Mrs. Sotomayor has been an active mediator and arbitrator since 2004, combining her dispute resolution practice with her private litigation and business practice.
In the private practice of law for nearly 30 years, with significant trial, arbitration, and appellate experience, Mrs. Sotomayor is a former partner in Burke, Williams & Sorensen’s Los Angeles office. She was previously a partner at Bannan, Frank & Terzian, as well as of counsel at Adams, Duque & Hazeltine.
Mrs. Sotomayor currently serves on the Mediation Panel of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and previously served on the Pro Bono and Party Pay Panels of the Los Angeles County Superior Court. She has resolved hundreds of legal disputes, either as neutral or advocate, in cases involving first party insurance bad faith, ERISA benefits, home warranty, unfair trade practices, consumer, title insurance, third party coverage, motor vehicle warranty, municipal law, land use, personal injury, premises liability, employment, construction, and general commercial issues.
Mrs. Sotomayor’s common-sense and cost-effective approach has achieved consistently excellent results and early dispute resolution for clients and parties. As a mediator, Mrs. Sotomayor brings time-tested skills to the table as a neutral professional, reducing or eliminating the emotional charge of the dispute and the process, and creatively exploring all avenues to dispute resolution. Employing both facilitative and evaluative techniques, Mrs. Sotomayor helps to solve problems in an efficient and cost-conscious manner.
Mrs. Sotomayor received her B.A. (magna cum laude) from Duke University and her J.D. from Washington University School of Law, where she was Notes and Comments Editor for the Washington University Law Quarterly.
She is a Past President of National Charity League, Pasadena Area Chapter.