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Stephen D. CharnoffStephen D. Charnoff
Civil Litigation 

Phone: (703) 790-1911
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Steve litigates on behalf of limited liability companies, corporations, partnerships, government contractors, estates, and other law firms in federal courts, state courts, and alternative dispute resolution settings. He regularly handles business litigation, such as shareholder disputes, breach of contract claims, non-compete disputes, and dissolution-related disputes, as well as estate disputes, including trust-related and will-related litigation.

Steve also drafts and negotiates contracts, including teaming agreements, subcontracts, consulting agreements, license agreements, and non-compete agreements.

While Steve’s civil litigation practice is diverse, he spends much of his time litigating breach of contract claims, shareholder disputes, LLC member disputes, and corporate disputes. Steve, in June, 2015, after briefing and oral argument in the Supreme Court of Virginia, obtained a favorable ruling from the Court wherein the Court ruled in favor of Steve’s clients (two limited partnerships) in a breach of contract dispute. See, Spectra-4, LLP, et al. v. Uniwest Commercial Realty, Inc., 2015 Va. LEXIS 81.

Steve litigated three separate judicial dissolution suits between 2013 and 2014, two involving S-Corps and one involving a C-Corp.

Steve, in November, 2014, obtained the dismissal of all claims brought by minority shareholders against majority shareholders of a corporation. See, Silberberg, et al. v. Becker, et al., 2014 D.C. Super. LEXIS 20. Steve subsequently obtained the dismissal of all claims against the majority shareholders in a separate case. See, Shenandoah Corporation v. Becker, et al., 2015 D.C. Super. LEXIS 1.

In December, 2014, Steve obtained the dismissal of all claims brought against the owners of a registered investment advisor firm by a former member of the LLC. See, Preston Wealth Advisors LLC v. Bucevski, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1:14-cv-00445, Dkt. 45.

Steve is also experienced in civil claims arising from state and federal computer crime statutes, including the federal Computer Fraud & Abuse Act, the federal Stored Communications Act, and the Virginia Computer Crimes Act. In April, 2014, Steve obtained injunctive relief in federal court on behalf of an LLC whose web site had been accessed and taken over without authority.

Steve has litigated on behalf of numerous government contractors. Steve, in 2012, obtained a summary judgment ruling on behalf of a corporation suing a government contractor. The Court’s ruling granted Steve’s client summary judgment on two of its claims and dismissed a counterclaim against Steve’s client. See, G4i Consulting, Inc. v. NANA Services, LLC, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia case no. 1:11-cv-00810 (2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 67293). Steve successfully litigated a bid protest in 2012 with the Department of the Army on behalf of a government contractor client. Also in 2012, Steve obtained a favorable settlement for a government contractor client sued under the False Claims Act in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington State.

Steve regularly negotiates contracts on behalf of corporate clients. Steve recently negotiated a multi-million dollar contract between a consulting company and a union representing over one million members. Steve also negotiated a funding agreement involving a major automobile manufacturer.

Steve is an experienced trial attorney. Steve successfully defended a national retail chain in a jury trial wherein the plaintiff sought $500,000.00 in damages. Steve represented a law firm and its partners sued for over $3,500,000 by a former partner for breach of contract, conspiracy, and tortious interference. Five days into a jury trial, the plaintiff agreed to settle on terms favorable to Steve’s clients.

Steve also handles trust and estate litigation. Steve recently resolved a will contest involving a Sharia will. In an another estate case which was ultimately ruled upon by the Supreme Court of Virginia, Steve assisted in the successful representation of a client involved in a seven-figure estate-related dispute. See, Dolby v. Dolby, et al., 280 Va. 132 (2010).

Steve is admitted to practice in Virginia; the District of Columbia; Maryland; the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia; the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; the United States District Court for the District of Columbia; the United States District Court for the District of Maryland; the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia; the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; the United States Tax Court; and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Education and Professional Credentials

• Graduate, Mary Washington College
• Graduate, University of North Carolina School of Law
• Admitted to practice in Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and other courts as noted above
• National Trial Advocacy College (Charlottesville, Virginia)

Published Court's Opinion

• SPECTRA-4, LLP, et. al. v. Uniwest Commercial Realty, Inc. (June 4, 2015)
• Shenandoah Corporation, Plaintiff, v. Joanne Becker, et al., Defendants. (February 3, 2015)
• Howard B. Silberberg, et. al., Plaintiffs, v. Joanne S. Becker, et al., Defendants. (November 21, 2014)
Christine Dolby v. Catherine Dolby, et al. (June 10, 2010)
Wenke v. Emerald Lake Homes, L.C., et al. (May 26, 2004)