Sonia Fonticiella Rios, practicing in Arkansas, focuses on matters related to criminal defense and family law. She set up her law firm, Fonticiella Law, PLLC in November 2011 in El Dorado, Arkansas and moved it to Little Rock, Arkansas in August 2012. She provides legal services to people in Central Arkansas. She practices in federal as well as state court.
Sonia Rios is aggressive in her approach and always willing to fight for her clients. She speaks English and Spanish languages fluently. Her goal is to provide excellent legal services at competitive prices.
She has acquired the license to practice in Arkansas and the federal court of the eastern and western district of Arkansas. She is a member of Arkansas Bar Association, Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers, Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association.
Sonia is a descendant of Cuban immigrants and a first-generation American. She spent her childhood in Paragould, Arkansas. She attended the Florida State University as most of her Cuban family lived in Miami, Florida. She became an avid Florida State Seminole fan. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature with a Minor in Business in 2006.
She returned to Arkansas and started attending the Leflar School of Law at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She earned her Juris Doctorate in law in the year 2008. She then moved to Phoenix, Arizona. She started attending the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University as a visiting student.
During law school, Sonia was very active in the student body during her law school days. She even started the first Hispanic Student Bar Association at U of A, Fayetteville. She also participated in the trial, negotiation, and moot court competitions.
She received recognition for her participation in the 2008 Hispanic National Bar Associations Moot Court Competition. She reached out to the Hispanic community in Northwest Arkansas through the Hispanic Student Bar Association. She was honored with a Pro-Bono Service in the Community Award in April 2008.
She served as a clerk at the Fayetteville City Prosecutor’s Office. She acquired invaluable criminal law experience while working there. She gained a deep inside and knowledge into general immigration matters while working as a law clerk at the Law Office of Roy Petty.
She was a member of the Immigration Law and Policy Clinic during her days at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. She represented abused, abandoned or neglected immigrant juveniles.
She started working in the Document Control Division at the law firm, Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. She moved back to Arkansas in 2011 and started her law firm.
She is a board member of Pridecorp, Inc. and the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer. She is a former board member of Union County Bar Association.
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