Charles L. Menges Partner

Charlie is an experienced and versatile transactional lawyer who handles 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, in 2018, Best Lawyers in America named him Richmond’s "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 wide 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, chair of the Legal Opinions Committee of the Virginia Bar Association, 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 $6 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; Vice-Chair, Attorney’s Opinion Committee; Past chair, Hotels, Resorts and Hospitality Committee

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; Member and past 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; Chair, Legal Opinions Committee, Past Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Member, Real Estate Section Council

Virginia State Bar:  Member, Real Property Section

Working Group on Legal Opinions: Member, Board of Directors

  • Moderator and Panelist, "Old Brands, New Brands, Too Many Brands? A Real Estate Lawyer’s Introduction to the Strange World of Hotel Franchise Agreements," American College of Real Estate Lawyers Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, October 19, 2018
  • Panelist, "Real Estate Opinion Letter Fundamentals," webinar sponsored by Lorman Education Services, July 12, 2018
  • Panelist, "So Who is My Client in this Deal? Ethical Issues in Giving Local and Special Counsel Opinions," 26th Annual Affordable Housing and Community Development Law Conference, American Bar Association, Washington, D.C., May 26, 2017
  • Panelist, "There’s an App for That: AirBnB, VRBO and Other On-Line Rental Programs: The Sharing Economy Comes to Real Estate," American College of Real Estate Lawyers Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, October 24, 2015
  • Moderator and Panelist, "Risky Business: Who Gets Sued Over Opinion Letters and How Can You Reduce Your Chances of Being Next," Spring Symposia CLE Meeting, ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, May 1, 2015
  • 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
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, Banking and Finance Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2010-2022

Named to "Legal Elite," Real Estate/Land Use, Virginia Business, 2021

Recipient, Allen C. Goolsby Legislative Advocacy Award, Virginia Bar Association, 2020

Named "Lawyer of the Year," Real Estate Law, Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2018, 2020

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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