Sonia S. Shariff

Sonia S. Shariff



  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 2010, J.D., magna cum laude, Law Review, Topics Editor; Order of the Coif
  • University of California, Los Angeles, 2005, M.S., Chemistry
  • Bates College, 2003, B.S., magna cum laude, Chemistry

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Sonia joined Reed Smith in 2012 and is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. Her practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, including patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights.

Sonia’s patent litigation experience has focused on pleadings, numerous aspects of discovery, and Claim Construction. The litigations have involved a variety of technologies and industries, such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices and integrated circuitry.

She also assists clients in developing and maintaining their intellectual property rights, both foreign and domestic, with special emphasis on filing and prosecution of trademark applications, opposition proceedings, and trademark infringement. Sonia also assists clients in protecting their Internet brand identity through trademark enforcement activities directed to domain name issues, privacy policies and website terms of use.

Sonia also has considerable experience in the pharmaceutical industry, having worked for both start-ups and large pharmaceutical companies in the U.S. and U.K. In particular, she gained extensive knowledge about regulatory affairs and FDA issues.

Employment History

  • 2012 - Reed Smith
  • 2011 - Pietragallo LLP

Honors & Awards

  • Named a Pennsylvania Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine (2015 - 2016)