Barbara Sonneborn graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1976 and founded the law firm with Joseph P. Metzger in 1983. The firm quickly gained recognition as one of the preeminent medical malpractice defense firms in South Florida. During her legal career, Ms. Sonneborn has served as lead counsel in numerous complex civil jury trials involving medical malpractice, products liability and general liability. In her medical malpractice work, she has successfully defended hospitals, physicians and other healthcare professionals in a wide variety of matters including, but not limited to, wrongful death, infant death, brain damage, paralysis, surgery and nursing issues. Her vast trial experience has enabled her to obtain defense verdicts for her clients throughout the State of Florida.
Ms. Sonneborn was inducted as a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers in 2009. The Academy limits membership to 500 Fellows from the United States and only invites lawyers who have attained the highest level of trial advocacy during their legal career. She is also is a member of American Board of Trial Advocates, an elite group selected by their peers, and has received a distinguished highest rating of AV-Pre-Eminent in both legal ability and ethical standards from Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, Ms. Sonneborn has been named among “Florida’s Legal Elite” by Florida Trend Magazine and one of the Florida Super Lawyers. Ms. Sonneborn is a board certified civil trial lawyer by the Florida Bar and is board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.