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Sonya L. Pence

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Phone: (850) 748-0981
Fax: (850) 564-0207

1211 W Garden St
Pensacola, Florida 32502

The Law Office of Sonya L. Pence is dedicated to upholding our core values of Competence, Communication, and Commitment. We zealously represent veterans facing important, complex, legal hurdles, while continuing to deal with their longstanding, often misunderstood, medical and psychological conditions. Our Firm understands the importance of knowing each veteran as a person who is facing the immense resources and power of a government agency that is in serious disarray. We are dedicated to assisting our clients to reach the best possible outcome, while supporting the veterans’ need to focus on their health, families, and living their lives with dignity.

Attorney Pence is accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to represent claimants in all 50 States, at all stages of their VA Appeals. Additionally, Attorney Pence is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Washington, D.C., where she has successfully litigated disability claims. As part of her commitment to including a strong Pro Bono section in The Law Office of Sonya L. Pence, she has served as an invited Mock Trial Judge at Yale University, New Haven, CT. Attorney Sonya L. Pence is a Sustaining Member of the National Association of Veterans' Advocates (NOVA).

Since 1993, Attorney Pence has zealously represented clients facing complex, serious legal issues. Attorney Pence understands the importance of getting to know each client as a whole person, and to listening carefully to every client’s story. The Law Office of Sonya L. Pence is committed to helping you to put your best case forward.

In 2009, Attorney Pence relocated back to her hometown of Pensacola, where she now concentrates her practice exclusively for the benefit of our veterans and their loved ones.


J.D., Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA, 1993

With Honors; Senior Editor, Dicta; Moot Court; member, Suffolk Voluntary Defenders. While at Suffolk Law, Ms. Pence served a one year internship at the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, Boston, MA, where she researched, analyzed and drafted litigation reports for case referrals to the U.S. Department of Justice

B.S., Psychology, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL, 1989

With High Honors. While attending UWF, Ms. Pence conducted research on Adolescent Suicide, while volunteering at The Lakeview Center, Pensacola, FL. She co-authored the research paper, and was an invited speaker to the Southeastern Psychological Association, 1988.

A.S., Registered Nursing, Pensacola State College, 1975

With Honors; member of PhiThetaKappa. As a nursing student, Ms. Pence volunteered with United Cerebral Palsy, Pensacola, FL, and was awarded The Volunteer of the Year.

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
U.S. District Court , Northern District Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
Supreme Court of Alabama
Supreme Judical Court of Massachusetts
U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

National Organization of Veterans Advocates

National Association of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives

VetProBono Project, Volunteer Attorney

American Bar Association
Sections on Health Care and Administrative Law

Legal Specialties and Certifications

Accredited Attorney, U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Accredited for the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for Veterans benefits before the Department of Veteran Affairs, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims. (CAVC).


S.Pence, Evaluation of Crisis Lines in Reaching Adolescent Suicide Attempters, Educational Resource Information Center, Washington, D.C. (Nol CG 02 1064, 1988)

Featured Pro Bono Activities

Veterans Consortium. Volunteer Attorney for Veterans at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims.