Christina Bruner Sonsire

Christina Bruner Sonsire

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Elmira, NY

Ziff Law Firm, LLP
 | 303 William Street, Box 1338
Elmira, NY 14902-1338
Phone: 607-733-8866
Fax: 607-732-6062
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2013 - 2016
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Christina joined the Ziff Law Firm in March 2008.  Specializing in the areas Medical Malpractice and catastrophic Personal Injury, Christina loves being in the courtroom and is eager to continue developing her trial advocacy skills.

    Christina graduated from Georgetown University in 1998, earning dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Classics and International Relations and studying International Economics abroad at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Christina played on the Georgetown Women’s Soccer Team where she served as the team’s captain during her junior and senior years. A prolific scorer, Christina held Georgetown’s records for the most career goals and assists from 1998 through 2010.

    Upon graduating from Georgetown, Christina joined Americorps’ National Civilian Community Corps, a volunteer program often referred to as the “domestic Peace Corps.” Serving in the NCCC for nearly three years and performing over 6,500 hours of community service, Christina had an opportunity to travel the country and work with a myriad of organizations including Habitat for Humanity in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Branson, Missouri, the Colorado Division of Wildlife in Fruita, Colorado, the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Eastern North Carolina, Rails-to-Trails in St. Louis, Missouri, Texas Disaster Response in Cuero, Texas, Excelsior Juvenile Delinquent Services in Aurora, Colorado, and the Police Activities League in Star, Texas.

    Giving in to her love of the outdoors, Christina moved to Missoula, Montana after graduating from AmeriCorps where she enrolled in the University of Montana’s School of Law. At Montana Law School Christina received the prestigious Thomas A. & Elizabeth C. Colton and the Dorothy Ann Allen Hatfield Scholarships and was a member of the school’s highly selective Moot Court team where she was a Moot Court National finalist and was named a “Best Oralist” in the Western Region. Developing a keen interest in Indian Law, Christina participated in the International Conference for Indigenous People at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland in 2002 and worked in the law school’s Indian Law Clinic where she offered free legal services to Montana’s Indian tribes.

    Like Adam Gee, Christina began her legal career at the Chemung County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney. A felony prosecutor, Christina specialized in violent crimes against women and children and worked closely with Chemung County’s Child Advocacy Center to insure the rights of victims were respected and the needs of families were met. Christina took a brief leave during her tenure at the District Attorney’s Office to work at Davidson and O’Mara, P.C., where she practiced personal injury and municipal defense, gaining valuable experience from which she draws at Ziff Law. Christina has extensive courtroom trial experience and has successfully argued before New York’s Court of Appeals for the Third Department.

    Christina, along with fellow Ziff Law injury attorneys, Jim Reed and Adam Gee, publishes the NYInjuryLawBlog that is a great source of information about many aspects of N.Y. law and answers the questions that many folks have such as: What is no-fault insurance and what does that mean? What kind of insurance should I have on my motorcycle? What should I do if I get hurt in a car crash? You can visit the blog by clicking here.

    Christina also enjoys lecturing with the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers.  In 2010 Christina traveled across the state, lecturing in six cities to over 500 New York lawyers about Jury Selection.

    Christina lives in Elmira with her husband, Damian Sonsire, a Chemung County Assistant District Attorney, and her young daughter, Laurel Grayce. She is a member of the Notre Dame High School Board of Trustees and the Arctic League Board of Directors.  In recognition of service to her community, Christina was awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service in 2007. In her spare time Christina enjoys running with the Finger Lakes Runners Club, riding her snowboard and hiking on the many trails running through the Southern Tier.  Christina recently ran the Boston and Philadelphia Marathons, posting a personal best time of 3:01:11 in Philadelphia. To read Christina’s race reports in the Finger Lakes Runners Club’s newsletter go to http://www.fingerlakesrunners.org/newsletter/2007/May/May2007.pdf (Boston report,) and http://www.fingerlakesrunners.org/newsletter/2007/December/Dec2007.pdf (Philadelphia report.)

    Christina can be reached at [email protected] or by calling 607.733.8866.

    About Christina Bruner Sonsire

    Admitted: 2005, New York

    Professional Webpage: http://www.zifflaw.com/lawyers/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Membership, Multi-Millio Dollar Advocates Forum, 2016
    • Received the President's Award from the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers., 2012
    • Received the Jefferson Awards, a recognition of achievements and contributions through public and community service., Jefferson Award for Public Service, 2007

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Jury Selection in New York State: How to Get the Most out of Voir Dire.  Taught Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Manhatten and Long Island on the topic of jury selection.  The lecture and written materials were aimed at the newer practitioner, but inegrated more sophisticated aproaches as well., Lecturer, Jury Selection in New York State: How to Get the Most out of Voir Dire, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, New York State Academy Of Trial Lawyers, 2011
    • Depositions for Dummies (And Not So Dummies).  Taught Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Manhatten and Long Island on the topic of deposition skills.  The lecture and written materials were aimed at the newer practitioner, but inegrated more sophisticated aproaches as well., Lecturer/Writer, Depositions for Dummies (And Not So Dummies), New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2016
    • You Had Me At Hello.  Taught Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Manhatten and Long Island on the topic of how to deliver an effective opening statement at trial.  The lecture and written materials were aimed at the newer practitioner, but inegrated more sophisticated aproaches as well., Lecturer/Writer, You Had Me At Hello, 2012

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Brandenburg v. Patricia Brown, CME, Bassett Healthcare and the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital.    This was an Erb's Palsy case involving a seven year old girl who was injured at birth.  The jury awarded $2,100,000.  The defendants never offered any money toward settlement. , 2013
    • $525,000 settlement in a wrongful death/medical malpractice action.  The details of the settlement are confidential., 2016
    • $1,150,000 in a worngful death/personal injury action.  A husband and wife were sitting in a parked car along a highway when they were rear-ended.  The husband died nearly instantly, and his wife sustained a mild traumatic brain injury., 2015
    • Maryanne Greblewski v. Highland Hospital, et al.  $550,000 verdict in Chemung County.  Plaintiff, age 81, sustained a proximal humerus fracture after tripping over a concrete parking stop at Highland Hospital.  The injury required five months of conservative treatment and no surgery.  Defendant offered $20,000 prior to trial.
    • $875,000 settlement for a client who sustained severe injuries to his hip and pelvis following a motor vehicle crash., 2015
    • $6,900,000 settlement in a medical malpractice action.  The details of the settlement are confidential., 2016
    • $600,000 settlement in a wrongful death/medical malpractice action.  The details of the settlment are confidential., 2015

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Induction, Georgetown University Athletic Hall of Fame.  First women's soccer player to be inducted., 2016

    Industry Groups

    • American Academy Of Justice
    • Chemung County Bar Association
    • New York State Academy Of Trial Lawyers
    • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
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    Office Location for Christina Bruner Sonsire

    303 William Street
    Box 1338
    Elmira, NY 14902-1338

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    Last Updated: 4/2/2020

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