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Sonja J. McGill
Biography

Sonja McGill has extensive experience as a trial attorney in all phases of employment law and commercial litigation. Sonja provides strategic advice and counsel on a broad range of employment issues, including recruiting, hiring, employee relations, discipline and terminations, internal investigations, leaves of absence, wage and hour compliance, labor relations, EEO compliance, contingent worker issues, and immigration compliance management.


Sonja is a seasoned mediator and negotiator. Additionally, she regularly gives presentations and seminars on employment law training programs for companies’ HR and management departments and assists with formulating and revising HR policies.

Before entering private practice, Sonja served as in-house counsel for HMS Holdings, Inc. and J.C. Penney Corporation. Sonja successfully tried multiple nationwide labor and employment claims in state court, federal court, and arbitration as the first-chair trial defense attorney for both corporations.

Education

  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 1998
  • MPA, The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs, 1998
  • B.A., Princeton University, 1993
Representative Matters
  • Achieved a take-nothing defense verdict for two individuals accused of civil conspiracy, theft of corporate trade secrets and fraud by their former company following a three-week jury trial in Texas state court.
  • Successfully achieved a defense verdict for two employment arbitrations in a six month period regarding a national origin discrimination, harassment and retaliation case in Florida, as well as an age discrimination, promissory estoppels and retaliation case in Indiana.
  • Won winning summary judgment motions nationwide on a broad range of employment law issues, including national origin discrimination (Ohio); age discrimination (Massachusetts); disability discrimination (Connecticut); sex discrimination, retaliation, and promissory estoppel (Colorado); sexual harassment, retaliation, and promissory estoppels/detrimental reliance (Minnesota); wrongful discharge and defamation (New York); and workers’ compensation retaliation (Oklahoma).
  • Routinely represents employers on real-time counseling for employment claim avoidance and advice on pending claims.
Activities & Memberships
  • Big Thought, Board Member
  • REAL School Gardens, Board Member
  • Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Dallas Alumni Association
  • Executive Women of Dallas
  • Attorneys Serving the Community
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Dallas Young Lawyers Association, Fellow
  • Dallas Bar Association, ADR and L&E Sections
  • Bar Association of the 5th Federal Circuit
  •  American Bar Association, ADR and L&E Sections
  • J.L. Turner Legal Association
  • Princeton Alumni Association of Dallas/Fort Worth, Immediate Past President
  • Theatre 3, Former Chair, Board of Directors
  • Oak Cliff YMCA, Former Chair, Board of Managers
  • Dallas Historical Society, Former Board Member
  • Grand Park South Tax Improvement Dist., Former Board Member
  • DSO African-American Music Festival Planning Committee
  • African-American Museum Anniversary Gala Committee
  • North Texas Lead Participant, January 2010
  • Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Emerging Leaders Empowerment Series Participant, 2008 Convention
  • Junior League of Dallas, Former Member
  • Legal Services of North Texas Womens’ Advocacy Awards Reception, Former Committee Member
  • Genesis Women Shelter Alliance, Former Member
  • Meals on Wheels, Former Volunteer
  • American Journal of Criminal Law, Member
Publications
Noteworthy
  • FINRA Arbitrator
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine, 2017
  • 2016 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow
  • Lyndon B. Johnson School Fellowship (full tuition scholarship)
  • Austin Independent School District Mentor Award