Kaufman and Canoles

Charles V. McPhillips

Member • Executive Committee Member

Office: Norfolk

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Chuck is the Executive Vice President of Practice Management at Kaufman & Canoles. His business law practice includes public-private partnerships; government contractor transactions; international sales and investment transactions; mergers, acquisitions and financings; joint ventures; and corporate/limited liability company law.

Practice Areas


Representative Matters

  • Represented contractor in negotiation of comprehensive agreement for $121 million PPEA project to build five schools in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Represented "facilitized" ESOP-owned ship repair company in sale to private equity fund
  • Represented U.S. provider of point-of-sale software in sale to German acquirer
  • Represented contractor in negotiation of agreements for construction of $200 million arena
  • Represented purchasers of wide range of businesses, including the marine sonar, industrial distribution and construction materials industries
  • Represented leading Southeastern U.S. Customs Broker in sale to a large Canadian acquirer
  • Represented leading Southeastern fuel-equipment distributor/contractor in sale to private equity fund
  • Represented “facilitized” ship repair company in $80 million consolidation with a “non-facilitized” ship repair company
  • Represented national developer in negotiating a comprehensive agreement with the Commonwealth of Virginia for the construction of an $88 million medium security correctional facility as a public-private partnership
  • Represented privately-held corporations in acquisitions by public corporations, private equity funds and strategic purchasers
  • Represented purchasers in acquisitions of U.K. and U.S. defense contractors
  • Represented developer in the negotiation of a development agreement with locality for a $40 million office tower and parking garage as a public-private partnership
  • Represented private owners in development of an $18.5 million mega-yacht repair facility and associated marine operations on City-owned property
  • Represented two graduates from Section 8(a) program throughout their developmental and transitional stages of growth, culminating in exit sales of $14.5 million and $30 million, respectively, to large national government contractors
  • 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-familyand office projects based on ground leases from the non-profit land owner
  • Represented U.S. distributor in negotiation of exclusive distributorship of an Italian manufacturer’s product line in the United States
  • Prepared and coordinated the successful application for the expansion of Foreign Trade Zone No. 20 in Hampton Roads granted to the Virginia Port Authority
  • Prepared and negotiated limited liability company (LLC) operating agreements for operating businesses, complex joint ventures, family investment and estate-planning entities, real estate developments, holding companies, consolidated medical practices and international investment vehicles

Recognition and honors

  • 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
  • Best Lawyers In America, 1998-2017
  • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2004-2009, 2011-2016 
  • 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
  • Norfolk Forum; Chairman, Nominating Committee and Former President, Board of Directors
  • Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance; Executive Committee
  • TowneBank; Norfolk Board of Directors
  • Hampden-Sydney College; Board of Trustees
  • McMahon-Parater Foundation; Chairman, Board of Directors
  • James Barry-Robinson Home For Boys Trust; Chairman, Board of Trustees
  • Saint Patrick Catholic School; Current Director and Founding Chairman
  • Barry-Robinson Center; Director and Former Chairman, Board of Directors
  • The New E3 School, Board of Trustees
  • Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia, Inc.; General Counsel (pro bono)
  • Thomas C. Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership; Chairman, Hampton Roads Regional Advisory Board
  • Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School Foundation; Board of Directors
  • Professional Services Council; Member 
  • 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 Practice Section, 1996-1997
  • 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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