“Sonia Melnikova is a fine translator, excellent, very intelligent, and would be a huge asset on any case. She's got to be the smartest and most resourceful translator I have ever met! I would recommend her to anyone who asked, she is amazing!”

— Elizabeth M. Falk, AFPD, Federal Public Defender Office, San Francisco

“Sonia Melnikova is highly professional, skilled in her discipline and adept at handling the twists and turns of a deposition. Without question, I would use her for any deposition, trial or court appearance.”

— John F. Baum, Partner, Curiale Dellaverson Hirschfeld & Kraemer,
San Francisco - Los Angeles

“Sonia Melnikova is an exceptional Russian linguist. Our Language Agency has a long-standing relationship with Ms Melnikova. She has always showed great professionalism. She handles every project with the highest work standards. She has translated Web sites, marketing material, various legal documents, and interpreted in Court for our agency. Thank you Sonia for being around!”

— Francine Kuipers, President, Accent on Languages, Berkeley

“Sonia Melnikova was retained by me both as a translator and interpreter in depositions lasting several months which involved particularly sensitive clients and witnesses. In addition to excellent knowledge of modern Russian and English languages, it also required knowledge of highly specialized, esoteric, and difficult vocabularies and familiarity with archaic usages, including translation of voluminous archival documents in old church slavonic language. Besides fluency and adaptability, this job work required a good deal of research in creating an acceptable glossary. Throughout Sonia performed at the highest professional level. I certainly recommend her.”

John M. Bentley, Partner, Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley, Redwood City

“Sonia, thank you very much for your help during our INS interview. Your presence and professional assistance made Nadia and me feel more confident. I have referred you to my friend who will also need an interpreter in the San Francisco immigration court.”

— Andrei and Nadia Gorkov, San Francisco

“I'd like to thank you for prompt and qualified service in providing an excellent translation of my diploma and academic records which were accepted by the university I applied for without a glitch.”

— Pavel Yefanau, San Francisco

Clients Include:

The International Center for Economic Growth (ICEG), The Committee for Nuclear Responsibility, Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), Committee for Nuclear Responsibility, World Affairs Council, University of California, Citibank, Cisco Systems, IBM, OSIsoft, Inc., Reliant Resources, Dewars, Inc., Topkon, Inc., MEMC Electronics, MediTech International, Asia Foundation, Earth Island Institute, Wild Salmon Foundation, World Affairs Council, The Church of Scientology, B'nai B'rith International, APCO Worldwide, Inc., Development Alternatives Inc., Agland Investment Services, Inc., California State University, Academy for Educational Development, Global Ministries, AllState, Inc., State Farm, Insurance, AAA, Low Ball & Lynch, Stimmel, Stimmel & Smith, Leach Keker & Van Nest, McGreevy Elliassen & Leach, Walker & Durham, Robinson & Wood, Bishop Barry Howe Haney & Ryder, Morgan, Ruby Schofield & Fredkin, Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley, Stimel Stimel & Smith, Allswang Smith & Wallsh, Valerian & Holmberg, La Folette Johnson De Haas & Fesler, Santana George Preston & Steffen, Knox & Ricksen, Presholt Petak Lleeger & Fidone, Nogle Klug & Winters, J.Gary McAuliffe, Melan & Partners, SAFECO Ins. Co., Wartele & Weaver, Valerian Patterson Field & McGraw, Sonnenschei Nath & Rosenthal, Pave & Bogaards, Huster & Schneider, Nelson Perlov & Lee, Hedani & Choy, Mannign & Marder, Smith Walsh & Brisbin, Walker & Hamilton, Jackson & Wallace, Bryan Barnet Miller Norton & Melnik, Scott Joachim, Quinn & Emanuel, McMorris & Carbone, Gray McAuliffe, Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft, McGlynn McLorg & Ritchie, Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, Santochi Gable & Dwayer, Edrington Schrimer & Murphy, Titchell Maltzman Mark Bass Ohleyer & Mishel, Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft, Ken Noda Devine & Segal, Bronson & Bronson, Clap & Morone, Andersen & James, Leach McGreevy & Bautista, Legal Assistance to the Elderly Inc., JAMS Endispute, Esquire Deposition Services, Sideman and Bancroft, Languages Unlimited, Access language Services, Atlas Translations, California Translation International, Bay Area Council for Jewish Rescue and Renewal, Energy Conservation Consulting, IDEM Interpreters, Inc., Bay Area Interpreting & Translation, Chinatown CDC, Lexis International Translations, Diversified Language Institute, Bowne Global Solutions, KERN California Corporation, International Contact, Inc., TechTrans International, ENLASO Corporation, Captions, Inc., CIRCA Film+Video, The Criterion DVD Collection

Certified Russian translation by a Certified Russian Translator: Sonia Melnikova-Raich is a Russian-English translator certified by American Translators Association (ATA). She is a certified Russian translator, certified Russian interpreter, certified court interpreter, Russian court interpreter certified by the State of California and Judicial Council of California, and a federal court interpreter. She has twenty years experience with expertise in legal translation, business translation, real estate translation, health care translation, medical translation, education translation, environment translation, communication translation, social services translation, social science translation, marketing and advertising translation and cultural adjustment, religion translation, art, film and video translation, architecture translation, and literary translation from Russian into English and from English into Russian. She works as a court interpreter for Superior Court of California, US Federal Court, USCIS (INS), Workers Compensation Board, and interprets for depositions, arbitration, trials, immigration and political asylum interviews, business meetings, and conferences. She provides certified translation of diplomas, academic transcripts, birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, divorce certificates, adoption papers, immigration documents, business contracts, immunization records, and other legal documents in compliance with requirements of the USCIS (INS), US courts, credentials evaluation services, medical boards, boards of registered nursing, American colleges and universities. She can also provide a certificate of translation (affidavit of translation or affidavit of translation accuracy), and notarized translation, if needed. She translates from English into Russian and from Russian into English. She interprets English to Russian and Russian to English, performing consecutive interpreting, simultaneous interpreting, sight interpreting, and voice over. Other services include linguistic analysis of company and product names, localization and cultural adjustment, Russian-American cross-cultural communication, cultural sensitivity training, and cross-cultural conflict resolution.