Sonia I. Torres Pabón


Sonia I. Torres Pabón, a former Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, is an experienced trial attorney. She has conducted numerous corporate investigations related to fraud and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as advised on the Bank Secrecy Act, the Anti-Money Laundering Act, the False Claims Act and drug diversion matters. 

Before entering private practice, Sonia was the Chief of the Criminal Division for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico and a formal naval judge advocate. During her 12-year tenure as an Assistant United States Attorney, she investigated and tried complex white-collar, violent crime, money-laundering and drug-trafficking cases. Sonia additionally argued numerous appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Sonia has commented on high-profile corruption cases out of the District of Puerto Rico for a variety of media outlets.

Bar admissionsPuerto Rico
CourtsUnited States District Court for the District of Puerto RicoUnited States Court of Appeals for the First CircuitSupreme Court of the United States


Sonia is experienced in corporate internal investigations, complex civil litigation, securities and the defense of individuals and corporations involved in criminal, regulatory and asset forfeiture proceedings. As a seasoned investigator, she has conducted various FCPA investigations and corporate investigations in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, among others.

Sonia has represented clients charged with conspiracy, honest service fraud, mail fraud, healthcare-related offenses and money laundering. In civil forfeiture proceedings, she obtained the return of over US$10 million, which had been seized by the DEA and IRS from individuals and corporations.

She has represented clients before FINRA and has conducted multiple FINRA mediations. She has additionally represented clients before the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions, the EPA, the Puerto Rico Public Service Commission, the Office of the Inspector General and the IRS. 
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • English
  • J.D., Inter American University of Puerto Rico 1986
    cum laude
  • J.D., Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico 1990


  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Puerto Rico for Criminal Defense, Litigation, and Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice (2020-2023)
  • "Lawyer Of The Year" by Best Lawyers in Puerto Rico for Criminal Defense (2021, 2023)
  • International Advisory Expert, White Collar Crime Award Winner in Puerto Rico (2022)
  • Global Corporate INTL Global Award in White-Collar in Puerto Rico (2022)
  • Global Law Experts (2022)

Prior Experience

Before joining DLA Piper, Sonia was a co-founding partner at a Puerto Rican law firm as well as co-chair of the government enforcement and white-collar practice at a major firm.

Sonia additionally served as Chief of the Criminal Division for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico and as a US Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps Officer.

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Member of the American College of Trial Lawyers (2016)