Sonya Bishop

Sonya C. Bishop

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Sonya is an associate in Baker McKenzie's Global Tax Practice Group in New York. She advises on civil and criminal tax controversies, representing clients in administrative and judicial proceedings. Before joining Baker McKenzie, Sonya served as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Richard T. Morrison and the Hon. Christian N. Weiler of the US Tax Court.

Practice Focus

Sonya concentrates her practice on advising US and non-US clients on all facets of tax dispute resolution. She works with individuals and businesses in a diversity of industries, including clients working in the life sciences, technology, and non-profit sectors.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Obtained historically low sentence for European-based investment banker in major offshore criminal tax case.

  • Represented lead individual in DOJ criminal investigation into an overseas military fuel business operating post 9/11.

  • Obtained full abatement of Bank Secrecy Act penalty for failures to report account information.

  • Representing major pharmaceutical company in transfer pricing dispute with IRS.


  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia~United States (2023)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (2023)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York~United States (2022)
  • US Tax Court~United States (2020)
  • New York (2020)


  • Temple University Beasley School of Law (JD, magna cum laude, Executive Editor - Temple Law Review, Order of the Coif) (2018)
  • Princeton University (BA) (2010)