Shalia M. Sakona

Area of Focus: Litigation
Shalia M. Sakona
As a Partner in Bilzin Sumberg's Litigation Group, Shalia has represented clients in precedent-setting mortgage repurchase and indemnification cases that have had a huge impact on loan originators across the country. She also has significant experience in multidistrict antitrust cases involving price-fixing conspiracies and has worked on many other complex, high-stakes cases.

Shalia plays a primary role in developing successful litigation strategies and is highly valued by the clients she represents.
Q & A
What experiences have shaped your career?
In addition to my legal practice, I am an avid musical theater performer. As an actress, my goal is ultimately to persuade the audience to react in a certain way to my character and her objectives and experience. A large part of that process is being able to anticipate how the audience will respond to my presentation, and to deliver the material in a manner that encourages the audience to see things from my character's perspective. 

I approach my legal advocacy in a similar manner, and my acting experience enables me to tell the client's story in a credible and convincing way to obtain the desired results.
How do you work on complex cases?
At every step of the litigation, I am very mindful of developing facts and admissions to support our big-picture case strategy. Whether drafting discovery requests and responses, taking depositions, writing briefs, or making oral arguments, I am always thinking about how each individual task can help accomplish our overall objectives and facilitate our theory of the case.
  • Boston College, J.D., Notes and Comments Editor, Boston College International & Comparative Law Review, cum laude, 2013
    American University, B.A., Law and Society; Musical Theater, summa cum laude, 2010
  • Florida Shakespeare Theater
    Board of Directors
    Miami Acting Company
    Board Member, 2019
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Daily Business Review, Most Effective Lawyers - Complex/Business Litigation finalist, 2016