Charles V. McPhillips

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


Chuck is a member of 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 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 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

  • Norfolk Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year”; Best Lawyers in America, 2021
  • Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, Humanitarian Award, 2014
  • Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross (Papal Honors), 2013
  • Bishop’s Humanitarian Award; Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia and the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, 2011
  • Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation, 2011 – Present
  • Best Lawyers In America, 1998-2021
  • The Power List; Inside Business, 2018-2020
  • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2004-2009, 2011-2016, 2018-2019
  • Top Lawyers; CoVaBIZ, 2017-2020
  • Virginia Super Lawyers; Thomson Reuters, 2006-2012
  • 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
  • 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
  • Barry-Robinson Center; Chairman, Board of Directors
  • Norfolk Innovation Corridor; Executive Committee
  • 757 Angels; Board of Directors
  • OneVirginia2021; Board of Directors of 501(c)(4) Organization
  • The New E3 School; Board of Trustees
  • 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; 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

Press & Publications