Neal R. Sonnett

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Assistant United States Attorney, Southern District of Florida, 1967-1972. Chief, Criminal Division, United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida, 1971-1972. Special Assistant United States Attorney: Middle District of Florida, 1969; District of Puerto Rico, 1969. Partner: Bierman, Sonnett, Shohat & Sale, P.A., Miami, FL, 1972-1987; Sonnett Sale & Kuehne, P.A., Miami, FL, 1987-1993; Neal R. Sonnett, P.A., Miami, FL, 1993—. Lecturer in Law, Immigration and Nationality, 1976-1982. Adjunct Professor of Law, Advanced Federal Criminal Procedure, University of Miami School of Law, 1983-1988. Listed: Best Lawyers In America (Criminal Defense), 1983—; Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2011; AVVO-Rated 10.0 (Superb); Leading Lawyers for Business (White Collar Crime), Chambers and Partners, 2004-2010; International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (Business Crime), 2003-2010; Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine, 2006-2011. "100 Most Influential Lawyers In America," The National Law Journal, 1988, 1991, 1994; Nation's Top White Collar Experts, The National Law Journal, 1991; Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell. Recipient: ABA John H. Pickering Award of Achievement, 2008; University of Miami School of Law Alumnus of Distinction Award, 2007; Fellows of the American Bar Foundation Outstanding Service Award, 2007; Florida Bar Criminal Law Section Selig Goldin Memorial Award, 2005; ACLU of Greater Miami Stanley Milledge Award, 2005; Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers-Miami Founder's Award, 2005; ABA Criminal Justice Section Charles R. English Memorial Award, 2001; Stetson College of Law Wm. Reece Smith Award for Public Service, 1997; Anti-Defamation League Jurisprudence Award, 1993; Florida Bar Foundation Medal Of Honor for Dedicated Service In Improving The Administration Of Justice, 1989; NACDL Robert Heeney Memorial Award for Service, 1989. President, University of Miami Law Alumni Association, 1978-1979. Board of Advisors, UM School of Law Center for Ethics and Public Service, 2006—; ALI-ABA Criminal Law Advisory Panel, 2006-2007; Editorial Advisory Board, National Law Journal, 2004—; Editorial Board Of Advisors, Money Laundering Alert, 2002—2008; Advisory Board, National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition, 1990—. Vice-Chair, Florida Regional Board, Anti- Defamation League, 1996-2007. Chair, Dade County Independent Review Panel, 1981-1984.

The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (Life Fellow).

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Criminal Law
  • Grand Jury Practice
  • Post Conviction Remedies
  • International Extradition
  • Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Education & Credentials

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University Attended:
University of Miami, A.B., 1964
Law School Attended:
University of Miami, J.D., 1967
Year of First Admission:
1967, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, including Federal Trial Bar; 1982, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1972, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 1984, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 1967, Florida; 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; 2008, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; 1971, U.S. Supreme Court
American Bar Association (Member, Board of Governors, 2010-; House of Delegates, 1986—; Chair, Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, 2008-2009; Chair, Criminal Justice Section, 1992-1993; Criminal Justice Section Delegate, 1996—2010; Chair, Standing Committee on Governmental Affairs, 2005-2008; Member, ABA Nominating Committee, 2006-2009; Steering Committee of Nominating Committee, 2007-2009; Chair, ABA Task Force on Presidential Signing Statements and the Separation of Powers Doctrine, 2006-2008; Chair, ABA Task Force on Domestic Surveillance in the Fight Against Terrorism, 2006—2008; Chair, ABA Task Force on Treatment of Enemy Combatants, 2002—2010; Observer for Guantanamo Military Commission trials, 2004—; Member, ABA High Profile Trial Resource Team, 1995-1999); President, American Judicature Society, 2006-2007; President, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1989-1990); President, The Florida Bar Foundation, 1997-1998); Association of Immigration and Nationality Lawyers (Member, National Board of Governors, 1975-1977; President, South Florida Chapter, 1975-1976); Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys Association (President, 1984-1985); President, Dade County Bar Association, 1983-1984; ABA Delegate, 1986-1990; President, Foundation For Criminal Justice, 2001-2005; President, Federal Bar Association South Florida Chapter, 1971-1972; The Florida Bar (Delegate, ABA House of Delegates, 1991-1993); National Conference of Bar Presidents (Executive Council, 1987-1990); President, National Caucus of Metropolitan Bar Leaders, 1985-1986); President, Spellman-Hoeveler American Inn of Court, 2000-2002); Member: International Bar Association; American Society of International Law; Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers; American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists; Florida Association For Women Lawyers.
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