Neal R. Sonnett

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Miami, FL

Neal R. Sonnett, P.A.
 | Two South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 2600, One Biscayne Tower
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: 786-220-2456
Fax: 1-888-277-0333
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1967
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (70%),
  • Criminal Defense (20%),
  • Administrative Law (10%)
Attorney Profile

Neal R. Sonnett's criminal defense practice has resulted in his appearing before trial and appellate courts across the United States. The head of his own firm Neal R. Sonnett, P.A. in Miami, Florida, he has a particular focus on white collar crimes, and his clientele has included high-profile individuals such as Jack Abramoff as well as banks, major corporations, attorneys, bankers, doctors and prominent executives. The types of matters that Mr. Sonnett has handled have included money laundering as well as allegations relating to mail, securities, tax, insurance and mail fraud.

Mr. Sonnett's experience also encompasses the representation of attorneys at disciplinary hearings, and his background includes defending people who have been charged with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Arms Export Control Act. He has achieved widespread recognition from his colleagues for his successful track record in all of these matters, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. In addition, Mr. Sonnett has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 1983, and he has appeared in Florida Trend magazine's annual Florida Legal Elite list.

Admitted to practice before all Florida state courts, Mr. Sonnett is also admitted to practice before several federal courts, including the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th, 6th, 9th and 11th Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States. His legal education came at the University of Miami School of Law, and he was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1967. A member of the board of governors of the American Bar Association, Mr. Sonnett is a past president of several other professional groups, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense: White Collar (70%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Criminal Defense (20%): Arrest & Arraignment, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Expungement, Felony, Probation, Tax Evasion

Administrative Law (10%): Government Benefits, Licensing

Focus Areas

White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Arrest & Arraignment, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Expungement, Felony, Probation, Tax Evasion, Government Benefits, Licensing

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018

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About Neal Sonnett

Admitted: 1967, Florida

Professional Webpage: https://www.sonnettlaw.com/neal-r-sonnett/

Honors/Awards:

  • 2007 William R. Butler Community Service Award, presented by the University of Miami Alumni Association for “extraordinary community service contributions.”, William R. Butler Community Service Award, University of Miami Alumni Association, 2007
  • 2007 Outstanding Service Award from The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, a lifetime achievement award presented to an individual “who has, in his or her professional career, adhered for more than thirty years to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and to the service of the public.”, Outstanding Service Award, The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, 2007
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws presented by Nova Southeastern University Law School., Honorary Doctor of Laws, Nova Southeastern University Law School, 2006
  • The Selig Goldin Memorial Award is the highest award presented by The Florida Bar Criminal Law Section., Selig Goldin Memorial Award, The Florida Bar Criminal Law Section, 2006
  • The Daniel S. Pearson-Harry W. Prebish Founders Award is presented by the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Miami Chapter, for “lifetime commitment to preserve the constitutional rights of all citizens.”, Daniel S. Pearson-Harry W. Prebish Founders Award, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Miami, 2005
  • The Stanley Milledge Award is a lifetime achievement award presented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Miami., Stanley Milledge Award, American Civil Liberties Union of Miami, 2005
  • The Charles R. English Memorial Award is the highest award of the ABA Criminal Justice Section and is presented annually to honor lawyers who exemplify the highest standards of professional ethics and service to the criminal justice system., Charles R. English Memorial Award, ABA Criminal Justice Section, 2001
  • The Jurisprudence Award was presented by the Anti-Defamation League of Florida for "distinguished service and inspiring leadership in preserving liberty, counteracting bigotry and advancing the cause of human rights.", Jurisprudence Award, ADL, 1993
  • The Robert Heeney Memorial Award is the highest award for service from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers., Robert Heeney Memorial Award, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1989
  • The Florida Bar Foundation Medal of Honor is the highest award to a lawyer by the legal profession in Florida, and was presented in recognition of "dedicated service in improving the administration of the criminal justice system and in protecting individual rights precious to our American Constitutional form of government.", Medal of Honor, Florida Bar Foundation, 1989
  • 2009 "Legal Legends Award" presented by the 11th Circuit Historical Society and the Historical Museum of South Florida.
  • ADL Jurisprudence Award (1993), presented by the Anti-Defamation League, Florida Region, for distinguished service and inspiring leadership in preserving liberty, counteracting bigotry and advancing the cause of human rights
  • Wm. Reece Smith Award for Public Service (1997), presented annually by Stetson University College of Law to honor individuals who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to public service activities
  • South Florida Legal Legend, 11th Judicial Circuit Historical Society, 2009
  • One of the Four Most Respected Lawyers in Dade County, Miami Today
  • One of South Florida’s Top Lawyers, South Florida Legal Guide
  • Florida’s Legal Elites, Florida Trend Magazine
  • Listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys
  • AV rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • AVVO rating of 10.0 (Superb)
  • Listed as a Florida Super Lawyer
  • Listed in Chambers and Partners America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Litigation – Business Crimes)
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal – The International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Every Edition since 1983
  • Nation’s Top White Collar Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Law Journal
  • Nation’s Top Litigators, National Law Journal
  • One of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America, National Law Journal
  • Recipient of the "Alumnus of Distinction" Award from the University of Miami Law Alumni Association in 2007, only the fourth time it has been conferred.
  • The 2008 John H. Pickering Award of Achievement, presented by the ABA Senior Lawyers Division to a lawyer or judge who “shall have demonstrated throughout his or her career outstanding legal ability; shall have compiled a distinguished record of dedicated service to the profession and the community at large; and shall have made significant contributions to the furtherance of access to justice for all.”
  • Inducted into the 2008 Alumni Hall of Fame by the Miami Beach Senior High School Alumni Association.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair, American Bar Association Task Force on Treatment of Enemy Combatants, 2009
  • Member, ABA Board of Governors, 2009
  • Past Chair, ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, 2008
  • Chair, ABA Task Force on Presidential Signing Statements and the Separation of Powers Doctrine, 2007
  • Chair, ABA Task Force on Domestic Surveillance in the Fight Against Terrorism, 2007
  • Member, ABA Nominating Committee and its Steering Committee, 2006
  • Florida Task Force on Drug Abuse and Dropout Prevention, Member
  • University of Miami Society of Founders, Member
  • UM General Alumni Association, Vice-President
  • University of Miami Law Alumni Association, President
  • Spellman-Hoeveler American Inn of Court in Miami
  • Federal Bar Association, South Florida Chapter, Former President
  • Metropolitan Bar Caucus, Former President
  • Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, Former President
  • Foundation for Criminal Justice, Former President
  • AJS Task Force on Independence of the Judiciary, Chair
  • ABA High Profile Trial Resource Team, Member
  • ABA Coalition for Justice, Member
  • Justice Kennedy Commission, Member
  • ABA Committee on Criminal Justice Improvements, Chair
  • ABA Task Force on Gatekeeper Regulation and the Profession, Member
  • ABA Task Force on the Attorney-Client Privilege, Member
  • ABA Standing Committee on Governmental Affairs, Past Chair
  • Past President, The American Judicature Society
  • Past President, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Miami
  • Past President, Spellman-Hoeveler American Inn of Court
  • Past President, Dade County Bar Association
  • Past President, Florida Bar Foundation
  • Past President, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Past Chair, ABA Section of Criminal Justice
  • Member, ABA House of Delegates

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Miami-Dade County Commission, Independent Review Panel, Chair
  • Chair, Board of Trustees of Transition, Inc.
  • Vice-president, The Friends of Gusman Performing Arts Center
  • Chair of the Board of Governors, The Bankers Club of Miami
  • Vice-chair, Florida Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • University of Miami School of Law, Advisory Board of the Center for Ethics and Public Service
  • University of Miami School of Law, Adjunct Professor
  • ALI-ABA Advisory Panel on Criminal Law
  • Advisory Board, Asset Forfeiture Watch
  • Advisory Board, Money Laundering Alert
  • Advisory Board, The National Law Journal

Representative Clients:

  • General Manuel Noriega
  • Jack Abramoff
  • MetLife

Educational Background:

  • University of Miami, B.A., 1967
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Office Location for Neal R. Sonnett

Two South Biscayne Boulevard
Suite 2600, One Biscayne Tower
Miami, FL 33131

Phone: 786-220-2456

Fax: 1-888-277-0333

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Last Updated: 10/2/2018

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