Sonia M. Rodriguez is a trial lawyer and partner in Branton | Hall | Rodriguez | Cruz, P.C. The law firm specializes in the litigation and appeals of civil actions. The law firm was founded in 1986, as Branton & Hall, P.C. Sonia has been a lawyer with the firm since 2001 and she became an equity partner in 2008. The firm changed its name in 2011, when it moved to its current location, 8100 Broadway, in San Antonio, Texas. Sonia is a principal in Thelka Ray Investments, L.L.C., the corporation which owns and operates the 10,000 square foot retail/office building where the law firm is housed.
Sonia graduated from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1999. She serves on various committees of the state and local Bar Associations, including service as a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Sonia also serves on the State Bar of Texas — Pattern Jury Charge Committee (Premises, Malpractice and Product Liability). She is a Director of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and was the first Latina to sever serve on the Executive Committee of that organization in 2006. Sonia is also a Past-President of the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association. She is regularly recognized by Texas Monthly‘s annual publication of “Rising Stars” in Law & Politics and among the “Best Lawyers in San Antonio,” by Scene in SA Magazine.
For the past 7 years, Sonia has served as the Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women, having been appointed by Mayor Phil Hardberger in 2005 and reappointed by Mayor Julián Castro in 2009. In 2008, the Commission published the City’s first-ever Study on the Status of Women and Girls in San Antonio. The Commission also established the Pathways to Leadership Scholarship Fund for college-bound women in Bexar County.
In 2010, Sonia was appointed by Mayor Castro to serve as a Tri-Chair of SA2020, a city-wide dialogue that explored residents’ aspirations for the future of San Antonio. Currently Sonia serves on the Board of Directors for SA2020, Inc., the non-profit entity focused on measuring the City’s progress toward goals set for 2020.
Sonia has served on the Mayor’s task force on teen pregnancy prevention. She also serves as an advisor to the San Antonio Young Women’s Leadership Academy, the first all-girls public school in San Antonio.
In 2009, Sonia was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame, for her professional and civic contributions. She was recognized by St. Mary’s University School of Law as its “Distinguished Young Alumnus” in 2010; by the Mexican American Bar Association as it “Lawyer of the Year” in 2011; and by Annie’s List with its “Woman Warrior Award” in 2012.
Sonia has been married to Jon M. Haynes for 15 years. They have two children: Joaquín and Sofia.