Our Attorneys

Kelsea Sona



University of New Mexico School of Law, Juris Doctor (Cum Laude), 2016
University of New Mexico School of Law, Law and Indigenous Peoples Program, Indian Law Certificate, 2016


Michigan State University, B.A. in Anthropology (Magna Cum Laude), 2011
Michigan State University, Museum Studies Certificate of Concentration, 2011

Ms. Sona was admitted to the State of New Mexico Bar in 2017, the District of Columbia Bar in 2018, and the Navajo Nation Bar in 2019.

During law school, Ms. Sona represented low-income Tribal members through the University of New Mexico Southwest Indian Law Clinic resolving civil and criminal matters arising under international, federal, state, and tribal law.  Her practice included the New Mexico District Court, and the Tribal courts of Isleta Pueblo, Laguna Pueblo and Zia Pueblo, as well as conducting peacemaking sessions. Ms. Sona also participated in the Madrid Summer Law Institute, studying abroad with classes in International Business Transactions and European Union Law.

Ms. Sona has considerable experience representing federal, state, local, and Tribal governments.  During law school, Ms. Sona served as a law clerk in Washington, D.C. for the United States Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Honors Program. She also worked as a law clerk in New Mexico for the Department of Cultural Affairs.

Prior to joining Robles, Rael & Anaya, P.C., Ms. Sona served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Albuquerque.  She advised on all aspects of air quality under a complex regulatory scheme involving the Clean Air Act, state law, and local law. She represented the City in air quality administrative rulemakings and adjudications, and federal proceedings involving Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.  Additionally, Ms. Sona previously practiced in the private sector representing Tribal Nations and Tribal entities in a variety of general and complex transactional and litigation matters, as well as advocating for policy changes in legislation and agency rulemakings.

In her personal time, Ms. Sona enjoys spending time with her family and cooking.  She is an avid baker, and delights in sharing her recipes and food with family and friends.

Cultural Heritage: The Silent Victim of Disasters


  • 2022 City of Albuquerque Glowing Employee – Legal Department
  • 2016 Cali Excellence for the Future Award for Ethics


  • American Bar Association, Committee Leadership and SEER Bridge Program Mentor

Bar Admissions & Certifications

  • State of New Mexico
  • District of Columbia (Inactive Status)
  • Navajo Nation (Inactive Status)