Associate General Counsel
Ms. Ratchford joined the Office of General Counsel as Associate General Counsel for Business Ventures in December, 2010. She served previously as General Counsel to one of the preeminent editors in American book publishing negotiating contracts with New York publishing houses, with an emphasis on reconstructing traditional publishing contracting models to address the fundamental changes to industry practices brought about by the introduction of the E-Book to the marketplace. In her transactional practice, Laura has represented purchasers and sellers, lenders and borrowers, developers, and large not-for-profit institutional clients in a wide variety of significant secured transactions, as both a partner in private practice and as in-house counsel. She graduated from Davidson College Phi Beta Kappa in 1986 and graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1989.