General Practice

Channing M. Hall, III, P.L.L.C., maintains a general practice of law, representing clients in a broad spectrum of legal subjects. Mr. Hall applies his knowledge and experience in a variety of substantive areas of the law to provide general legal advice, counsel, and services, to a wide range of clients, from individuals to corporations and other entities, regarding a diversity of their personal and business affairs. While the firm places particular emphasis on the areas described below, Mr. Hall also assists clients in selecting, supervising, and managing appropriate associated counsel, in those specialized areas where he does not concentrate his practice, when required to serve fully the objectives of those he represents.

Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning

Working closely with the client's team of accountants, insurance and financial advisers, bankers, portfolio managers, and/or trust officers, Mr. Hall develops, plans, and implements estate plans designed to meet the client's personal, tax, and family objectives, whether "routine" or sophisticated. Mr. Hall drafts wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and advance medical directives, as well as more specialized documents, such as irrevocable life insurance trusts, generation-skipping trusts, family limited partnerships and limited liability companies, charitable trusts, lifetime giving plans, children's trusts, and other instruments, to minimize taxes, and to preserve and transfer wealth.

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Power of Attorney
  • Advance Medical Directives

Estate & Trust Administration

Mr. Hall represents executors, trustees, beneficiaries, and heirs regarding the administration of trusts and decedents' estates, probate, post-death tax planning, administrative filings with local Clerks of Court and Commissioners of Account, compliance with Federal tax laws and other governmental filings, and disputes regarding trusts and estates.


Having received an advanced law degree in taxation, and served as an Attorney-Advisor to a Judge of the United States Tax Court, Mr. Hall assists clients in the formulation and implementation of various tax planning strategies. The firm also represents clients in the resolution of tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service, including audit, appeals, and litigation in the Unites States Tax Court and other venues.

Business Formation & Transactions

Mr. Hall helps clients regarding the formation and capitalization of their businesses, and the selection of the appropriate business entity in which to operate their enterprise, whether "C" or "S" corporation, limited liability company, or partnership. With respect to existing businesses, Mr. Hall plans and implements the acquisition and disposition of business enterprises through stock and asset sales, merger and reorganization transactions, the succession and transfer of ownership in family businesses, business contracts and negotiations, and a wide variety of commercial transactions.

Litigation & Personal Injury

Mr. Hall practices in civil trial matters in the State and Federal Courts for the Commonwealth of Virginia, in all types of personal, commercial, and business disputes, ranging from personal injury to commercial, contractual, and other matters.

Real Estate

Mr. Hall counsels clients on the acquisition, financing, disposition, leasing, management, and development of both residential and commercial real estate, whether a simple "house closing" or a more elaborate transaction.

Venture Capital

Because of his former affiliation with a private equity investment firm, Mr. Hall can offer advice to clients in the acquisition of venture capital, "angel," and mezzanine financing, for start-up, early-stage, and late-stage emerging growth and "new" economy companies, and in the assembling of appropriate securities lawyers, venture capitalists, and investment bankers, to serve a company's capitalization needs.