Financial Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights Group
While watching the television series “Matlock” as a child in Jamaica, West Indies, Natasha Songonuga had an epiphany about her future. She would become a lawyer. From observing her late grandmother, who was widowed at 40 years old and singlehandedly raised nine children along with those she took in, Songonuga learned that if you truly wish to make a lasting impression on someone’s life, you have to catch that individual at a young age. To that end, Songonuga, a director at Gibbons P.C. in Wilmington, Delaware, represents children in the Delaware foster care system through the Gibbons Pro Bono Program and as a volunteer with Delaware’s Office of the Child Advocate. This work allows her to mentor them and share her own stories, she says. “I remember as a child growing up thinking that I didn’t ask to be born. Parents have a responsibility for the children they bring into the world. Kids’ voices don’t always get heard.”
At home, Songonuga instills in her three children the importance of hard work, perseverance and believing in your dream. Her own dream came true this year when she was made a partner at Gibbons, in recognition of her exceptional skills and service and the many ways in which she always seeks to be of benefit to the firm.
Songonuga obtained a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Rutgers University, and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, at Seton Hall University School of Law. At Gibbons, she serves in the financial restructuring and creditor’s rights department. She took the bar exam in Delaware, home to myriad bankruptcy filings, in order to become the go-to attorney at Gibbons. “I love to dance,” she confesses. “I also aspire to one day run a home for girls involved in the welfare system and assist them to develop happy, productive lives.”