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Mikhael D. Charnoff

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