Sonia Low is the General Counsel of The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc., a publicly-traded, global hospitality company and the creator of the international restaurant brand STK®. In addition to developing, owning and operating upscale, high-energy restaurants and lounges, The ONE Group provides turn-key food and beverage services – ONE Hospitality® – for hotels, casinos and other high-end locations, such as the W Hotel, Cosmopolitan Hotel, Hippodrome Casino, ME Hotels and Hyatt Hotels. As General Counsel, Sonia advises the board, executive officers and employees of the company as well as oversee the legal affairs of the company and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Prior to joining The ONE Group as its first in-house counsel in 2014, she was the General Counsel and only in-house lawyer of Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc., a large nonprofit organization serving the Chinese-American, immigrant and low-income communities of New York City by providing social, educational and community services.
Ms. Low’s restaurant industry experience includes prior representation of companies such as Benihana and Patina Restaurant Group, at which she facilitated the acquisition of The Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group restaurants outside of New York. She also served as in-house corporate counsel at Credit Suisse where she represented private equity groups on legal and compliance matters and managed corporate risk, and at Automatic Data Processing, Inc. where she advised on securities laws and regulatory and compliance matters.
Ms. Low began her career at a major international law firm where she specialized in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and regulatory compliance. While working at the law firm, she spent one year at the Paris office advising European clients on U.S. securities, employment, tax, litigation and insurance laws. Ms. Low also led pro bono projects representing not-for-profit organizations such as Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Low served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ronald L. Ellis in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Low received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School where she was a merit-based scholarship recipient and managing editor of The Journal of International Law. A native of New York City, Ms. Low received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and her B.A from Columbia University.
Ms. Low currently serves on the Board of Directors of two organizations, Asian American Bar Association of New York and Apex for Youth. She is also a member of the Enhance Diversity in the Profession Committee at the New York City Bar Association. In 2016, she received the CUP Catalyst: Change Agent Award and a Brooklyn Law School APALSA Award for Overall Achievement and Contribution to the Legal Profession and as an Alumnae.