Ms. Cotton is Executive Recruiter and Founder of Sonja Cotton & Associates, LLC and has over 25+ years combined legal consulting/recruiting and law firm experience. She opened Sonja Cotton & Associates’ office in 2003 and has since grown her business substantially in the last 15 years to include a national presence. Her prior experience includes a role as an Attorney Recruitment Coordinator overseeing the attorney hiring and law clerk programs for a large downtown Phoenix law firm. She then ventured out of the law firm environment and joined a national recruitment agency where Ms. Cotton gained valuable industry and marketing experience and further honed her negotiation skills to handle most financially-related salary and partner-level transactions. Having now gained both law firm and corporate recruiting experience, she was more than ready to take the next exciting career move in 2000, along with her entrepreneurial spirit, to start her first successful legal placement agency, Biltmore Legal Consultants, as one of four founding partners.
Today, Sonja Cotton & Associates is a solutions-based recruitment agency with over 500+ clients specializing in attorney and legal support staff placements within law firms and corporate legal departments on a temporary or direct hire basis. Due to Ms. Cotton’s diverse and extensive legal career, she has gained tremendous market knowledge, years of consulting experience, and strong community relationships that have groomed her for success. With her combined law firm and corporate training in human resources, the art of negotiating and recruiting, she is a frequent speaker regarding the interview process, marketing, professional branding and current hiring trends in the modern legal market.
Sonja Cotton is originally from the East Coast and has lived in Phoenix, Arizona since 1984. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, weight lifting, walking her dogs Max and Happy Jack, oil painting large format modern art, and spending quality time with her family.