2018
It was a pleasure working with you. Thank you for the glowing review. -S-
Posted by Eric | March 11, 2015
Goes the extra mile!
I had heard of Sonia through business circles prior to retaining her services, but was unsure about the scope of her practice. Fortunately, I made a call to her office and was able to discuss my case with her and discovered that it was something she was very knowledgeable and experienced in handling. The title of my review is "Goes the extra mile!" and this truly describes my experience with her. I had spoken with a few other attorneys previously about my case; and was disappointed that all suggested/deferred that I locate records vital to my case on my own. This was a task that I was not comfortable undertaking. Sonia immediately took on the "fact finding" portion of my case and I was relieved knowing that a professional was handling it. From the outset, I was confident that my case would be given the due diligence needed to have a satisfactory outcome. Having this peace of mind throughout the process made the whole experience outstanding. Would I recommend Sonia to my family, friends, or business colleagues? ABSOLUTELY!
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Posted by David | March 11, 2015
Wonderful experience
I would recommend Sonia to all my friends and family. She is knowledgeable and has a great passion for her clients. She takes her time to understand your situation and I always feel she has my best interest at heart.
Posted by Reed | March 9, 2015
Very professional, trustworthy, and knowledgeable.
Working with Sonia has been great, she knows her stuff and is always professional and timely. I will absolutely recommend her to my friends and family.
Posted by Din | November 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bad attorney
Sonia was my attorney and she failed to follow procedure in court which led to me being sanctioned by the court. She then threw me under the bus with the court because she failed to carry out her duties as an attorney. She lied on my paperwork which has caused me to have to pay tens of thousands of dollars in fees and I only wanted custody of my daughter.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Fonticiella Rios Law Firm PLLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Document Control Group
  • Ryley Carlock & Applewhite
  • 2010 - 2011


  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Leflar Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Florida State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006


  • Pridecorp, Inc.
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Union County Bar Association
  • Law Day Chair/Board Member
  • 2011 - 2012

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish


Speaking Engagements

  • Informative Radio Show
  • Paternity/Child Support
  • 2015
  • Foro Informativo
  • DACA/DAPA Petitions and Family Law Issues
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (5)
Endorse Sonia
Family Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Sonia without hesitation for any family law matter."
Family Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Sonia. She is a passionate advocate for her clients. As opposing counsel, she is respectful and professional. She is a joy to work with."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I known Sonia for years both as a classmate and as a practicing attorney. She is exceptionally dedicated to all of her clients. I have referred clients to her in the past and would not hesitate to do so in the future; I know they will be in good hands."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sonia is a hardworking, intelligent attorney who always has her clients' best interests in mind. She fights for her clients, and for that reason I am happy to endorse her."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sonia is a terrific attorney. She is doing great things for her clients and the legal community in Arkansas. If I were in need of an attorney, I would not hesitate to hire Ms. Rios. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sonia is an excellent family law attorney, she is able to keep a cool head in the face of high emotions and is a fierce advocate for her clients. I highly recommend her and I look forward to working with her again."
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North Little Rock Criminal defense Lawyer Sonia Eileen Fonticiella Rios
Sonia Eileen Fonticiella Rios
Criminal defense Attorney
North Little Rock, AR
Licensed for 14 years