As a former corporate attorney for a Fortune 100 company with extensive litigation experience, Sonni is uniquely qualified to provide clients with practical, creative and sound legal advice compatible with today's business environment. She advises companies on employment discrimination matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), related state agencies and before state and federal courts. She represents employers regarding numerous regulatory issues, wage and hour laws, restrictive covenant agreements, reductions in force, and public policy discharge matters. In alternative dispute resolutions, Sonni has achieved significant favorable outcomes.
Sonni's experience also extends to representing employers in collective bargaining, arbitrations, union avoidance techniques, corporate campaigns, positive employee relations training and matters before the National Labor Relations Board. She is a member of the firm's Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team.
Before joining the firm, Sonni was associate general counsel for Express Scripts Inc. in St. Louis. She was responsible for daily legal advice in all areas of labor and employment law, proactive strategy and training, compliance, litigation strategy, handling of EEOC matters, development of human resources policies and audit tools, budget management, selection, and oversight of outside law firms. Previously, she worked as employee relations counsel for Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. (now RockTenn) in St. Louis, where she provided labor and employment counseling for 26 manufacturing facilities across the United States, including conducting all collective bargaining and defending EEOC matters.
Obtained defense verdict in jury trial where plaintiff alleged discrimination and retaliation claims against her supervisor. Judge also awarded defendant $100,000 in attorneys' fees.
•Obtained favorable verdict for client to receive investment money after withdrawal from his limited liability company.
•Achieved favorable results in trade secrets case against former employees who set up competing business.
•Defeated multiple discrimination cases for Fortune 100 healthcare company by obtaining summary judgment.
•Obtained favorable outcome for large pharmacy benefit management company in union corporate campaign where union sought to block the company from moving operations to different state.
•Represented companies in concession bargaining with unions.
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