William R. Van Buren III


Bill is the Chairman of Kaufman & Canoles and recognized as one of the leading lawyers in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate and health care law. Bill is known for his ability to create unique solutions that facilitate rather than hinder the process. Having grown up in a family business, Bill knows first-hand the challenges of running a company. His expertise as a business advisor comes not only from his legal background, but also from personal experience. Bill’s commercial law practice includes corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, capital formation, contract negotiation and health care. His extensive mergers and acquisitions experience involves the full range of M&A transactions including public company mergers, private company acquisitions and dispositions, and strategic investments. In his health care practice, Bill brings together physicians and other health care providers, enabling them to compete in a constantly evolving industry. He enjoys the challenge of crafting a transaction in which everyone involved is satisfied. Because every deal is different, Bill always looks for an innovative approach. Bill is a former past president of the Virginia Bar Association and the Virginia Law Foundation and serves on numerous boards in the community. Bill earned his law degree at the University of Virginia School of Law and his undergraduate business degree at the College of William and Mary. He was inducted into the 2002 class of Fellows of The Virginia Law Foundation and has been repeatedly recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Virginia Super Lawyers, and Virginia Business magazine’s Legal Elite.

Representative Matters

  • Represented purchaser of multiple minor league baseball franchises including Calgary Cannons, Bowie Baysox and Frederick Keys
  • Served as borrower counsel in $165,000,000 high-yield debt financing
  • Facilitated and closed a number of major medical group integrations including Urology of Virginia, PLLC, Northern Virginia Urology, PLLC and New Jersey Urology, PLLC
  • Represented multiple buyers and sellers of major automobile dealerships, including Toyota, BMW, Chevrolet and Nissan franchises
  • Coordinated the organization and financing of $100,000,000 plus continuing care retirement community project
  • Served as Virginia counsel to large international hedge fund in proxy contest involving a Fortune 500 company
  • Represented management team of a direct marketing company in connection with $12,000,000 leveraged buy-out from the bankruptcy estate of its parent company and in connection with multiple follow on acquisitions and divestitures

Recognition & Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America, 1996-2020
  • Norfolk Health Care Law “Lawyer of the Year”; Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • Virginia Super Lawyers; Law & Politics, 2007-2015, 2020
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, Law & Politics, 2009
  • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business magazine, 2004-2019
  • America’s Leading Business Lawyers; Chambers USA; Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2007-2013, 2017-2020
  • The Power List; Inside Business, 2013-2015, 2018-2020
  • Top Lawyers; CoVaBIZ, 2017-2020
  • William B. Spong, Jr. Professionalism Award; Virginia Bar Association, 2010
  • Leader in the Law; Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2007
  • Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation Class of 2002
  • AV® Rated; Martindale-Hubbell


  • American Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association; Past President, 2006
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Virginia Bar Association, Committee on Special Issues of National and State Importance, 2016- Present, Young Lawyers Section; Past Chairman, 1991
  • Virginia Law Foundation; Past President
  • EVMS Health Services Foundation; Board of Directors
  • Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater; Board of Directors
  • Fort Norfolk Retirement Community, Inc.; Executive Committee and Board Member; Chairman, Board of Directors 2010-2013
  • Virginia Symphony Orchestra; Board of Directors
  • Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges; Board of Trustees
  • Hampton Roads Business Roundtable; Executive Committee
  • SunTrust Bank; Hampton Roads Regional Advisory Board
  • Virginia Bar Association Commission on Professionalism; Founding Member
  • Norfolk Academy; Board of Trustees, 2011- Present; President, Board of Trustees, 2011-2014


  • College of William & Mary; B.B.A., 1978
  • University of Virginia School of Law; J.D., 1981

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