Sonja N. Friedman: A Lifelong Love of the Law

May 2017

Sonja N. FriedmanStarting a business? Ready to sign a contract for the job of a lifetime? Or buy a gorgeous piece of property? These exciting, life-changing moves can be the springboard to a fabulous future or the beginning of a long list of woes. The difference can be whether you take the time to safeguard your decision with the help of an experienced attorney.

Sonja N. Friedman, of Bullard and Friedman in Ashland, has 30 years of wide-ranging experience in the practice of law, with special expertise in business acquisitions, sales, and transactions; real estate, estate planning, and property ownership. She also handles probate matters and has experience representing homeowners’ associations.

Sonja has held a variety of legal roles over her career, which began with graduation from New York Law School in 1982.

“I have always loved the law,” she said. “After law school I worked for a money-center bank in New York, and then as general counsel for a Connecticut bank.  I then had my own private practice in Connecticut before moving to South Carolina.” 

It was in Hilton Head, South Carolina, that Sonja joined a law firm with Ed Bullard and others, and eventually became a partner with Bullard.  After his death in 2009, she continued the business until she decided to move to Oregon in 2015.

Sonja had grown up in California, and after living on the East Coast for so many years, she longed to return to the West. “I wanted to come back to the West Coast and chose southern Oregon because of the mild climate, cultural opportunities, and outdoor beauty,” she said.

She enjoys staying abreast of and involved in events in the region and beyond, and is active in community service organizations, including the Rotary Club of Medford and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in Ashland.  “I have been a Rotarian since 2003 and enjoy the projects they sponsor,” she says. “While living in Connecticut and South Carolina, I was active in the Girl Scouts, leading four different troops over 23 years. While a Girl Scout leader, I took four trips to Europe with the girls.  Many of them then went on to study abroad when they were in college.”

When not practicing law, Sonja loves to travel, particularly for the larger perspectives and awareness it gives her.  “It broadens one’s horizons and one’s appreciation of different cultures.  With our world becoming smaller and smaller with the advances in technology, an understanding of other cultures is more important than ever.”
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