Seth J. Ragosta

Seth J. Ragosta
  • Seth J. Ragosta
    Attorney at Law

  • Phone: (434) 817-7979
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  • Beverly Robertson, Assistant

  • Phone: (434) 817-7988
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Seth Ragosta focuses his practice on family law and complex commercial litigation - including general business matters, employment law, real property issues and criminal concerns. Seth's work in family law includes all issues related to separation or divorce matters, in particular those dealing with the division of assets and spousal support.  

Seth has represented individuals as well as public and private companies in a wide variety of civil matters before state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels, and he has litigated claims involving False Claims Act violations, Consumer Protection Act violations, real estate disputes, breach of contract claims, Fair Labor Standards Act violations, fraud, business torts, will contests, undue influence complaints and divorce complaints, among others.  Seth’s practice has involved many family law matters under Virginia law, including complex equitable distribution and spousal support cases at both the trial and appellate levels.  Seth served as a Special Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County in Massachusetts for a six-month rotation during which he prosecuted 11 jury and bench trials to verdict.

Seth began practice with a major law firm in Boston, MA, focusing on complex commercial litigation and trial work.  He moved to Charlottesville, VA in 2013 and joined Feil, Pettit and Williams before its merger to become Lenhart Pettit in 2014.  Seth, his wife Lisa and their two children love the Charlottesville community and look forward to spending their lives here.  They are dedicated University of Virginia alumni.  In his free time, Seth enjoys photography, hiking, and reading.



  • Successfully represented  clients in divorce and custody matters, including the resolution of complex equitable distribution and spousal support matters through trial and appeal
  • Appeared on behalf of major American auto manufacturer in dozens of dealer network exclusion arbitrations throughout the United States
  • Successfully representative large financial institutions in securities regulation litigation related to equities trading, insurance premium calculations and foreign exchange transactions
  • Advised trustees and beneficiaries in breach of fiduciary duty, undue influence, will contest and similar cases
  • Successfully represented employers against wrongful termination, wage and hour and employment discrimination suits
  • Pro bono representation of clients in constitutional rights violation and child custody matters
  • Handled multiple cases through bench and jury trials as first chair counsel
  • Handled appeals before all appellate courts in Virginia


  • Virginia
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia


  • Selected to "Virginia Rising Stars," Family Law, Super Lawyers Magazine, Thomson Reuters, 2016 – 2018
  • Recipient, Emerson G. Spies Award, The Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, January 2017 (awarded for “enthusiasm, loyalty and dedication” to the work of the VBA)

Professional Involvement

  • Virginia Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Division
      • Public Service Committee
      • Executive Board (2016 – 2018)
      • University of Virginia Law School Council, Co-Chair (2014 – 2018)
      • ABA Awards of Achievement Committee, Co-Chair (2015 – 2018)
  • Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association
    • Treasurer (2014 – 2016)
    • Judicial Endorsements Committee - Member
  • Thomas Jefferson Inn of Court
    • President (2017 – 2018)

Community Involvement

  • UVa Club of Charlottesville
    • Board Member
  • Smart Cville
    • Advisory Board Member
Practice Areas Education

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
J.D., 2008

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
B.A., History, 2003

Highlighted Recognitions

Emerson G. Spies Award
Virginia Bar Association