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Erin L. T. Ranney

Criminal defense Attorney at Chesterfield, VA

3.9   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found

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Erin has devoted the majority of her career to the practice of criminal and traffic law.  As a former public defender and former prosecutor, she has the experience to balance her client's needs with a demanding trial schedule.  Put her experience and attention to work for you today.

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Erin L. T. Ranney, PLLC
9842 Lori Road
Suite 101
Chesterfield, VA, 23832


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  7 customer reviews
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Posted by Keion | February 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
CDL good to go!
Called Erin Ranney at the last minute, hours before court!!! She got me exactly what I was hoping for in court.... a chance to keep my CDL active. Thanks again!!! Call her asap!
Posted by Lucy | October 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great communication, organized, trustworthy. She answered all of my questions in a timely way. Knowledgeable.
Posted by Allyson | February 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hearing (Civil Case)
I found Ms.Ranney at the very last minute I would say and she was well versed in her field. Very honest and fights for her clients. If you ever need anything regarding a case contact Ms.Ranney you will be just fine. She was amazing with my case. Reasonable pricing and overall amazing.
Posted by Frederick | May 11, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Pre Hearing Information Gathering
I found Mrs. Ranney to be very knowledgeable about the Justice and Court Systems as they pertain to my case. I was pleased I chose her from the many other criminal attorneys in the system. She asked me in depth questions to better understand my legal situation.
Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2013
Great Lawyer
Great lawyer that does everything with in reason for her clients!!
Posted by Frederick | February 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ineffective Counsel in the realm of Family Law
DO NOT USE THEM. It would appear the lawyer they retained for family law (Mrs. Barclay) should not be in practice or be retired. You can see the burnout or lack of caring (she self admitted that she no longer cared about complaints while at the same time, receiving many of them). In essence, the only thing they may have excelled at are uncontested matters. Apparently, they only have one lawyer to work on family cases. When I determined that I was the recipient of ineffective counsel or ethical wrong by Mrs. Barclay, I tried working with the attorney directly in the course of the proceedings, and then ultimately addressed these concerns of ineffective counsel to the law firm owner. I expected that there would be a concern given, but there was not. I was advised by the law firm owner (Mrs. Ranney) that she could not help, considering her and her husband's background in family law was limited. Given that I tried to rehabilitate our relationship with clear expectations, I was further denied service by Mrs. Ranney due to my complaints or concerns that were credible enough to be reported to the Virginia Bar. I sought return of my retainer at the least (realizing they must be paid for some effort even if it were unscrupulous) However, this was never answered. Counsel in this matter was critical, due to a wife who absconded with my children over a decade ago and denied custodial or visitation. The issues I faced are not limited to: 1) Last minute discovery and poor communication. Whether about admissibility, facts or case direction and intentions. 2) No use of subpoena duces tecum to corroborate findings. 3) Allowing unsupervised interrogatories by GAL or court appointed staff. 4) Failure to make disclosures of evidence or submit interrogatories. No evidence was reported by judge! 5) Failure to proceed on the wishes of client during trial, threatening to leave the case and ultimately causing a show cause to be vacated. 6) Threatening abandonment numerous times over minor disagreements. 7) Fails to immediately recognize and object to inadmissible evidence. 8) Allows opposition to run all over the case. Rolling over at any concern raised by GAL or opposing party. Hesitant to make any push for justice, or seek recompense. When contacting other law firms to represent in the appeal, it was clear they were "known" as having difficulties in family related cases.
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Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Complacent & Unprofessional
I was very excited to find an attorney in my area especially one with high reviews. However, her work on my case was not only the most unprofessional but the most disappointing. She was very complacent not only with details of my case but I felt very stereotyped and unimportant. This seems to be a common theme with most lawyers (especially throughout VA), the work is a dime a dozen to them and Mrs. Ranney is no different. Her law office is shack and very unkempt, you need to constantly remind her of important details/her scheduled follow-ups, and I absolutely must say she DOES NOT FIGHT FOR YOU. She's too passive for a lawyer. If you want someone that will fight for you and really understand you are A.) a human being and B.) want someone that can tell you the honest truth of your case/really care for the outcome of your verdict. Well steer clear of this attorney. An attorney should be non objective with your case and educate you in the confounds of the law. They also should do a considerable amount of leg work and keep you feeling safe with your investment. They are your legal representative for God Sake and if she felt so annoyed and absented minded with my case, she shouldn't have taken my money in the first place. I wish her all the best but I want people to know that she may be hit or miss. She has garnered a considerable amount of stars online but for her Traffic cases. Not her Criminal cases. Hire at your own risk, it was a big mistake for me.
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Response from Erin Ranney March 28, 2017
I'm sorry that you feel this way. If you case was handled very recently you may be within an appeal window. I would also love the opportunity to sit down and answer any concerns.
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Work Experience

  • Owner/Operator/Attorney
  • Erin L. T. Ranney, PLLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Bryant and Stratton College
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
  • Hopewell Commonwealth's Attorney
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Chesapeake Public Defender's Office
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Adjudications Specialist
  • Virginia Department of Health Professions
  • 2005 - 2006
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  • University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2005
  • University of Richmond
  • B.A.
  • 2002


  • Richmond Juvenile Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Chesterfield County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present

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Given (3)
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Violent crime Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Erin is a phenomenal lawyer. She is sharp and very dedicated to her clients. I strongly endorse her."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Other
"Attorney Erin Ranney is a highly effective and caring criminal defense attorney. The abundance of knowledge that she has with respects to the law coupled with her superb trial advocacy skills makes her the preferred choice for any criminal matter."
Criminal defense
Criminal defense