Virginia Tallent is an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Cincinnati, Ohio. Virginia represents the City of Cincinnati in affirmative litigation relating to Cincinnati's legal interests in eliminating blight and poor conditions in rental housing across its fifty-two neighborhoods. She has professional expertise in Ohio property law, federally subsidized housing laws, Ohio landlord-tenant law, eviction defense, the federal Fair Housing Act, and K-12 school discipline and special education law.
Prior to her role with the City of Cincinnati's Law Department, she was an attorney for nine years with the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, representing low-income tenants and tenant organizations in state and federal court. In 2017, Virginia successfully represented a tenants' association in obtaining a preliminary injunction to stop the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from eliminating the section eight rental subsidy from their 200-unit apartment building.
Virginia is an experienced trainer, most recently serving as a 2019 trainer for the Sargent Shriver Center on Poverty Law's Affirmative Litigation Training. Virginia is the City of Cincinnati's trainer for its Tenant training program, and regularly provides free landlord-tenant law trainings throughout the City for residents and community groups.
Virginia graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a B.A. in Political Science; and cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Ohio's state and federal courts. She is on the Board of Directors for the Welcome House of Northern Kentucky, an area family shelter. In her free time, Virginia enjoys training for half marathons with Queen City Running Club, and traveling with her husband Bryan.