About Todd Ratner PLC

Todd Ratner PLC represents clients in two distinct practice areas: (1) securities industry advice and counsel; and (2) special education disputes. Our deep commitment to promoting and protecting our clients’ interests is the common thread running through all of our work.

What We Do

We are litigators, but—first and foremost—we are problem solvers.  We are results-oriented.  We identify our clients’ objectives and focus on achieving them quickly and cost-effectively, looking for opportunities to resolve disputes through direct negotiation, mediation, and other methods of alternative dispute resolution.  When compromise simply is not possible, we represent our clients vigorously, aggressively, and professionally in litigation, arbitration, and administrative proceedings.

Our Story

Our firm’s expertise is built upon Todd’s personal and professional experience over the past 20 years. Todd began representing financial services companies and professionals immediately following his clerkship with a federal trial court judge in Atlanta. He first worked for a leading law firm in the financial services area before moving to Richmond, Virginia in late 2002 to join the legal department of a major wirehouse, which grew to become one of the three largest broker-dealers in the country.

Around that same time, Todd’s first son was diagnosed with autism. Todd experienced the difficulties many parents of children with special needs face, as he and his wife navigated the complex special education system to obtain services for their son.

In 2008, Todd returned to private practice, opening a firm devoted exclusively to financial services disputes. More recently, Todd expanded his practice to share his advocacy skills and knowledge of the special education laws and regulations with special needs students and their parents.

Securities Industry Services

Special Education Services

Todd Ratner Partner and Founder

Todd began representing financial services companies and professionals immediately following his clerkship with a federal district court judge in Atlanta. He has successfully represented broker-dealers, registered investment advisors, brokers, and other individuals in customer arbitrations, employment disputes, and regulatory proceedings.

Since 1998, Todd has handled more than 350 matters involving the financial services industry. Todd has appeared before the SEC and FINRA (formerly NASD) in regulatory matters and handled arbitrations administered by FINRA, the New York Stock Exchange, the Pacific Stock Exchange, AAA, and JAMS. He has appeared in arbitrations throughout the United States, including Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Montana, Washington, and California.

Todd also assists students with disabilities and their parents to secure and enforce their right to a free appropriate public education. His commitment to this work is born out of his personal experience advocating on behalf of his oldest son, who was diagnosed with autism in 2002. Having attended countless IEP meetings and negotiated with the school division on behalf of his own child, Todd understands the confusion and frustration parents can experience when they attempt to navigate the complex special education system.

Experience:
  • Wachovia Securities, LLC: Vice President/Senior Arbitration Counsel
  • Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, LLP: Litigation and Arbitration Attorney
  • The Honorable Willis B. Hunt, Jr., United States District Judge, Northern District of Georgia: Litigation and Arbitration Attorney
Education:
  • University of Virginia School of Law: J.D., 1996
    • Order of the Coif
    • Virginia Law Review
  • Johns Hopkins University: B.A., Economics, With Honors, 1992
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Varsity Soccer
  • National Trial Advocacy College, 2006
  • Institute of Special Education Advocacy, 2014