William R. Van Buren III


Bill is the Chairman of Kaufman & Canoles. His commercial law practice includes corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, capital formation, contract negotiation, and health care.

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, 1996-2019
  • Norfolk Health Care Law Lawyer of the Year; Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • Virginia Super Lawyers; Law & Politics, 2007-2014
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, Law & Politics, 2009
  • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2004-2018
  • America’s Leading Business Lawyers; Chambers USA; Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2007-2013, 2017-2018
  • The Power List; Inside Business, 2013-2015, 2018
  • Top Lawyers; CoVaBIZ, 2017/18, 2019
  • 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

Press & Publications