Charles L. Menges Partner

Charlie is a versatile transactional lawyer with years of experience handling sophisticated real estate, finance and other types of transactions for clients throughout the United States, including Fortune 500 companies, private equity funds, institutional lenders and real estate investment trusts, in addition to closely held companies and high net worth individuals. He is a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America named him Richmond’s 2018 "Lawyer of the Year" for real estate law.

Charlie manages real estate transactions involving single projects of various asset classes, including hotels, office buildings, retail projects and industrial properties, as well as real estate portfolios with assets in multiple states and outside of the U.S. He often handles the real estate aspects of mergers and acquisitions and large debt finance transactions. The experience he has gained in a variety of real estate and finance transactions enables him to guide clients in structuring, negotiating, documenting and closing such transactions so as to achieve the client’s objectives in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

In banking and finance, Charlie represents institutional lenders and corporate borrowers in leveraged and unleveraged debt finance transactions, whether real estate-based or otherwise, including asset-based loans, unsecured investment-grade lending, syndicated credits of various types, lease finance transactions (including synthetic leases), M&A financings, conduit lending/securitization, sale of loan portfolios, loan workouts and restructuring, and portfolio mortgage loans.

One area in which Charlie has focused his practice is the hospitality and resorts industry, where he frequently represents owners, developers and lenders in connection with the purchase, financing, operation and sale of hotels, including negotiating management agreements and franchise agreements. He also advises hotels, private resort clubs and other hospitality clients on meeting contracts, vendor relationships, membership issues and other matters. Charlie is a past chair of the ACREL Hotels, Resorts and Hospitality Industry Committee and frequently lectures on topics of interest to the hotel industry.

Charlie regularly serves as local counsel in multistate financing transactions and, among other things, coordinates the issuance of local counsel opinions for the various states within McGuireWoods’ geographic footprint, as well as cross-border opinions in international finance transactions. He co-chairs the firm’s Opinion Committee and has lectured and written extensively on opinion practice. He is a member of the board of directors of the Working Group on Legal Opinions Foundation, past chair of the Committee on Legal Opinions in Real Estate Transactions of the ABA’s Section on Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, and vice chair of the ACREL Attorneys’ Opinions Committee.


Representation of public company in refinancing newspaper and television broadcast assets with syndicated credit facilities and public debt issuance in the aggregate amount of more than $900 million.

Representation of hospitality finance group of major bank in loans to finance hotels in California, Florida and New York.

Representation of hospitality REITs in acquiring and financing hotels in various states.

Representation of convenience store company in acquisition of 220 additional locations and syndicated credit facilities in the aggregate amount of $235 million and real estate loan in the amount of $39.1 million.

Representation of Fortune 500 public company in connection with $4 billion unsecured syndicated credit facility.

Representation of seller in sale of destination resort and conference center near Williamsburg, Virginia.

Representation of a lending syndicate in a $220 million revolving credit facility for public hotel company owning boutique urban hotels in New York and Florida.

Representation of public company in connection with Chapter 11 bankruptcy of world-renown destination resort in West Virginia and sale of resort.

Representation of closely held non-destructive testing company in connection with $160 million secured credit facility.

Representation of borrowers and lenders as local counsel in numerous financing transactions in various states in connection with syndicated credit facilities, Rule 144A private placements, registered public debt offerings, M&A transactions and real estate loans, including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and HUD loans for multifamily and assisted living facilities.

  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD, Order of the Coif, 1977
  • The College of William & Mary, AB, 1974

American College of Real Estate Lawyers:  Fellow

American Bar Association:  Member, Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law; Member, Section of Business Law; Member, Legal Opinions Committee, Section of Business Law; Chair, Committee on Legal Opinions in Real Estate Transactions, Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law

Virginia Bar Association:  Member, Real Estate Section; Member, Business Law Section; Past Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Member, Real Estate Section Council; Past Chairman, Real Estate Section Opinion Letter Committee; Past Chairman, Real Estate Section Legislative Committee

Virginia State Bar:  Member, Real Property Section

Working Group on Legal Opinions: Member, Law Firm Advisory Board

  • Panelist, "Fault Lines in Hotels," ACREL Midyear Meeting, March 28, 2014
  • Panelist, "2014 Fundamentals of Commercial Real Estate: An Introduction to Third Party Opinion Letter Policy & Some Practice Pointers for Transactional Attorneys," ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, March 19, 2014
  • Panelist, "Enforceability Opinions and Their Qualifications," ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, January 15, 2014
  • Lecturer, "Local Counsel Opinions for Real Estate Lawyers," 35th Annual Advanced Real Estate Course, Texas Bar CLE, July 12, 2013
  • Lecturer, "Third Party Opinion Letters," 17th Annual Advanced Real Estate Seminar, Virginia CLE, March 1, 2013
  • Moderator and Panelist, "Local Counsel Opinions," American Bar Association Annual Meeting, August 5, 2012
  • Moderator and Panelist, "Special Issues in Real Estate Opinions," Working Group on Legal Opinions Spring Seminar, May 22, 2012
  • Moderator and Panelist, "Understanding and Negotiating Legal Opinions for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac," 23rd Spring Symposia of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Section, American Bar Association, May 3, 2012
  • Lecturer, "Closing Opinions of Inside Counsel in Real Estate Transactions," Association of Corporate Counsel Real Estate Committee, February 16, 2012
  • Lecturer, "Debt Facilities - A Few Basics," Dominion Resources, Inc., October 26, 2011
  • Moderator and Panelist, "HUD Legal Opinions in Multifamily Mortgage Loan Transaction: Understanding the New Opinion Form," American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Section eCLE Program, July 13, 2011
  • Moderator and Panelist, "Opinions to Federal Agencies: Does Customary Practice Matter?," American Bar Association Annual Meeting, August 8, 2010
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

Named "Lawyer of the Year," Real Estate Law, Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2018

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, Banking and Finance Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2010-2019

Named to "Virginia Super Lawyers," Real Estate, Banking, Business/Corporate, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2006-2013

Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers

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