Sonja E. Blomquist
During the 34 years I have worked for Low, Ball & Lynch, I have handled over 3,000 asbestos cases, for over 150 different clients and I have tried multiple cases to verdict.
I love my job, even more now that I am the Managing Shareholder.
Car accident cases in the 1980’s gave me early trial experience, then I worked for contractor and developer clients in construction defect litigation.
I began handling asbestos cases in the mid-‘80’s, and I have led the Environmental Team at Low, Ball and Lynch since then.
Venues of our cases include San Francisco, Alameda, Los Angeles, Solano, Shasta, Orange County, San Diego, and Sacramento.
Other toxic tort claims add some spice! Mold, silica, dry cleaning solutions, VOC’s, sodium hypochlorite, and others round out the count.
Representing public entities in asbestos cases enables the use of Government Code defenses that can get results. In a recent wrongful death case against a regional transportation entity, plaintiff’s attorney engaged in intensive discovery requiring a search of decades old records. When plaintiff died, her attorney filed an untimely wrongful death claim and we collected our dismissal. The maze of bureaucracy nets important information from each source to create a comprehensive defense.
How did I get here?
During a family vacation to Colorado, we drove to the top of Pikes Peak and I saw snow in the summer! Growing up in the Midwest, I knew snow in the summer was impossible, and decided that Colorado was enchanted. I returned for college and graduated from the University of Colorado with a Phi Beta Kappa key.
San Francisco beckoned me farther west and I graduated from Hastings in 1981, joining the bars of California and Colorado. At Hastings, I worked for the California Supreme Court, the U.S. Attorney General’s office and the University of California Attorney General’s office. After a one year clerkship with Judge Aurel Kelley at the Colorado Court of Appeals, I joined Low, Ball & Lynch in 1982.
My travels include Africa, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, France, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Belize, Brazil and Cuba. The Wild West of North America is still my favorite! Since I already live in San Francisco, I left my heart in Paris.