An innovative and tenacious advocate in and out of the courtroom, seasoned litigator and leader of 29 years, Sofia represents clients in diverse industries, ranging from entrepreneurs to multinational conglomerates with worldwide business holdings, including energy, healthcare, real estate, hotels, and cosmetic manufacturing. A native of Argentina, having handled matters arising in Texas, as well as in Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Puerto Rico, among other venues, she has obtained favorable judgments and settlements on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in U.S. state and federal courts and in ADR proceedings. Her fluency in Spanish adds international flexibility to her cross-border, transnational disputes, and her cases have spanned the country and the globe, with an emphasis on Latin and Central America. She serves as an advocate and a facilitator, navigating and resolving a litany of issues, with deep industry knowledge, from the simplest to the most complex. A well-known thought leader and pragmatist, with her confident leadership and consistent persistence invaluable in turbulent times, she serves as outside general counsel for select clients, advising on best strategies and actionable resolutions for business success.
She envisioned, created and is the Editor of American Lawyer Media’s TEXAS BUSINESS LITIGATION treatise (2021 5th Edition forthcoming), analyzing in 25 chapters the entire spectrum of issues litigators encounter, from claim assessment, discovery, use of experts, trial strategy, alternative dispute resolution, and appeals. A former University of Houston Law Center Adjunct Law Professor in Mass Torts Litigation, and law clerk to Hon. Jerre S. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, she is also a frequent CLE Speaker and/or Chair (over 125 speeches) and publisher (over 120 publications).
An alumna of the Harvard Business School OPM, Sofia served as the U.S. Keynote Graduation Speaker for HBS OPM 37, ostensibly the first woman, as well as U.S. Class Representative. The OPM 37 curriculum included courses in accounting and control; financial and strategic management and operations; information technology and innovation; leadership and organizational effectiveness (including ethics generally); marketing strategy; as well as negotiation and decision-making strategies. Her clients benefit from her HBS OPM learnings. She is also a graduate of Rice University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and the University of Houston Law Center, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif and Barons, both on full academic scholarships.
She has completed basic mediation training through the A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center as well as the Neuroscience of Decision-Making Implicit Bias Educational Program for the Houston Bar Association.
She serves the City of Houston, appointed by the Mayor of Houston and Houston City Council, on the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board where she serves as Chair of Appointments Subcommittee for Boards and Commissions, envisioning and chairing the Inaugural Boards and Commission Fair for the City of Houston. She also serves on the Houston First Corporation Board of Directors. The Houston First Corporation manages more than 10 city-owned buildings and properties and underground and surface parking.
Having served on 15 plus non-profit boards, often serving in the Audit, Budget, Governance, Finance, and/or Marketing committees, in addition to serving on a myriad of committees for the Houston and State Bar, Sofia possesses a deep understanding of systems, the balance between transparency and confidentiality, serving as a resource on governance issues to public, private, and non-profit boards.
As a few select notables, Sofia serves and/or has served on THE ADVOCATE Editorial Board, the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee, and the CLE, Mentor and Professionalism Committees of the State Bar of Texas. Sofia serves and/or has served on the Board of Directors of, among other entities, the American Leadership Forum Houston; BARC Foundation (former Chair of Advisory Board); Girls Inc. of Greater Houston (former President and Board Chair); HOUSTON LAW REVIEW Alumni Association (former President); Memorial Hermann Foundation; RICE-TMS; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Theatre Under The Stars; UH Law Center Immigration Clinic (Executive Committee); United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast; and the University of Texas Health Science Center Foundation.
Selected repeatedly as one of “The 25 U.S. Most Influential Hispanic Lawyers,” “Top Latino Partners in the U.S.,” and “Most Powerful Women in Law,” LATINO LEADERS, she is also a “Texas Super Lawyer” (10 year Anniversary) and a past TEXAS LAWYER Top “40 Under 40.” Recognized also by National Diversity Council as a “Most Powerful and Influential Woman of Texas” & one of the “Top 50 Women Lawyers,” she has received over 15 other recognitions for her leadership and community impact. Select other accolades include as follows: a Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce “Hall of Fame” Inductee; a HOUSTON CHRONICLE Channel 11 “Texas Legend” & HOUSTON CHRONICLE 10 Extraordinary Latinos (Inaugural List); a Comcast Hispanic Hero Honoree; a Latino Learning Center, Inc. “Helping Hands” Humanitarian Award Honoree; a “Woman of Influence,” National Council of Jewish Women Greater Houston Section; Rice University, Meritorious Service Award, Laureates Recognition; a Texas Executive Women “Woman on the Move”; a UH Law Alumni Association Private Practice Achievement Award Honoree; a UH Law Center Immigration Clinic “Arrival Awards Immigrant Achievement” Honoree; a Houston Jaycees “Outstanding Houstonian”; a Texas Jaycees “Outstanding Texan”; a U.S. Jaycees “Outstanding Young American” as well as a World Affairs Council of Greater Houston 2021 Global Leader of Influence.