Sonja C. Darby

Of Counsel
Area of Focus: Real Estate
Sonja C. Darby
Of Counsel
Sonja C. Darby focuses her practice on real estate acquisitions, dispositions, and development. A solution-oriented transactional attorney with a long track record of successfully closing deals for clients, Sonja has experience with a diverse array of assets, including office buildings, vacant land, condominiums, apartment buildings, warehouses, retail properties, and single family homes. She has experience advising tenants and landlords in the negotiation of all manner of commercial leases. Sonja has also successfully represented clients on complex conversion and termination matters involving cooperatives and condominiums.
Q & A
What makes the practice of real estate law at Bilzin Sumberg unique?
The firm stands out in that it is committed to my continued development - and that of my colleagues - as a trusted advisor who can advise clients at every stage of the real estate cycle and across complex asset types. In addition, Bilzin’s long history of engagement in Florida’s dynamic real estate market gives it the experience and the insight necessary to give clients “big picture” advice that takes into account both the legal issues at hand and broader business considerations. Thus, it’s no mystery why so many in the local real estate industry consider Bilzin to be the preeminent Florida firm when it comes to real estate law. 
What are your strengths and how have they impacted your practice?
As my real estate practice has matured, I have developed a strategic and practical mindset, which allows me to anticipate client needs and approach transactions proactively. I enjoy analyzing the possible 'what if' scenarios to determine which risks are more theoretical, as opposed to imminent, and offer advice accordingly. A critical byproduct from that has also been the development of patience and foresight, indispensable skills for representing my clients as they navigate complex deals.
  • Fordham University, J.D., 2003
    University of Miami, B.A., English Literature, 2000
  • Florida
    New Jersey
    New York