Charles V. McPhillips

    Member • Co-Chair of Government Contracts & Defense Industries
    Office: Norfolk
    Admissions: Virginia


    Chuck is a Member in the firm’s Norfolk office. His business law practice includes mergers, acquisitions and financings, public-private partnerships (P3s); international sales and investment transactions; joint ventures; and corporate/limited liability company law.

    Representative Matters

    Mergers & Acquisitions

    • Represented defense contractors and construction firms in acquisitions of industrial concerns
    • Represented ESOP-owned ship repair company in sale to private equity fund
    • Represented U.S. manufacturer in acquisition of specialty supplier
    • Represented independent industrial distributor and residential mortgage banking firm in sales to national purchasers
    • Represented local defense contractor in acquisition of aerospace supplier
    • Represented leading Southeastern fuel-equipment distributor/contractor in sale to private equity fund
    • Represented U.S. purchaser of U.K. defense contractor
    • Represented small-business defense contractor in sale to Alaska Native Corporation
    • Represented defense contractor with top-level facility security clearances in sale to roll-up firm
    • Represented leading regional accounting firm in a merger with international accounting firm
    • Represented leading Southeastern U.S. Customs Broker in sale to a Canadian acquirer
    • Represented ‘facilitized’ ship repair company in consolidation with a ‘non-facilitized’ ship repair company
    • Represented graduates from Section 8(a) program throughout their developmental and transitional stages of growth, culminating in exit sales to publicly-held buyers
    • Represented U.S. provider of point-of-sale software in sale to German acquirer
    • Represented purchasers of wide range of businesses, including the marine sonar, industrial distribution and construction materials industries

    Public-Private Partnerships

    • Represented developer in $335 million surf park, entertainment venue, multi-family housing, retail and office project at resort location
    • Represented design-build contractor in negotiation of P3 project to build five schools in Norfolk, Virginia
    • Represented national developer in negotiating a P3 agreement with the Commonwealth of Virginia for the construction of an $88 million medium-security correctional facility
    • Represented developer in the negotiation of a P3 agreement with locality for a $40 million office tower and parking garage
    • Represented private owners in development of an $18.5 million mega-yacht repair facility and associated marine operations on city-owned property
    • Represented contractor in negotiation of $59.5 million design-build contract with the Virginia Port Authority


    • Represented non-profit landowner in negotiation of joint venture agreements for the development of multi-family and office projects based on ground leases from the non-profit landowner
    • Represented U.S. distributor in negotiation of exclusive distributorship of an Italian manufacturer’s product line in the United States
    • Prepared and negotiated numerous limited liability company (LLC) operating agreements for operating businesses, complex joint ventures and real estate developments

    Recognition & Honors

    • Top Lawyers; CoVaBIZ, 2017-2024
    • Best Lawyers in America, 1998–2024
    • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2004–2009, 2011-2016, 2018-2023
    • Norfolk Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year”; Best Lawyers in America, 2021
    • The Power List; Inside Business, 2018-2020
    • Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, Humanitarian Award, 2014
    • Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (Papal Cross), 2013
    • Bishop’s Humanitarian Award; Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia and the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, 2011
    • Fellow; Virginia Law Foundation, 2011-Present
    • AV® Rated; Martindale-Hubbell
    • Order of the Coif; University of Virginia
    • Phi Beta Kappa; Hampden-Sydney College
    • Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Fraternity; Hampden-Sydney College
    • James Madison Political Science Award; Hampden-Sydney College


    • Greater Norfolk Corporation; President
    • Norfolk Innovation Corridor; Founding Director, 2019 to Present
    • The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation; Chairman, Board of Directors
    • TowneBank; Norfolk Board of Directors
    • Catholic Community Foundation, Diocese of Richmond; Board of Directors
    • James Barry-Robinson Home for Boys Trust; Chairman, Board of Trustees
    • Saint Patrick Catholic School; Current Director and Founding Chairman, 2000-2009
    • Next Step to Success; Founding Chairman, 2021 to Present
    • Barry-Robinson Center; Chairman, Board of Directors
    • Norfolk Innovation Corridor; Executive Committee
    • 757 Angels; Board of Directors
    • UpVote Virginia; Board of Directors of 501(c)(4) Organization
    • The New E3 School; Board of Trustees
    • Catholic Community Foundation, Diocese of Richmond; Board of Directors, 2017 to Present
    • Hampden-Sydney College; Board of Trustees, 2009-2013, 2014-2018
    • Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance; Executive Committee, 2013-2019
    • McMahon-Parater Foundation; Chairman, Board of Directors, 2009-2017
    • Norfolk Forum; President, Board of Directors, 2013-2015
    • Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia, Inc.; General Counsel (pro bono)
    • Thomas C. Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership; Former Chairman, Hampton Roads Regional Advisory Board
    • Catholic High School Foundation; Board of Directors
    • Norfolk Commission on Arts and Humanities; Former Commissioner
    • Hampden-Sydney College National Alumni Association; Past President, 2005-2007
    • Virginia Stage Company; Past President, Board of Trustees, 2003-2005
    • World Affairs Council of Hampton Roads; Past Vice President, Board of Directors, 2003-2005
    • Downtown Republican Club; Past President, 1999-2003
    • Hampden-Sydney College Alumni Association; Past President, Tidewater Club, 1999-2001
    • Virginia State Bar; Past Chairman, Board of Governors, International Business Council, 1995-1997
    • Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce; Past Chairman, International Business Council, 1995-1997
    • Virginia Club; Past President, 1995-1997


    • Hampden-Sydney College; B.A., magna cum laude, 1982
    • University of Virginia School of Law; J.D., Order of the Coif, 1985

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