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About Sonya Tien

Founder & Managing Attorney


  • J.D., Columbia Law School, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • B.S.B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2021
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2020
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Association of Trial Lawyers
  • Top 100, National Association of Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded 18 Scholarships


  • North Carolina
  • California
  • New York
  • United States District Court, S.D.N.Y.
  • United States District Court, E.D.N.Y.
  • United States District Court, E.D.N.C.


  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Tenth Judicial District
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 2013-2019
  • New York State Bar Association, 2012-2013
  • American Bar Association, 2012-2013

Speak Engagements

  • When Is a Company Required to Disclose Receipt of a Wells Notice? Fried Frank, 2012
  • Executive Compensation: How to Draft an Employment Agreement, Fried Frank CLE, 2013


  • SEC Cooperation Update: 2102 Year-End Review, Wall Street Lawyer, 2013
  • Recent Developments in the SEC Cooperation Initiative, Practising Law Institute, 2012
  • White Collar Criminal Defense and Securities Enforcement Memo, Fried Frank

Sonya is the Founder and Managing Attorney of Tien Law Firm, PC. Ivy-league educated and BigLaw-trained, Sonya has built a unique practice focusing on representing individuals and companies in personal injury, real estate, corporate and IP transactional and litigation matters.

Sonya received her law degree from Columbia University, where she was recognized as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Sonya received her business degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School, along with seventeen undergraduate scholarships.

Sonya is battle-tested in proceedings in federal and state courts. Sonya received her trial training from the former Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division for the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York. In 2013, Sonya’s trial team won on summary judgment in the United State District Court for the Eastern District of New York, which was a landmark decision that received widespread media attention.

Sonya Tien has litigation and transactional experience, has appeared in more than twenty federal and state courts and she has personally negotiated hundreds of settlements against the largest insurance companies in the country on behalf of her clients. Her practice is focused on providing results-oriented legal services.

Before founding Tien Law Firm, Ms. Tien practiced law at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP’s New York office with a focus on corporate transactions, corporate compliance, SEC enforcement, commercial real estate, and commercial litigation. Sonya co-authored Fried Frank’s monthly White Collar Criminal Defense and Securities Enforcement Memorandum, to help keep the firm’s national and international offices up to date of the latest cases and legal developments.

In 2009, Sonya was selected for an internship with The Honorable George H. Lowe, United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District Court for the District of New York, where she gained valuable judicial and litigation experience.

Sonya has been a key member of plaintiff and defense litigation and transactional teams, and has provided legal services to Goldman Sachs, Goldman Sachs (ASIA), CBRE, Catalent Pharama Solutions, Grenelle Holdings, Far Country Outdoors, JP Morgan Chase, Credit Suisse, Viva, and Barclays Capital Inc.

Sonya has been recognized by Super Lawyers in 2020 and 2021 as a Rising Star, and has received a perfect 10 out of 10 rating on Avvo for the past eight years. Sonya can assist clients who need strong litigation and transactional skills on a wide range of matters including, personal injury, wrongful death, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property.

Sonya has helped clients navigate the SEC, FDA, and DOJ in federal investigations and litigation matters. Her clients have included individuals  and companies from diverse industries including pharmaceuticals, media & entertainment, real estate, and financial services.

Sonya’s work has been published by The Wall Street Lawyer and Practising Law Institute. She has also lectured at industry events on topics of executive compensation and SEC regulation, and has a proven track record of results and dispute resolution for her clients.