Blake Sonne

Blake Sonne serves as the General Counsel of Professional Oklahoma Educators (POE).  He has over 10 years of experience in all matters involving labor and employment law, general litigation matters, and education law.  Blake is an experienced trial lawyer who has represented numerous educators throughout Oklahoma in state and federal court as well as numerous administrative trials before Oklahoma school boards.  He has written many articles and lectures across Oklahoma on employment and education legal topics.  Blake is often invited to speak to Oklahoma educators on education legal issues including social media, state and federal employment laws affecting educators, and contract and general employment issues arising in public schools.    

Blake is a native of southern California who came to Oklahoma on a basketball scholarship where he played two years for Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, OK.  At NOC, he was selected as a NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-American and received the 1996 and 1997 NOC Male Athlete of the Year award.  Following a two-year church mission, Blake signed to play Division I basketball at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.  He earned his B.S. in Business Management degree, summa cum laude, in 2001 from Marist College.  While at Marist, he was selected as a NCAA District II Academic All-American.  Blake finished his playing career at Marist in the top 10 in 3 Point Shooting FG% and 3FG Made in Marist basketball history.  He was a 2000-01 Men’s Basketball Team Captain and also was chosen as the sole representative of MAAC Conference for the NCAA Division I coaches’ Student Basketball Council. 
 
Following his time at Marist, Blake earned his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, with highest honors.  During law school, he was a Comfort Scholar, graduated Order of the Coif, and served as Note Editor on the Editorial Board of the Oklahoma Law Review. His article on reasonable accommodation under the ADA is published in the Oklahoma Law Review, 57 Okla. L. Rev. 225 (2004). Following law school, Blake worked for McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma’s largest law firm, in the Litigation and Labor and Employment practice groups.
 
Blake is admitted to practice law before the Oklahoma Supreme Court, the Western District of Oklahoma, the Northern District of Oklahoma, the Eastern District of Oklahoma, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He resides in Norman with his wife T.J. and their six children.