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About our firm
The Reliance Law Group

The Reliance Law Group is a legal practice located in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia with offices in historic Cedar Bluff, Virginia and in Bristol, VIrginia.  We focus on providing exceptional service with excellent communication and professionalism.

OUR MISSION: To provide excellent services to our clients with the highest possible level of communication and a goal of achieving the best possible legal outcomes.

We are committed to your success through provision of high quality legal services.  Based in Southwest Virginia, our values reflect the people we serve and the region we call home.  The Ratliff Law Firm's business model is designed for efficiency and cost effectiveness, utilizing a "Best Practices" approach that focuses on process, speed, communication, and reliability.  The firm prides itself on ethical, results oriented services and an effective professional staff with efficient systems meeting the needs of our clients.

The Reliance Law Group offers  the flexible and cooperative atmosphere of a small firm while providing our clients with the resources of a larger firm. We are able to effectively resolve complex cases involving substantial and challenging legal issues more typically associated with larger firms.

We provide services including representation in Personal Injury ClaimsVirginia Workers' CompensationElder Law, Estates (Wills, Powers of Attorney, Medical Directives, Revocable Trusts, and planning), Real EstateBusiness LawDomestic Relations, Traffic matters, and general practice.  The Reliance Law Group...Serving the needs of our community by providing legal services to which you can relate and understand.  

5 Lawyers, 2 Offices. 1 Goal:  To provide Reliable, Trustworthy, Effective Legal Services to our clients.  We are DEDICATED to your success!  

Our Attorneys

The Reliance Law Group offers Reliable, Trustworthy, Effective legal services from people you can trust.  With offices located in  Cedar Bluff, Virginia, and Bristol, Virginia, our skilled staff is dedicated to serving the legal needs of people in the counties of Tazewell, Buchanan, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Washington, Bland, and surrounding areas.​

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Bradley C. Ratliff      |      Senior Partner

Bradley C. Ratliff, Esq., is a Virginia licensed attorney with significant background and experience in personal injury cases, Virginia workers' compensation, estates, elder law matters, real estate, and civil practice.  In addition to his membership in the Virginia State Bar, Mr. Ratliff is admitted to Federal Courts in the Western District of Virginia, and United States Bankruptcy Court.  Mr. Ratliff holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bluefield College and a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from the Appalachian School of Law.  As a lifelong resident of Southwest Virginia, he regularly appears in the state courts in the counties of Tazewell, Buchanan, Russell, Washington, Bristol, and Bland and in Federal Courts in the Western District of Virginia.  Mr. Ratliff also serves as the Town Attorney for the Town of Richlands, Virginia, as well as Town Attorney for the Town of Pocahontas, Virginia, and as counsel for the Southwest Virginia Regional Recreation Authority, aka "Spearhead Trails." Mr. Ratliff is recognized nationally as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association (2016), won "Best Attorney in Tazewell County" in the Richlands News Press 2017 Reader's Poll, recognized as "Viewer's Choice Attorney 2017" by WVVA television, and has an AVVO rating of 9.1 (Superb).  Mr. Ratliff is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (VAELA) -

Accidents & Personal Injury   |   Work-Related Injuries
Elder Law, Wills & Estates   
|   Business Law  | Real Estate  |  Banking  | Social Security Disability | Municipal Law | 


Kristen N. Lawson-McVey      |      Attorney

Kristen N. "Nikki" Lawson was born and raised in Southwest Virginia. Ms. Lawson is a graduate from the Appalachian School of Law where she obtained her Juris Doctor degree. While attending Appalachian School of Law she was a staff editor of the Appalachian Natural Resources Law Journal, the Judging Vice-Chair of the Moot Court Executive Board, the secretary and treasurer of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, and she received the Book Award for Employment Discrimination and Dispute Management. Ms. Lawson completed her undergraduate studies at Radford University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice along with two minors in Communications and Political Science. She is licensed to practice law in Virginia and handles a wide variety of civil and criminal litigation in Southwest Virginia.

Product Liability   |   Slip and Fall Accidents
Medical Malpractice  
|   Class Actions

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Jeffrey W. Stowers, Jr.          Partner

Jeffrey W. Stowers, Jr., Esq., is a graduate of the Appalachian School of Law.  He graduated with honors, Cum Laude, and Dean’s List.  While attending ASL, he obtained over 100 hours of mediation training.  He holds the “Lawyer as a Problem Solver” Mediation Certificate and is certified in Civil Litigation.  Mr. Stowers obtained his undergraduate degree in Political Science and History from King University in Bristol, Tennessee.  Additionally, Mr. Stowers has two published articles: One in the American Indian Law Review coming out fall, 2016 and the other in the New Criminal Law Review coming out in 2016.  Mr. Stowers is admitted to the Virginia Bar and practices regularly in all Southwest Virginia Courts, focusing primarily on Family Law issues, including but not limited to, divorce, child custody, and more, and criminal law.

Motor Accidents   |    Aviation Accidents 
Product Liability   |    Slip and Fall Accidents


Natasha L. Ratliff      |      Practice Administrator

Ms. Natasha Ratliff is a Certified Paralegal and Practice Administrator of the Firm.  Ms. Ratliff possesses extensive experience in commercial and residential real estate closings, personal injury claims, and numerous general practice matters.  She has over twenty (20) years of legal experience and has served as a Legal Collections Manager providing representation of large accounts with regional banks, in medical claims on behalf of both large and small medical providers, hospitals, and landlords. She is skilled in management and policy development, providing supervision and oversight of all firm operations and personnel.  Ms. Ratliff is engaged in the community through various activities and serves on the Board of Directors for Mountain Kids, Inc., participating in policy development and major decision making of a non-profit organization "committed to improving the lives of children" in, and around Tazewell County"  Ms. Ratliff is also a member of the Clinch River Kiwanis Club.

Medical Malpractice   |    Class Actions
Wrongful Death   
|    Asbestos

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