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.
University of California, Los Angeles School of Law J.D.
University of California, Irvine, B.A. cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa
The Best Lawyers in America®, Municipal Law, 2016
Southern California Super Lawyers; State, Local & Municipal Law, 2009, 2011, 2014-2017
Orange County’s top lawyers, OC Metro magazine, 2009