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Overview

As a former corporate attorney for a Fortune 100 company with extensive litigation experience, Sonni is uniquely qualified to provide clients with practical, creative and sound legal advice compatible with today’s business environment.

She advises companies on general business strategy and commercial litigation, as well as employment discrimination matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), related state agencies and before state and federal courts. In addition, she represents employers regarding numerous regulatory issues, wage and hour laws, restrictive covenant agreements, reductions in force, and public policy discharge matters. In both trial and in alternative dispute resolutions, Sonni has achieved significant favorable outcomes.

Sonni’s experience also extends to representing employers in collective bargaining, arbitrations, union avoidance techniques, corporate campaigns, positive employee relations training and matters before the National Labor Relations Board.

Before joining the firm, Sonni was associate general counsel for Express Scripts Inc. in St. Louis. She was responsible for daily legal advice in all areas of labor and employment law, proactive strategy and training, compliance, litigation strategy, handling of EEOC matters, development of human resources policies and audit tools, budget management, selection, and oversight of outside law firms. Previously, she worked as employee relations counsel for Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. (now RockTenn) in St. Louis, where she provided litigation support and labor and employment counseling for 26 manufacturing facilities across the United States, including conducting all collective bargaining and defending EEOC matters.


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Services

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law - Management, 2017-2020
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Women's Justice Awards - Litigation Practitioner, 2019

Education

  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
    • Washington University Law Quarterly, editor
  • B.A., University of Missouri

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • National Association of Manufacturers
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Society for Human Resource Management
Experience
  • Favorable trial verdict in LLC withdrawal liability case with issues of first impression litigated.
  • In 2014, received a defense verdict in race discrimination jury trial for utility company in St. Louis City.
  • Obtained defense verdict in jury trial where plaintiff alleged discrimination and retaliation claims against her supervisor. Judge also awarded defendant $100,000 in attorneys’ fees.
  • Achieved favorable results in commercial trade secrets case against former employees who set up competing business.
  • Defeated multiple discrimination cases for Fortune 100 healthcare company by obtaining summary judgment.
  • Obtained favorable outcome for large pharmacy benefit management company in union corporate campaign where union sought to block the company from moving operations to different state.
  • Represented companies in concession bargaining with unions.
  • Defeated several union organizing efforts for union and nonunion companies.
  • Obtained summary judgment on alleged age and race discrimination claims with prejudice, including Section 1983 claim. Judge also awarded defendant over $25,000 in attorneys' fees.
Seminars | November 2, 2017
Labor and Employment Seminar
News Releases | August 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | March 19, 2019
Missouri Lawyers Weekly Recognizes Two Husch Blackwell Attorneys with 2019 Women's Justice Awards

Sonni Nolan and Larissa Whittingham are Husch Blackwell's Women's Justice Awards honorees for 2019.

News Releases | August 15, 2018
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2019 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 143 Husch Blackwell attorneys in its 2019 directory. The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and five attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

Media Mentions | July 3, 2018
St. Louis American: Sonni Fort Nolan Appointed to Girl Scouts Board

Sonni Fort Nolan was appointed to the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri.

Media Mentions | June 15, 2018
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Business Bulletin Board--Helping Out

Sonni Fort Nolan was appointed to the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri.

News Releases | August 15, 2017
Husch Blackwell Places 156 Lawyers in 2018 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 156 Husch Blackwell lawyers in its 2018 directory, breaking the firm’s old record of 151 set last year. The firm also has 10 attorneys listed as “Lawyers of the Year” and 15 lawyers who have made the list for the first time.