County Counsel Profiles
Deputy County Counsel
Sophia Choi joined the office in 2006 as a legal intern in the Code Enforcement Division and was admitted to the California State Bar in November 2006. She subsequently was assigned to the Juvenile Dependency Appellate Division in February 2007, drafting appellate briefs, including Respondent’s Briefs, responses to Writs of Habeas Corpus, and responses to various Writ Petitions. Ms. Choi has handled more than 80 juvenile dependency cases on appeal and has appeared and argued before the Fourth District Court of Appeals more than twenty times.
Ms. Choi is currently handling juvenile dependency cases in the Riverside County Superior Court, reviewing initial dependency petitions filed by the Department of Public Social Services, advising the Department of Public Social Services throughout each case, and appearing in court to litigate the petition from the initial hearing to its final disposition.
Ms. Choi received her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law through the SCALE Two-Year J.D. Program, receiving various recognitions, including the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Constitutional Perspectives. While in law school, Ms. Choi was an extern for the California Attorney General’s Office, Criminal Appeals, Writs, and Trials Division. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, graduating in only two years from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2003, where she was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society and the Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honors Society. Ms. Choi graduated from Notre Dame High School as Valedictorian.
Since 2009, Ms. Choi has been a member of the Leo A. Deegan Inn of Court. She is also a member of the Riverside County Bar Association and is an active member of the Bar Publications Committee and is also a member of Riverside County Barristers Association.
Ms. Choi is also a board member of the International Relations Council. Sophia Choi is an elected board member of the Riverside County Barristers Association.
Ms. Choi is admitted to practice in all state courts, the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Ms. Choi is fluent in Korean.