About Us


Serving the Community Since 1983

The Ratchford Firm was founded by Attorney Warren E. Ratchford 1983. The success of the Firm over the years has resulted in a solid reputation for quality legal services and longstanding client trust.

Why Choose Us

Honest, Expert Lawyers

The Ratchford firm has strong ties to the Effingham community, and our diverse experience provides our clients with a wealth of legal expertise. Our team of attorneys work diligently to explore all avenues when developing the legal strategies that will best serve our clients’ needs.

Modern Legal Care

The Ratchford Firm strives to utilize the latest technology to ensure that our clients receive the maximum advantage of its experience at the lowest possible cost. All of us at the Firm are committed to provide the best for our clients as we have for more than 35 years.

Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy is Simple:  

We strive to resolve difficult legal situations through a commitment and dedication to superior legal representation, resulting in optimal outcomes for clients; and to make positive contributions to the legal profession and to our community.

Our Commitment to Excellence

We seek to uphold a reputation for ethical and moral representation by striving for excellence through honesty, compassion, fairness and integrity. We believe that in doing so, our clients can see the difference in the way our Firm does business and in the way we meet our clients’ needs.

Our Attorneys

Warren E. Ratchford

Warren E. Ratchford


Lexye L. Shockley

Lexye L. Shockley

Associate Attorney

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