Constantinos G. Panagopoulos

Tel 202.661.2202
Fax 202.661.2299
Washington, DC

Constantinos G. Panagopoulos is known for his work in commercial litigation, commercial real estate recovery, consumer financial services, mortgage banking, and labor and employment. Dino has extensive experience handling commercial litigation involving contracts, partnership disputes, class actions, and lender liability. He also assists financial institutions and other lenders in working out non-performing and defaulted loans and in negotiating and drafting related agreements. He has significant experience representing lenders in mortgage-related matters brought by borrowers, and representing clients in enforcement proceedings before administrative agencies. He also has represented contractors and building owners in hazardous materials cases, including lead-based paint and mold remediation.

Dino's employment practice encompasses representing employers and management in a wide variety of labor and employment issues, including discrimination, harassment, and other civil rights litigation. He handles grievance arbitrations, restrictive covenant/trade secret claims, AAP drafting, OFCCP audits, Department of Labor audits, daily employment counseling and advice, RIF planning, executive compensation agreements, personnel policy manual drafting, and human resources/management/employee training programs and seminars.

Dino's litigation experience includes arbitrations and state and federal jury and non-jury trials. He has argued cases before numerous state and federal appellate courts.

Representative Matters

  • Represented an International Commission in class action claims arising out of unpaid Holocaust-era insurance claims (Steinberg v. International Com. on Holocaust Era Ins. Claims, 133 Cal. App. 4th 689 (Cal. Ct. App. 2005))
  • Defended and prosecuted contractors in mold-related defective construction claims in Minnesota, the District of Columbia, and Virginia, including claims related to the Senate childcare facility
  • Represented lenders in lender liability actions in Virginia, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, New Jersey, Texas, Oklahoma, and Indiana
  • Defended a Texas finance company in claims asserted against it in Maryland bankruptcy court and prosecuted indemnity claims against former partners in federal court
  • Represented approximately 200 credit card issuers in fraud claims related to the theft of millions of credit card account numbers
  • Prosecuted claims against shareholders who attempted to block the sale of a subsidiary of a large financial institution to another company
  • Represented lenders in wrongful foreclosure and other mortgage-related cases in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia
  • Represented lenders in OIG investigations relating to HUD-insured loans
  • Represented Housing Authority executive director in debarment proceedings before HUD
  • Represented Housing Authority in inspector general investigation related to contract awards 
  • Represented clients in OFCCP audits in Michigan, Ohio, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland

Pro Bono Experience

Dino currently represents a client in prisoner's rights litigation. In 2013, he was honored by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs in recognition of his outstanding pro bono service contributions to the Washington, D.C., community.

Professional Activities

Northern Virginia Society for Human Resource Management

Recognition & Accomplishments

Named to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and Superior Court of the District of Columbia's Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll in 2013 and 2014, for providing 50 hours or more of pro bono service in the prior calendar year

Recipient, Ballard Spahr's 2013 Alan J. Davis Award, for his pro bono work as a member of the Prisoner Civil Rights Team

Speaking Engagements

"Rise of the Gig Economy: Legal Issues All Companies Should Know About Flexible and Contingent Staffing," The Future of Human Resources: Cutting Edge Issues for Every Employer, Ballard Spahr webinar, November 8, 2018

Speaker, "Setting Ground Rules Before Litigation: Tips for Transactional Lawyers," Ballard Spahr CLE webinar, March 21, 2017

"Health Care Reform – Decisions for Employers in 2013," Ballard Spahr Housing webinar, July 16, 2013

"Avoiding the Pitfalls of 'Bring Your Own Device' Policies," Ballard Spahr webinar, June 12, 2013

"A PHA’s Responsibility under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," Housing and Development Law Institute's HDLI Spring CLE Conference, Washington, D.C., April 25, 2013

Panelist, "The Office of Minority and Women Inclusion of the CFPB and Other Federal Agencies: What It Is and How To Prepare for It," Ballard Spahr webinar, November 5, 2012

Panelist, "The Evolution of Mortgage Servicing: How the CFPB’s Proposed Servicing Rules Will Affect the Industry," Ballard Spahr webinar, September 6, 2012

Panelist, "Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs: What's in Store for 2012?" Ballard Spahr webinar, November 17, 2011


Co-author, "Now Might Be a Good Time to Review FLSA Overtime Exemptions," Title News, July 2015

Board Memberships

First Baptist Church of Alexandria

INSIGHT Into Diversity Publishing Board

George Washington University Law School (J.D. 1991, with honors)

Baylor University (B.A. 1988, cum laude)



District of Columbia



U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia