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Sonya Lisa Smallets

Employment and labor Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   1 review
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2003
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Minnis & Smallets LLP
369 Pine Street.
Suite 500
San Francisco, CA, 94104

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Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2014
Trust worthy, Responsive, Knowledgable, Kept me informed (All checked)
Sonya Smallets is an amazing lawyer! She is an expert in her line of work and knows how to communicate very well. She explains the details of the process in an easy to understand way. She took the time to answer all of the (many) questions I had. This made an otherwise stressful process a little less daunting. I trust her judgement and her as an individual. She is very easy to work. Most importantly, she gets the job done!
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Minnis & Smallets LLP
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate
  • Lawless & Lawless
  • 2004 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • Northern District of California, Judge Claudia Wilken
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Law Clerk
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Sydney Thomas
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Law Clerk
  • Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & True, LLP
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Law Clerk
  • Fair Employment & Housing Commission
  • 1999 - 1999
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  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Swarthmore College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996


  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member of Legislative Committee
  • N/A
  • Alameda County Bar Association Labor and Employment Section
  • Executive Committee Secretary
  • N/A
  • Plaintiffs Employment Lawyers Association
  • Executive Committee
  • N/A
  • Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center
  • Workers' Rights Clinic Volunteer Attorney
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
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  • California Employment Law Reporter
  • Disability Discrimination Under the FEHA
  • 2001
  • California Employment Law Reporter
  • The Current State of California Retaliation Law: A Plaintiff's Perspective
  • 2000
  • Berkeley Women's Law Journal
  • Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services: A Victory for Gay and Lesbian Rights?
  • 1999

Speaking Engagements

  • San Mateo County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Litigating a Sexual Harassment Case: The Plaintiff's Perspective
  • 2015
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Employment Issues Facing Clients with HIV/AIDS
  • 2014
  • Alameda County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Complex Leave Laws Applicable to California Employees
  • 2014
  • Bar Association of San Francisco Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • MSJ From All Angles: Summary Judgment in CA Employment Cases
  • 2013
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Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sonya is incredibly intelligent and thoughtful. She has a deep understanding of employment law issues and her legal analysis skills are unparalleled. Beyond that, she is a wonderful person. Her concern for her clients and passion for her work really shines through."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Wrongful termination Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known Sonya personally for several years and also by her reputation in the Bay Area community of plaintiff's employment attorneys. She's brilliant and clearly loves her work. I'd recommend Sonya to anyone in a heartbeat."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sonya is kick- ass! She insanely brilliant and knows something after only reading it once. That type of gift is quite rare and very valuable in our profession. She approachable, yet, knows what she's there to do. If i had to hire a lawyer myself, i'd hire her."
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San Francisco Employment and labor Lawyer Sonya Lisa Smallets
Sonya Lisa Smallets
Employment and labor Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 20 years