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Sonia Valdez

Sonia Valdez

Senior Counsel

eBay, Inc.

Sonia is a leader with a demonstrated ability to perform beyond expectations in a fast-paced, growth-minded environment. She is a trusted advisor to high-performing business teams, with the ability to effectively prioritize, manage ambiguity, and drive alignment.

As Senior Counsel at eBay, Sonia acts as the lead attorney for eBay’s externally-facing divisions (Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations) and several of the company’s product verticals (Sneakers, Trading Cards, and Hard Goods), which are cornerstones of the company’s current strategy in the Americas. Sonia also manages eBay’s legal teams in Canada and Mexico, focusing on developing eBay’s market penetration and strategic partnerships in America’s growth markets.

Sonia’s role is varied and provides new challenges daily. Her work centers on consumer protection, intellectual property, commercial drafting and negotiation, and strategic business advice, though she is most proud of her ability to shape and develop a team known for creativity, practicality, and deep strategic thinking.

As part of a small team working on high-visibility, complex projects, much of Sonia’s work has focused on prioritization, efficiency, and impact. At the root of this work are strong relationships across organizations, from beginning employees to VPs and project leads.

Before moving in-house, Sonia was a Senior Associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, where she practiced high-stakes intellectual property litigation. Before joining Orrick, Sonia was a legal fellow at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of San Francisco, where she led the organization’s economic justice initiative. Sonia completed her JD at Stanford Law School and graduated magna cum laude from Pomona College with departmental distinction in English Literature.

In addition to being a full-time attorney, Sonia is currently also a full-time teacher, art docent, and storyteller to her two young children. While she has not yet demonstrated any culinary abilities, she expertly manages the online procurement department of her Silicon Valley household.

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