Sonya Smith Wright is a graduate of the Emory University School of Law, where she was inducted into the Order of the Barristers for outstanding oral advocacy and legal writing. She is an experienced litigator with a wealth of diverse experiences. Wright began her career with a large defense firm in its civil litigation department, where she participated in several state jury trials and successfully defended a multimillion dollar lawsuit in federal court for a national hotel chain. She also tried one of the first medical malpractice cases to ever go to arbitration in Tennessee obtaining a full defense verdict.
Wright then became the managing partner of the Tennessee office of a Tampa, Florida based law firm concentrating on first party litigation. In this capacity, Wright began representing homeowners and business owners against insurance companies who wrongfully denied claims. Through this experience, she has helped families, elderly couples, newlyweds, and a host of others who have suffered a catastrophic loss to their home or business from flooding, hail, tornado, fire, and sinkhole, as well as other natural disasters. Wright has also helped individuals who have lost loved ones recover from life insurance policies.
Wright then joined Farrar as an owner and member of a business firm in Murfreesboro where she currently combines her two backgrounds – first party litigation and business litigation. This strategic partnership has allowed Wright to better advise and serve all of her clients.
Wright has a passion for advising business owners. She has drafted arbitration agreements, worked with clients on non-compete agreements, and designed discovery plans for businesses that can be used throughout the country to help cut costs and ensure a strong and consistent defense if that time comes. Wright works with her clients to make strategic decisions that are best for the business, which sometimes means avoiding litigation.
Giving back to the community is important to Wright. Wright represents pro bono clients, serves at the Greenhouse Ministries Legal Clinic, and helped establish the Modest Means Initiative in Nashville. She has served on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Wilson County, the Monroe Carell Junior Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and is currently active in the Murfreesboro Noon Lions Club, CABLE, and the Perfect 36 Society which focuses on raising awareness of the 19th Amendment. Wright was awarded the Lewis Donelson Public Service Award for her community service and was named a 2014 Super Lawyers Mid-South Rising Star in the area of business litigation. Wright was also recently named an Attorney for Justice by the Tennessee Supreme Court for her pro bono work.
Wright grew up on a tobacco and cattle farm just outside of Lebanon, Tennessee, where she and her sisters were involved in 4-H and FFA. Wright has remained active in her agriculture roots and has served as the state advisor for the Tennessee Junior Angus Association, a director on the Tennessee Angus Association Board of Directors, and the Beef Superintendent of the Tennessee State Fair. She lives on a farm outside of Lebanon with her husband, son and daughter.