Charles F. B. McAleer, Jr. (“Chas”) is a native Washingtonian who obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University. He is a member of the Bars of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia, and he began his practice in Alexandria in 1984. He was an associate and subsequently a shareholder at Hazel & Thomas, P.C. for thirteen years, and a shareholder of Miller & Chevalier Chartered in Washington, D.C. for twenty-two years thereafter. In October 2020 he became a shareholder of Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C. in Arlington, where he has rejoined several of his former colleagues from Hazel & Thomas.
Chas is an experienced business litigator and counselor, having represented many for-profit and nonprofit companies and individuals, over a wide range of business disputes and transactions in the financial services, professional services, technology and government contracts industries. He has advised many clients on corporate governance, fiduciary duty issues and intra-entity disputes. He recently helped to achieve a ground-breaking settlement for three nonprofit companies and their officers and directors, resolving a seven-year litigation filed by a state attorney general. An important part of his practice over the years has been pro bono work, including in the areas of child custody and protection, tenant rights, disability rights and prisoner rights. In the Fall of 2021 Chas will begin the training to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Alexandria and Arlington, a program administered under the auspices of Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia, founded by Mr. David Cleary of Alexandria. Chas is a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation and a Permanent Member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, as well as a member of the Virginia Bar Association, the Alexandria Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He previously served as President and Board Member of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, associated with the Alexandria federal court.
Chas and his wife, Ysabel Burns McAleer, moved to Alexandria in 1990 with their son, Owen. Over the years Chas has served as a tutor in the Alexandria city school system, a youth soccer coach and an NVSL swim team official. Chas first learned about the critical work of the Campagna Center through Ysabel, who has served as both member and officer of the Junior Friends, and co-chair of the Scottish Christmas Walk. She subsequently served the Campagna Center as a long-time member of the finance committee, a member of the board of directors, president of the board of directors, and (currently) as a Supporting Friend. Ysabel’s dedication to the mission of the Campagna Center has inspired Chas as he begins his own service on the Board.