Sofia is a Founding Member and Co-Manager for Ramón Worthington Nicolas & Cantu, P.L.L.C., a majority women and minority owned (NAMWOLF) law firm devoted to civil litigation, including complex commercial litigation. Her practice is trial focused, primarily representing defendants in first-party insurance claims, transportation law, products and premises liability, nonsubscriber, commercial, insurance, toxic torts and serious personal injury matters. She is also a qualified Mediator pursuant to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §154.052(a) and Member of the Association of Attorney-Mediators.
Sofia has been practicing law for almost three decades and has represented numerous clients as first chair trial attorney in jury trials in State and Federal Courts across Central and South Texas. She is actively involved in a number of professional associations including the State Bar of Texas Litigation Council, the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and the Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC), currently serving as its Vice President of Membership..
She has served on the planning committees for and written and presented at numerous continuing legal education seminars for the State Bar of Texas, Texas Women Lawyers, TADC and the HCBA on topics including insurance law, extracontractual damages in 1st party cases, liens and subrogation, prosecuting and defending trucking and auto accident lawsuits, trial techniques, arbitration and ethics of representation of multiple clients.
Sofia is a native of South Texas, born and raised in Edinburg, and is fluent in Spanish. She proudly serves as a National Director for AVANCE, INC., an organization which works to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty through innovative, two-generation educational support for families with young children. She also currently serves as a Board Member for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA of Hidalgo), an organization uniquely created to help abused and neglected children in the foster care system, who are referred for advocacy services. Prior to this position, Sofia was involved in the Puente Mentor Program for South Texas College, a program designed to increase the number of academically underserved students and encourage their continued education in four year colleges and universities so they may develop as leaders and mentors.
Areas of Practice:
First Party/Bad Faith Insurance Litigation
Commercial and Class Action Litigation
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
The University of Texas School of Law at Austin, 1989 – 1992 J.D.
University of Texas/Pan American, 1988, B.A., Magna Cum Laude
Professional Associations and Memberships:
The National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, Inc. (NAMWOLF), member
Association of Attorney-Mediators, Member
Texas Association of Defense Counsel [TADC] (current Membership Vice President)
State Bar of Texas Litigation Council, Member
American Board of Trial Advocates [ABOTA] (Member)
College of the State Bar of Texas, Fellow (maintaining membership for 10 or more consecutive years)
Defense Research Institute [DRI] (Member, Trucking Law Subcommittee)
Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society (Fellow)
Texas Bar Foundation, 2007 – Present (Fellow)
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® rated since 2001; 10.0 Superb AVVO rating
Texas Women Lawyers, Committee Member for 2020 Annual CLE
State Bar of Texas Standing Committee on Court Rules, 2007 – 2013
Southern District of Texas, Attorney Admissions Committee, 2004 –2013
International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) (Past Member)
Texas Rising Star (2004, 2005 and 2006)
Texas Super Lawyer (2006 through Present)
Hidalgo County Bar Association/Hidalgo County Bar Foundation (Member)
Hidalgo County Women’s Bar Association (Member)
San Antonio Bar Association, 1992 – 2001
Bexar County Women’s Bar Association, 1992 – 1996
San Antonio Young Lawyers Association, 1992 – 1995