Mikhael D. Charnoff

Founding Partner


Professional Affiliations

  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • Arlington Bar Association
  • Mclean Bar Association
  • The George Mason American Inn of Court, Master

Professional Activities

  • Taught a CLE entitled "Trying the Medical Malpractice Case in Virginia" in February 2020 at The George Mason American Inns of Court.
  • Presented CLE at VTLA Advocacy Seminar “Preparing Witnesses to Advocate for Themselves” in October 2019
  • Drafted CLE entitled “Civil Practice in the Three Jurisdictions of the DC Area” in April 2019 for the McLean Bar Association
  • Co-presented CLE at VTLA Litigating Auto Cases on “Circuit Court: Bolstering Plaintiff’s Damages Evidence” in May of 2018
  • 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, DC Superior Court, every federal trial court in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.  He has also been accepted as an expert witness in both state and federal courts.

In addition to jury trials, Mr. Charnoff has over 20 years of experience in bench trials, arbitrations, and professional licensure administrative hearings.  His trials and motions practice have been covered in various publications, including The Washington Post and Virginia Lawyers Weekly.  Mr. Charnoff is active with the George Mason American Inn of Court, three local bar associations, and has taught several CLEs over the past 10 years.

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 other construction coverage issues, 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, lived in Arlington, Virginia for over 17 years after law school, and now resides in Vienna, Virginia with his wife and young sons. Mr. Charnoff recently served as President of the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association of the University of Mary Washington.

Sample of Reported Cases

Robinson v. Nordquist, 830 S.E.2d 36 (2019)

Jones v. Dufek, 830 F.3d 523 (D.C. Cir. 2016)

Sahrapour v. Lesron, LLC, 119 A.3d 704 (D.C. 2015)

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

Martin v. Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Civil Action No. 1:11-cv-1118-AJT-TCB (E.D. Va. Sep. 11, 2012)

N. Va. Real Estate v. Martins, 283 Va. 86 (2012)

Minn. Lawyers Mut. Ins. Co. v. Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP, 472 F. App’x 219 (4th Cir. 2012)

Builders Mut. Ins. Co. v. Half Court Press, LLC, CIVIL ACTION No. 6:09-CV-00046 (W.D. Va. Sep. 21, 2010)

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

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)

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