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Stephen H. Ratliff

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Attorney Stephen H. Ratliff

Stephen H. Ratliff , of Counsel

Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Phone: (703) 691-3330
Fax: (703) 691-3175

Attorney Stephen H. Ratliff became of counsel to the firm in 2012.  He has over 25 years experience as a civil litigation attorney having litigated over 1,000 cases. He has tried over 50 jury trials and over 200 bench trials representing individuals and businesses in areas such as business and commercial disputes, personal injury, professional negligence, wills and estates, contracts, torts, professional administrative regulations, employment cases and bankruptcy.  He advises business and commercial clients on matters ranging from business entity formation, contracts, employment practices, non-compete agreements, collection matters, leasing issues, prosecution/defense of business torts, defense of claims of negligence, fraud, and consumer law issues and sports law.  He also guides health care professionals regarding professional licensure issues, administrative hearings, personal liability for claims of negligence, contracts and employment issues.  Mr. Ratliff has significant experience in legal ethics as demonstrated by service on regulatory bodies and as an author and lecturer.  He has also served as both a mediator and arbitrator for over 15 years. 

Mr. Ratliff is active in a number of professional organizations promoting professionalism, ethics and trial advocacy skills. Since 1994, he has worked as an NCAA football official for Division 1 (FCS), 2 and 3.  

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Business Formations
  • Contract disputes
  • Personal injury
    • Auto Accidents
    • Premises liability
    • Workplace safety
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Employment law
  • Wills and Estate litigation
  • Automotive law
  • Consumer law
  • Professional regulation
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia: 1984
  • District of Columbia: 1985
  • Maryland: 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit:
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia:
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia:
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia:
  • U.S. District Court District of Columbia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia


  • University of Tennessee, College of Law
    • J.D. 1984
  • East Tennessee State University
    • B.S. (Cum Laude) – 1981
    • A.S. – 1980

Teaching/Lectures/Published Works

  • Georgetown University Law Center/National Institute for Trial Advocacy [Faculty member for Intensive Session in Trial Advocacy Skills, 2000- Present]
  • Nuts and Bolts of General District Court Civil Practice [Speaker and author of materials on Ethical Considerations and Pitfalls of General District Court Civil Practice, sponsored by the Fairfax Bar Association General District Court Committee, September 13, 2006.]
  • Experts and Hearsay [Moderator and co-author of materials for program presented at Fairfax Bar Association Bench and Bar Convention, The Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia, November 11, 2005.]
  • Practical Legal Ethics in Virginia: Issues and Answers [Speaker and co-author of materials for seminar sponsored by National Business Institute, June 16, 1999; May 29, 2002.]
  • Practical Legal Ethics in Washington, D.C.: Issues and Answers [Speaker and co-author of materials for seminar sponsored by National Business Institute, March 21, 1999.]
  • Obtaining Judgments on Small Claims in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia [Speaker and author of materials presented to the Greater Washington Shorthand Reporters Association, June 14, 1997.]
  • Pretrial Skills Series; Part VI: Negotiating and Obtaining Settlements [Moderator/Speaker for program presented by the District of Columbia Bar (Litigation Section) and George Washington University National Law Center Continuing Legal Education Program, February 24, 1994.]
  • Moderator of numerous programs regarding Alternative Dispute Resolution during tenure as Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Litigation Section, District of Columbia Bar (1993-1996).

Representative Clients

  • Sonic Automotive, Inc.
  • BMW of Fairfax
  • Infinity of Tyson's Corner
  • Porsche of Rockville
  • Rockville Audi
  • Honda of Tyson's Corner
  • Lexus of Rockville
  • Mercedes-Benz of Arlington
  • Mercedes-Benz of Alexandria

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar
    • Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline (COLD) (2006-June 2013)
      • July 2012-June 2013: Co-Chair
      • 2008-2012: Chair – Oversight Subcommittee
      • 2008-2009: Chair – Subcommittee on Random Audits/Reviews of Trust Accounts
    • Fifth District Disciplinary Committee (1999-2005)
      • 2003-2004: Chair
      • 2002-2003: Vice Chair
      • 2001-2002: Secretary
  • Fairfax Bar Association
    • Circuit Court Committee (2002-2011)
    • General District Court Committee (2000-2009)
      • 2005-2006: Chair
      • 2004-2005: Vice Chair
    • Judicial Screening Committee (2004-2010)
      • 2009-2010: Chair
      • 2008-2009: Vice Chair
    • FBA Bench and Bar Convention Committee, (2005, Co-Chair)
  • District of Columbia Bar - Litigation Section, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, (Chair, 1993-1996)
  • Superior Court of the District of Columbia - Arbitrator/Mediator/Case Evaluator
  • George Mason American Inn of Court - Master (2003-Present)
  • Attorneys Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc.
    • Panel Member (2005-2012)
    • Arbitrator/Mediator




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