28 www.lawyer-monthly.com Nicole, can you walk us through your journey from law school to becoming the Founding Attorney of Sodano Law PLLC? Well, it’s been quite a journey. Right after law school, I simultaneously took and passed the FL and NJ Bar exams. Then, during the next Bar testing period (Bar exams only happen twice per year) I took and passed the NY Bar. After that, I was hired to help start a law firm that did work throughout the country dealing with creditor/debtor issues. So, right from the start, I hit the ground running, helping to establish a law firm while also practicing in all three states where I was admitted. After that, I went on to work as an associate at a nationally recognized Plaintiff’s toxic tort firm in NYC, helping victims who were diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer, and asbestosis. After several years practicing in NY, I decided that I wanted to move back to FL. That’s when I got into First Party Property, which I have been doing for the past five-plus years. I have always been a Plaintiff’s lawyer and take pride in helping the everyday person against a large corporation that has wronged them. I started my own firm after the birth of my second son. I decided that it was time to stop working for others and work for myself so that I could be in control of the types of cases I retained and the way I wanted to work them. Thus far, I have retained over $1 million dollars on behalf of my clients who suffered losses due to Hurricane Ian. Nicole Sodano Esq. 66 W. Flagler St., Suite 900, Miami, FL 33130 Tel: (786) 744-2730 www.sodano-law.com Founding Attorney Sodano Law PLLC Civil Litigation Lawyer of the Year Nicole Sodano stands at the helm of Sodano Law PLLC as the Founding Attorney, bringing with her a dynamic and robust history in the legal realm. Her journey, marked by a commitment to advocacy and an unwavering pursuit of justice, has seen her rise through the competitive ranks of the legal field to establish her own practice. With a record of challenging the status quo and championing the rights of those pitted against larger entities, Sodano’s career is a testament to her legal acumen and dedication to her clients. As we sit down with her, Nicole reflects on the path that led her to the forefront of property law and the advocacy of policyholders, sharing insights that underscore her prominence in the sphere of legal experts dedicated to giving a voice to the underserved.