Vestry Bios – Sonja M. Shea

Sonja M. Shea

has been a regular member at St. Luke’s for over five years now.

She spent most of her life in what used to be called West Germany. Her father worked for an international steel company and she spent much of her childhood traveling around Europe, Mexico, Algeria. Her mother, two older brothers and many other family members still live back in Germany.

Her son Dustin was born in 1990, and then she started her law career, initially working in the District Attorney’s Office, at court or at city hall. She then worked for over 17 years as an attorney in private practice with a small law firm. “For over 20 years, I represented families, upheld mortgages, protected clients from damages or helped clients seek damages. I’ve helped families in difficult times and also sent people to jail.”

When her son went to college in 2012, Sonja came to the U.S. and settled in Duarte. “It was a dream come true to be so close to Los Angeles. My husband Jim and I enjoy discovering this amazing place.” She currently works in property management, still managing the legal end with leases, but also now spending just as much time with plumbers, electricians and contractors (that is, when she’s not knitting shawls or baking fresh bread for the welcome table).