The Law Firm of

Erin L.T. Ranney, PLLC

Phone:   (804) 318-1151  or (804) 212-5252

Attorneys of the Firm:

Paul and Erin in Fall 2018. Photo Credit to Ry Pie Photography

About Erin:


University of Richmond, B.A., Rhetoric & Communications Studies, Criminal Justice

University of Richmond Law School, J.D.


Erin grew up in a house that valued hard-work, respect, and customer service.  Working at her father's restaurant from the age of 10 until she graduated from college, Erin learned first-hand that the customers you worked hard for and treated well came back and treated the business well.  Leaving for college was tough, but Erin is proud to be a Richmond Spider, having earned her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate from the University of Richmond.  Her post-graduation legal career began as an Adjudications Specialist at the Virginia Department of Health Professions, where she represented the Commonwealth of Virginia in administrative proceedings in actions pending against those licensees overseen by the Department of Health Professions. 


Erin, and her husband, subsequently moved to Hampton, Virginia where Erin enjoyed her position as an Assistant Public Defender in the City of Chesapeake.  She represented Court appointed individuals in all criminal matters pending before the Court.  Erin's extensive experience included representation through all phases of a criminal case.


Upon her family's return to the Richmond area, Erin changed sides in the courtroom and became an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney for the City of Hopewell, Virginia.  Her experience prosecuting cases in that Court has given her invaluable insights on how to better prepare your defense, regardless of the type of case you have pending. 


In her free time, Erin is proud to be the Troop Leader for Girl Scout Troop 5227, Girl Scout Troop 4218, and serving the Falling Creek Service Unit of the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The girls in her troop range from 5 years old to 16 years old and Erin loves having the opportunity to work with our future community leaders several times a month.


Erin's background of seeing the results of hard work and good customer service make her a good choice to represent your interests in a court of law.  Please give her a call today to discuss your important situation.

Phone: (804) 212-5252


About Paul:


University of Delaware, 1999, B.A., History

University of Richmond, 2005, J.D.


Paul has always believed in working hard and working smart.  The youngest graduate in his class at University of Delaware after only 2 and a half years of study, he realized early that he valued two things: having good working relationships with people, and protecting the assets of people and companies.  Upon graduation, he spent time working for Edward Jones and Hallmark Cards before pursuing a law degree to further his business acumen. 


After meeting and marrying Erin in law school at the University of Richmond (and attending many Blue Hen - Richmond Spider football games!), Paul went to work for the Virginia Department of Taxation in their legal department.  While there he worked as a policy analyst focusing on personal income tax matters for hard working Virginians.


Paul and Erin subsequently moved to Hampton where Paul worked in private practice at a small firm in Hampton.  While there he handled a variety of cases for his clients.  His primary focus was in drafting wills, trusts, power of attorneys, and advanced medical directives for clients of all ages.


Today, Paul spends his time preparing estate planning documents and helping with estate administration for his clients with the firm.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for CANCER LINC.  He specializes in accommodating clients' busy schedules in working on their cases, with evening and weekend appointments available.  Please give him a call today to discuss your important situation. 

Phone: (804) 212-5252


About Ellen:

     Born and raised in a small town outside of Atlanta, Georgia, Ellen was proud to attend the University of Georgia where she enjoyed cheering on the Dawgs and participating in her sorority’s philanthropy projects. Growing up, Ellen always knew she wanted to follow in the footsteps of her father, who recently celebrated his 50th anniversary of being an active licensed attorney in the State of Georgia. Ellen’s move to Virginia was prompted by her enrollment at the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, where she was drawn to studies in family and criminal law. While in law school, she interned at Legal Aid Works, helping to represent low-income clients in divorce and child custody and visitation matters. Ellen also spent time working with the Office of the Capital Defender, where she had the rare opportunity to work on a capital murder trial.

Ellen’s passion for helping people, especially children and other vulnerable members of the community, is what led her to pursue a career in the fields of family and criminal law. Having experienced her own parents’ divorce during her early teens, she has a unique understanding of the ways in which domestic issues can deeply impact all family members in different ways. Ellen enjoys being able to use her experiences, both personal and professional, to help counsel her clients through those often difficult life transitions. Our small firm allows Ellen to provide her clients with the individualized attention that these delicate cases require, and she puts an emphasis on truly listening to clients' needs, understanding what their ultimate goals are, and helping them attain those goals, all while navigating an often complicated court system.

Practice Areas

Currently, Ellen’s work is centered primarily on family law matters, including divorce, child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, equitable property distribution, and adoption. However, she also enjoys zealously representing clients in traffic and criminal matters. Ellen is currently in the process of becoming certified by the state to be a court appointed attorney on criminal matters, as well as to be court appointed as a Guardian Ad Litem, also known as an attorney who represents the interests of children in domestic cases.

Ellen welcomes your call or email regarding your family law or traffic matter.

Phone: 804-318-1151