- State Bar of California
- American Bar Association
- Member, Real Property Law Section, State Bar of California
- Orange County Bar Association, Real Estate Section
- Building Industry Association, Orange County Chapter
Sonia Lister represents a broad spectrum of clients in connection with the financing, acquisition, disposition, development, construction and leasing of real estate assets. Ms. Lister’s longstanding commitment to community and volunteer services has been an important part of her growth and development as a lawyer.
Ms. Lister’s strength lies in her ability to deliver high quality and personalized service to her clients. Since 1992, Ms. Lister has represented banks and other financial institutions in structuring, negotiating and documenting a broad variety of lending transactions, including conventional commercial mortgage loans, development and construction loans, bridge loans, permanent loans and mezzanine loans, as well as participations or assignments of such loans. Ms. Lister also has particular experience with distressed real estate assets and loans, including the acquisition or sale of REO properties and loan portfolios and restructuring of debt or equity. She counsels clients in large-scale acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, ground and occupancy leases, and project financing. She regularly represents both landlords and tenants in negotiating major leases of retail, industrial and office space in California. Ms. Lister advises national and local development and construction companies in connection with the negotiation and documentation of construction contracts and the resolution of construction disputes for retail, office, mixed-use and university housing developments.
In addition to her legal work, Ms. Lister is involved in various community service organizations and activities, including HomeAid Orange County, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending homelessness in Orange County through development, advocacy and community service. Since 1992, Ms. Lister has worked with HomeAid as a board member and volunteer. In 2008, she received, among other volunteers in the community, President Bush's Gold Volunteer Service Award in recognition of her outstanding service to HomeAid.