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Sonia Montalbano specializes in the areas of employment and business law, with an emphasis on litigation.  She assists clients in learning the risks that are associated with their particular business, as well as the day-to-day operations of any organization.  Ms. Montalbano advises clients on issues such as choice of entity, lease negotiations, contracts, and employment issues, including employment contracts, policies, non-competition agreements, severance agreements and wage disputes.  She represents both employers and employees in employment related disputes.  While she works with clients in a wide variety of industries, Ms. Montalbano represents a growing number of restaurants, brew pubs, wine shops and wine importers.  She has also testified as an expert witness on a number of occasions on the issue of attorney fees in attorney fee disputes


Practice areas


  1. Business: 30%
    19 years, 200 cases
  2. Employment: 30%
    19 years, 200 cases
  3. Contracts: 30%
    19 years, 200 cases
  4. DUI & DWI: 10%
    17 years, 50 cases


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Keith Brenton Walker

    Sonia is an astute attorney who provides excellent representation with an eye towards costs. She is adept at problem-solving while keeping the big picture in mind, very professional in her relationships with opposing counsel, and efficient with respect to guiding matters -- whether litigation-related or otherwise -- through to resolution.


    Keith Walker Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Lake James H Perriguey

    High recommendation. Ms. Montalbano is a dedicated, creative, and passionate advocate and counselor. She is fearless and poised during court appearances and public speaking.


    Lake James Perriguey Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

707 SW Washington St Ste 1500
Portland, OR, 97205

Elliott, Ostrander & Preston, P.C.

707 SW Washington St
Suite 1500
Portland, OR, 97205



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Commendation for Pro Bono ServicesWashington State Bar Association2010
Attorney of the YearPortland Rugby Football Club2009
MemberCornelius Honor Society - Lewis & Clark Law School1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyElliott, Ostrander & Preston, P.C.2006 - Present
Sole PractitionerSonia Montalbano, Attorney at Law2002 - 2006
AttorneyCobb, Bosse & Montalbano2001 - 2002
AttorneyCobb & Woodworth1997 - 2001
Assistant AgentCreative Artists Agency - Los Angeles, CA1992 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon Association of Defense CounselMember2014 - Present
Gus J. Solomon American Inn of CourtExecutive Committee2008 - Present
Campaign for Equal JusticeMamber/Mid Sized Firm Committee2006 - Present
Oregon Women Lawyers AssociationMember1999 - Present
Multnomah Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationGuardian/Member1999 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Pfeiffer v. Mortenson, Relin, Penguin Publishing and CAIDismissed with prejudice
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
City University of New York, Hunter CollegePhilosophy/PsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Ides of OregonRight to a Jury Trial Under the Oregon Constitution2011
Jury Trials in OregonJury Trials in Oregon as Illustrated by the Film "12 Angry Men"2009
OCDLA Annual CLECivil Jury Trials2008