Overview

Sonia Salinas represents clients in a wide range of litigation matters, including employment discrimination, wage and hour claims, tort defense, insurance recovery, contract disputes, intellectual property, trade secrets, fraud claims, non-compete agreements, and  unfair business practice claims. Ms. Salinas has a diverse client base, including public entities, multi-national corporations and banks, hospital systems, health care providers, nonprofit entities, small businesses and individuals.

Prior to her legal career, Ms. Salinas was a Children’s Social Worker for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

Representative Matters

Representative Matters:

Anti-SLAPP Motion: The plaintiff filed a complaint alleging wrongful termination and defamation against Ms. Salinas’s client, a county-level public entity.  The plaintiff was a high-level executive that reported directly to the board of directors.  The plaintiff claimed that various board members defamed her by publicly criticizing her during board meetings.  Ms. Salinas filed an anti-SLAPP motion on the basis that any alleged defamatory comments by board members were protected speech that could not form the basis of a defamation claim.  The anti-SLAPP motion was successful and Ms. Salinas’s client was able to settle the matter for a very favorable amount.

Anti-SLAPP Motion and Appellate Victory:  The plaintiffs alleged that Ms. Salinas’s client, a health care corporation, committed fraud against them, in part, because the health care corporation sued plaintiffs in a sister state.  Ms. Salinas filed an anti-SLAPP motion alleging that the claim against the health care corporation arose out of its exercise of its Constitutional rights of freedom of speech and petition for redress of grievances.  The anti-SLAPP motion was granted and Ms. Salinas’s client was awarded the attorney’s fees it incurred in filing the anti-SLAPP motion.  Plaintiffs appealed but the trial court’s order granting the anti-SLAPP motion was affirmed.  Ms. Salinas then sought and obtained an order granting her client attorney’s fees incurred in defending the appeal.

Motion for Summary Adjudication:  The plaintiffs, a group of physicians, sued Ms. Salinas’s client, a hospital system, for among other things, employment-related claims.  Ms. Salinas filed a motion for summary adjudication arguing that the hospital system did not and could not employ physicians directly and thus plaintiffs’ employment claims were not proper.  The motion for summary adjudication was granted which reduced the issues in the case dramatically and led a favorable settlement for Ms. Salinas’s client.

Representative Clients:

Southern California Regional Rail Authority; Los Angeles Unified School District; Bank of America; Marriott Ownership Resorts, Inc.; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Memorial Care Health System; and Anthem

Practice Areas

Community Involvement

Community & Professional

  • Latina Lawyers Bar Association, Former Board Member & President, Member
  • Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Member
  • Mexican American Bar Association, Member
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Latina Commission, Member

Education

J.D., Loyola Law School
B.S., University of California, Riverside

Clerkships

  • Hon. Judge Suzanne H. Segal, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court of the Central District of California

Admissions

  • 2007, California
    U.S. District Courts, Central and Northern Districts of California
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