Sonia Rubio Carvalho

Partner

Tel: (949) 263-2603

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At a Glance

Sonia serves as city attorney for the cities of Santa Ana and Claremont.

She advises on all aspects of municipal law, but focuses on land use, ethics, open government and elections law.

She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.

Sonia R. Carvalho is a partner in the Municipal Law practice group of Best Best & Krieger LLP. She serves as city attorney for the cities of Santa Ana and Claremont. She also served as city attorney of Azusa (1998-2012), Colton (1998-2001) and Yorba Linda (2001-2010). 
 
As general counsel to municipal corporations, Sonia advises on all aspects of municipal law, but focuses on land use, ethics, open government and elections law.

Sonia is a frequent speaker on topics related to ethics, the Brown Act and land use issues. She instructs on various Continuing Education of the Bar land use and real estate courses, and writes and speaks on the topic of medical marijuana and land use regulation.

During law school, she served as editor-in-chief of the Chicano-Latino Law Review. Sonia is admitted to practice in the State of California.

Education

  • University of California, Los Angeles School of Law J.D.
  • University of California, Irvine, B.A. cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa


Community Involvement

  • West End Legal Aid Clinic (volunteer legal services)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Municipal Law, 2016-2018
  • Southern California Super Lawyers; State, Local & Municipal Law, 2009, 2011, 2014-2017
  • Orange County’s top lawyers, OC Metro magazine, 2009
21 BB&K Attorneys  Earn Spot on Best Lawyers in America 2018 List
Press Releases Aug 15, 2017

21 BB&K Attorneys Earn Spot on Best Lawyers in America 2018 List

Two Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Appellate Court Rejects CEQA Challenges to Development in Santa Ana
Client Successes May 25, 2017

Appellate Court Rejects CEQA Challenges to Development in Santa Ana

BB&K Team Represented City

BB&K In the News May 22, 2017

Santa Ana to Provide Legal Help for Immigrants Facing Deportation

KPCC Reports on BB&K Client’s Attempt to Help Immigrant Population

Event Apr 5, 2017

Cannabis Economics and Regulations

2nd Annual Regional Mayor's Summit

Press Releases Jan 20, 2017

Southern California Super Lawyers 2017

Five BB&K Partners Receive Honor

Hundreds of Elementary School Students in Santa Ana Receive Supply-Filled Backpacks
Press Releases Aug 26, 2016

Hundreds of Elementary School Students in Santa Ana Receive Supply-Filled Backpacks

BB&K Teams Up with the Santa Ana Kiwanis Club to Donate Backpacks Filled with School Supplies

Press Releases Aug 15, 2016

20 BB&K Attorneys Make Best Lawyers in America 2017 List

Two Named Lawyers of the Year

Press Releases Jan 22, 2016

2016 Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine Recognizes Six BB&K Partners

Honored Attorneys Represent Municipal Law, Environmental & Natural Resources and Litigation Services

Press Releases Aug 17, 2015

19 BB&K Attorneys Included on the 2016 Best Lawyers in America List

Partner Iris Yang and Of Counsel Joseph Coomes Selected as Lawyers of the Year

Event Feb 26, 2015

2015 OC Collaborative Services Summit

Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission

Press Releases Jan 22, 2015

Five BB&K Attorneys Named to the 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers List

A Diverse Selection of Attorneys Represented on the Prestigious List