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Sonia Borbonus Murray
SBM Mediations

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Description of Practice

Sonia has been helping parties find common ground in solving complex legal issues and disputes for more than 25 years. She is fluent in: English, Spanish, Portuguese and German.

She has experience in multiple industry sectors including corporate law, governance contracts, M&A, issues involving corporate board/shareholder meetings and immigration.

As a successful corporate lawyer and mediator for both civil and family cases, Sonia has experience in analyzing complex problems and providing legal advice from a business perspective.

Professional Background

Specializes in corporate law, representing international entities in corporate formation, dissolution, governance, contracting, business transactions, immigration, employment and other corporate law matters throughout the United States, Europe, South America, Central America, Canada, Russia, Middle East and Asian entities.

Assisted in the start-up of domestic and foreign businesses in Brazil; served as Principal Counsel.

Served as Managing Director for eight foreign entities doing business in Brazil on a continuing basis, including taking all actions and making decisions to establish and furnish office space, hire employees and set up vendors for telecommunications.

Represented Austrian company specializing in sugar, oil, and coffee imports from Brazil (still serving in this role).

Legal counsel for German-Spanish company - leader of VOIP communications and a German company specialized in procurement and supply chain management.

Advised Brazilian national and international clients in the business, civil, labor and contract law.

Provided legal counsel for a Brazilian subsidiary of a US company, as part of a 20+ in-house legal department.


  • Mediated dozens of cases including civil and family law matters (reaching final resolution in 75% ) in both Spanish and English at the Dallas County Dispute Resolution Center-DCDRC.


    • Recipient of 2017 Impact Award (awarded to 4 mediators [of 250+] for making a positive impact on the profession

    • Mediator of the Month awarded by DCDRC, April 2017

  • Mediator at the SMU Mediation Clinic, Dallas, Texas, 2018 - Civil & Family cases

  • Mediator at JP4-1 with Judge Jones, Grand Prairie, Texas 2019 - Small and Debt Claims cases

  • Instructor of Family Law Training for Mediators. Collin College, Frisco Campus


  • Master of Law – LL.M. for Foreign Law School Graduates – Graduate in May 2018 SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas,TX

  • Business Management Course toward MBA, 2005-2006 University of São Paulo – Faculdade Ibirapuera, Business School - São Paulo, Brazil

  • Bachelor of Law (JD Equivalent), December 1994 University of Law – Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas-FMU- São Paulo, Brazil

  • Mediation & Dispute Resolution , 2015, Collin College, Frisco, TX

  • Family Law - Domestic Relation and Dispute Resolution, 2016, El Centro College, Dallas,TX
  • Training

    Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
    2018    SMU    LLM International Attorneys - Master of Law
    2016    El Centro College    Family Mediation - 40 hours
    2015    Collin College    Mediation & Dispute Resolution - 40 hours
    2006    University Ibirapuera    Course toward MBA - Business school
    1994    University of Law – Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas-FMU    Law degree


    $ 250 per hour, per party.

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    Other Information


    Texas Mediator Credentialing Association – TMCA

    Texas Association of Mediation – TMA

    Areas of Practice

    • Civil (general)
    • Community
    • Congregational
    • Contracts
    • Divorce (all issues)
    • Divorce (parenting)
    • Employment
    • Energy
    • Family
    • General
    • International
    • Marital Mediation
    • Oil and Gas
    • Online Mediation
    • Organizational
    • Partnership
    • Prenuptial
    • Real Estate
    • School/Education
    • Small Claims
    • Sports

    Professional Services

    • Mediator
    • Advanced Mediation Trainer
    • Mediation Consultant
    • Mediation Trainer
    • Mediating Lawyer
    • Collaborative Professional
    • Facilitator
    • Online Mediator
    • Parenting Coordinator