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Mikhael D. Charnoff

Founding Partner


Professional Affiliations

  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • Arlington Bar Association
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • The George Mason American Inn of Court, Master

Professional Activities

  • Qualified as an expert witness on the reasonableness of attorney’s fees in Blowers v. Lerner, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 118773, *39 (E.D. Va. Aug. 31, 2016).
  • Co-authored the article How to Plead, Prove, and Obtain Punitive Damages in Virginia,” published in the Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Volume 26 Number 2, 2016).
  • Presented “When Should You Consider Suing a Senior Care Facility?” to the Arlington County Bar Association Elder Law Section in June 2016.
  • Taught a CLE entitled “Legal and Practical Considerations for Discovery and Dispute Resolution” in May 2016 for the Fairfax Bar Association.
  • Panelist on “Sanctions Pursuant to Code of Virginia § 8.01-271.1” in January 2015 at The George Mason American Inns of Court.
  • Panelist on “Top Ten Issues in Depositions” in September 2012 at The George Mason American Inns of Court.
  • Taught a CLE entitled “Frivolous Complaints and Sanctions in Virginia” in 2012 at the VADA Spring Conference.
  • Panelist on “The Tripartite Relationship” in 2011 at the VADA Spring Conference.
  • Taught a CLE entitled “Minimizing Liability in the Real Estate Broker-Client Relationship” in 2008.
  • Taught “Negotiating the Courts” class at NVAR to real estate licensees in 2008.
  • Program Committee of The George Mason American Inns of Court for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
  • Member of the NVAR Attorneys Roundtable.
  • Qualified as an expert witness on the reasonableness of attorney’s fees in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Jimenez v. Sim, 78 Va. Cir. 235 (2009).


  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for Maryland
  • Supreme Court of the United States


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • Mary Washington College, B.A., 1995

A founding partner of Perry Charnoff PLLC, Mikhael D. Charnoff practices a wide range of civil and commercial litigation, including business torts, contractual disputes, and real estate litigation. He also handles a range of professional liability defense cases, including legal malpractice, real estate, and federal statutory claims.

Mr. Charnoff’s trial history is extensive: he has personally handled litigation in over 35 Circuit Courts throughout Virginia, and he has also litigated in several Circuit Courts in Maryland, every federal trial court in Virginia and Maryland, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He has also been accepted to testify as an expert witness in the past.

In addition to jury trials, Mr. Charnoff has accumulated experience in bench trials, arbitrations, and professional licensure administrative hearings. Recently, he received notice in various publications, including The Washington Post, for his successful efforts to fight frivolous lawsuits by seeking and obtaining sanctions where appropriate.

Mr. Charnoff’s regular clients include regional businesses both large and small, real estate purchasers and sellers, and a variety of professionals. Over the years, he has represented scores of lawyers, institutional and individual health care providers, and real estate professionals, including agents, brokers, appraisers, title companies, and escrow agents. Mr. Charnoff also has experience handling significant insurance coverage matters, including high-profile Chinese drywall litigation as well as matters involving legal malpractice coverage and real estate professional liability coverage.

Early in his career, Mr. Charnoff served as a law clerk to the Honorable Frank E. Schwelb of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. He later worked with two litigation boutiques in Virginia and a historic Virginia firm with 75 lawyers before founding Perry Charnoff PLLC.

Mr. Charnoff was born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia, and has lived in Arlington, Virginia since graduating from law school. He maintains an active role with the alumni association of the University of Mary Washington.

Sample of Reported Cases

Jones v. Dufek, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 13549, *1 (D.C. Cir. July 26, 2016)

Sahrapour v. Lesron, LLC, 119 A.3d 704, 706, 2015 D.C. App. LEXIS 275, *1 (D.C. 2015)

Lepelletier v. Will Nesbitt Realty, LLC, 88 Va. Cir. 285 (2014)

Martin v. Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 129540 (E.D. Va. Sept. 11, 2012)

N. Va. Real Estate v. Martins, 283 Va. 86, 720 S.E.2d 121 (2012)

Minn. Lawyers Mut. Ins. Co. v. Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 122836 (E.D. Va. Nov. 18, 2010)

Builders Mut. Ins. Co. v. Half Court Press, L.L.C., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 101411 (W.D. Va. Sept. 21, 2010)

Northern Virginia Real Estate, Inc. et al. v. Karen Martins, et al., 80 Va. Cir. 478, 2010 Va. Cir. LEXIS 72

Katims v. Millen, White, Zelano & Branigan, P.C., 706 F. Supp. 2d 645, 649 (D. Md. 2010)

Northern Virginia Real Estate, Inc. et al. v. Karen Martins, et al., 79 Va. Cir. 667 (2009); 2009 Va. Cir. LEXIS 70

Skibinski v. Lunger, 74 Va. Cir. 428 (2008); 2008 Va. Cir. LEXIS 1

Williams v. Medical Facilities of America, et al., 75 Va. Cir. 416 (2005); 2005 Va. Cir. LEXIS 380

“It’s not just being able to help clients, but its being able to take them through the process of realizing some type of closure.”

- Leslee M. Soudrette, Associate Attorney