Sonja R. Tate Biography

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Sonja was born in Forrest City, Arkansas, but spent several years moving around the Southeast, spending time in Lexington and Charleston, before her family finally settled in Tega Cay, South Carolina, where she graduated from Fort Mill High School in Fort Mill, South Carolina in 1989.  From there, she traveled to Athens, Georgia to attend the University of Georgia, where she received her undergraduate and law degrees in 1993 and 1996, respectively.

After graduating from law school, Sonja moved to Thomson, Georgia, where she clerked for the Honorable E. Purnell Davis and Roger W. Dunaway, Jr. of the Toombs Judicial Circuit.  She has been with Fulcher Hagler LLP since August of 1999, becoming a partner in 2004.  In that time, Sonja has developed a varied litigation practice, trying cases involving personal injury, insurance coverage, construction defects, contract disputes, fraud, premises liability, contested probate matters and domestic disputes across Georgia and South Carolina.  She’s also a strong advocate of alternative dispute resolution.

Sonja has been appointed a Community Member of the Georgia Health Sciences University Conflict of Interest Panel and is also an active member of The Church of the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Augusta, GA. In the past, Sonja has served as President of the Toombs Circuit Bar Association and on the Executive Board of the Young Lawyers of Augusta. Currently, Sonja is a member of the Defense Research Institute, the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association and the Augusta Bar Association, where she serves as a Member at Large on the Executive Committee. Other activities include hiking, biking and visiting our National Parks.

Representative Cases

  • State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Adams, 288 Ga. 315, 702 S.E.2d 898 (2010)
  • GEICO General Insurance Co. v. Wright, 299 Ga. App. 280, 682 S.E.2nd 369 (2009)
  • Livingston v. Taylor, 284 Ga. App. 638, 644 S.E.2nd 483 (2007)

Professional Memberships

  • Augusta Bar Association, President
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute