Using her combined 25 years of experience, first as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and now as an attorney, Sonya Smith-Valentine has had a successful legal career winning cases against credit bureaus, credit card companies, banks and collection agencies for unlawful activity.
Sonya is also a powerful keynote speaker and consultant. She is passionate about educating individuals about personal finance. Sonya speaks professionally across the country motivating people on how to keep debt and credit problems from having a devastating effect on their careers.
Sonya is frequently interviewed by newspapers, magazines and television networks on debt collection issues, credit reports and other important personal finance issues. Sonya is a contributing author to “The GlamourLESS Side of Entreprenuership: What They Didn’t Teach You About Being a Woman in Business”. She has also written several articles regarding consumer law.
Sonya received her law degree from Brooklyn Law School and her Bachelors of Science degree in Accountancy from Villanova University. She is admitted to practice law in Maryland, the District of Columbia, New York, and Connecticut.
Sonya previously worked for both Price Waterhouse Coopers and Deloitte & Touché. She was formerly an Adjunct Professor in the area of accountancy at Howard Community College.