Vania Ratliff

Vania is an Associate at Vandeventer Black where she is a member of the Litigation Group and the Labor & Employment Group. She concentrates her practice primarily in the fields of federal employment law regulations and Virginia state workers’ compensation litigation. Vania has served as a thought leader at multiple employment law seminars, presenting on topics such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FlSA”), the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), and Title VII. As a smaller part of her practice, Vania frequently executes unlawful detainers for clients in General District Court.

Vania also partners with the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia to provide pro bono assistance to low-income individuals obtaining or terminating guardianships. Additionally, she works with other local organizations to assist older individuals in the community with Wills, Power of Attorneys, and Medical Healthcare Directives.

Vania received her J.D. from Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary, where she served as Vice-President of the Black Law Student Association and as a member of the Bill of Rights Journal. Vania also competed on the school’s National Moot Court Team and served on the Moot Court board as the 2017-2018 Bushrod Justice. While attending law school, Vania worked in the general counsel’s office of Campus Crusade, Inc. and served as a judicial extern in the Norfolk Circuit Court.

Prior to attending law school, Vania earned her B.A. (magna cum laude) in Political Science from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Vania is also a longtime Virginia resident, born in Portsmouth, Virginia. When she is out of the of the office, she serves as a William & Mary BLSA Alumni mentor. She currently lives in Williamsburg and is a member of Bruton Parish Church. 

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