Careers

Kaufman & Canoles could be the perfect business law firm for you. You will find success – and great satisfaction – if your vision for your own career matches up with our core values: forward-thinking, hard-working, progressive, entrepreneurial and a can-do spirit. An energizing and professional work environment, Kaufman & Canoles offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package that includes:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Profit Sharing/401(k)
  • Generous Leave Benefits
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Tuition Reimbursement

Kaufman & Canoles is an equal opportunity employer. Click here to view our EEO policy. To find out more about current opportunities and submitting your resume, select from the following:

  • Staff

    Records Clerk

    Our attorneys have earned a reputation for outstanding legal services to clients. We are well established in the legal community and have an excellent reputation with the judiciary as well as with other attorneys. We keep abreast of changes in the law; we are readily accessible, and we render service in a timely manner. In short, we hold ourselves to the highest standards, and we are zealous, compassionate advocates for our clients.

    The Norfolk office of Kaufman & Canoles is seeking a full-time Records Clerk to provide attorneys and staff with administrative support. Candidates should possess a high school diploma or equivalent; some college experience is preferred. Law firm experience is desired. Must have exceptional attention to detail, proofreading and analytical skills, and the ability to life 25 lbs on a daily basis. Proficiency in Microsoft Office 2016 is required. The position requires someone who is able to work well as part of a team and who can also stay motivated while working independently.

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • File creation and file maintenance
    • Bar-code tracking
    • Records retention
    • File destruction
    • Maintain firms docketing system
    • Identify unnamed mail and faxes
    • Provide conflict resolution
    • Completes other projects in the Records Department as assigned by the supervisor

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • High school diploma or equivalent required
    • Exceptional organizational skills, strong ability to multi-task and attention to detail
    • Ability to work successfully within a team environment
    • Operational knowledge of standard office equipment including copier, scanner, and telephone
    • Excellent communication and writing skills
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office 2016 and Outlook
    • Ability to routinely lift, carry, push, pull, slide materials weighing up to 25 lbs.

    BENEFITS:

    We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. Benefits include: medical, dental, life insurance, 401(k)/profit sharing, paid time off, and long term and short term disability.

    Kaufman & Canoles is committed to equal employment opportunity (EEO) in all aspects of our employment and retention practices and decisions.

  • Attorney

    Government Contracts & Construction Associate

    Kaufman & Canoles is a highly respected corporate law firm with eight offices located throughout Virginia. The Kaufman & Canoles Norfolk office is seeking a government contracts and construction associate in its Litigation Section with 2-3 years of private practice experience. The candidate will be involved with construction litigation and government contract matters and assist in other commercial litigation practice areas.

    Responsibilities:

    • Represent clients in public and private construction and government contract claims and dispute resolution
    • Provide effective practical advice to clients regarding construction and government contract issues
    • Represent clients in bid protests (federal, state and local level)
    • Assist white-collar attorneys in procurement fraud investigations and prosecutions
    • Draft and negotiate construction contracts
    • Assist in commercial litigation matters from initial intake through trial

    Qualifications:

    • Experience with public and private construction and government contract claims and dispute resolution
    • Experience with federal, state and local public procurement-related issues
    • Excellent writing, research, and analytical skills
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationship with clients, other firm attorneys, support staff and outside professionals

    Education:

    •  Juris Doctorate degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association with an outstanding academic record
    • Admission to the Virginia Bar
    • Judicial clerkship experience preferred

    Benefits:

    Kaufman & Canoles offers a generous compensation and benefits package which includes a competitive salary, medical, dental, life insurance, 401(k)/profit sharing, paid time off and long term disability.

    Kaufman & Canoles is committed to equal employment opportunity in all aspects of our employment and retention practices and decisions.

    Public Finance Associate

    Kaufman & Canoles is a highly respected corporate law firm with eight offices located throughout Virginia. We are well established in the legal community, with an excellent reputation with the judiciary as well as other attorneys. We have built our reputation on excellent client service, and we promote a culture of teamwork and a “can do” attitude. We keep abreast of changes in the law, we are readily accessible, and we render service in a timely manner. In short, we hold ourselves to the highest standards, and we are zealous, compassionate advocates for our clients.

    Kaufman & Canoles is seeking a highly qualified Associate for the Public Finance Team in the firm’s Richmond office. Qualified candidates will have 3+ years of extensive law firm public finance transactional experience in work that spans municipality and government, infrastructure and tax-advantaged finance, project development, and finance.

    Responsibilities:

    • Provide effective and practical advice to clients to assist them in promoting their best interests
    • Draft, review and prepare financing documents and other transaction documents
    • Handle various tasks related to a public finance transaction including due diligence, securities law and tax law compliance, etc.
    • Participate in conferences, public meetings, and in-person meetings with clients
    • Research and draft memoranda related to local government and general counsel matters

    Qualifications:

    • Prefer three or more years’ prior experience in public finance transactions
    • Excellent writing, research, and analytical skills
    • Strong organizational and matter management skills
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, other firm attorneys, support staff, and outside professionals

    Education:

    • Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association with an outstanding academic record
    • Admission to the Virginia Bar
    • Must be and remain licensed to practice law and in good standing in the State of Virginia
    • During employment, must meet requirements for continuing licensure for law practice; some opportunities for obtaining in-house CLE through Kaufman & Canoles will be available

    Benefits:
    Kaufman & Canoles offers a very generous compensation and benefits package which includes a competitive salary, medical, dental, life insurance, 401(k)/profit sharing, paid time off, and long term disability.

    Kaufman & Canoles is committed to equal employment opportunity (EEO) in all aspects of our employment and retention practices and decisions.

    Public Finance Associate

    Real Estate Litigation Associate

    Kaufman & Canoles is a highly respected corporate law firm with eight offices located throughout Virginia. We are well established in the legal community, with an excellent reputation with the judiciary as well as other attorneys. We have built our reputation on quality client services. We promote a culture of teamwork and a “can do” attitude. We keep abreast of changes in the law, we are readily accessible, and we render service in a timely manner. In short, we hold ourselves to the highest standards, and we are zealous, compassionate advocates for our clients.

    The Kaufman & Canoles Virginia Beach office is seeking an experienced and highly qualified Associate for litigation regarding real estate, title insurance, construction, creditor’s rights and related areas. Candidates should possess an understanding of the Rules of Civil Procedure, and have a working knowledge of various real estate issues including, but not limited to, deeds and deeds of trust, boundary lines, easements, partitions, intestacy laws, judgments and lien priority.

    Responsibilities:

    • Analyze the issues surrounding the matter and develop a strategy for resolving the matter in an efficient and effective manner under the supervision of senior attorneys
    • Provide effective and practical advice to clients regarding litigation involving real estate title matters
    • Prepare and review court pleadings
    • Participate in trial preparation to include drafting pretrial motions, answering discovery requests, preparation for depositions
    • Research and drat memoranda of law and briefs
    • Participate in pretrial and trial hearings
    • Prepare, review and edit deeds, deeds of trust, deeds of easement, boundary line agreements and similar documents under the supervision of senior attorneys
    • The Associate will be asked to conduct settlement negotiations, mediations, arbitrations with third parties and counseling of clients

    Qualifications:

    • Level of experience: 3-5 years with demonstrated litigation experience and in-depth working knowledge of real estate litigation and construction litigation, specifically
    • Motivated, self-starter
    • Excellent writing, research, analytical, public speaking and communication skills
    • Strong organizational and matter management skills
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, other firm attorneys, support staff and outside professionals
    • Strong ethics, strong work ethic, sense of loyalty, superior academic credentials, strong recommendations from current employer or employers, “can do” attitude, connections to South Hampton Roads preferred

    Note: In order to be considered for this position you will need to attach a writing sample to your application.

    Education:

    • Juris Doctorate degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association with an outstanding academic record
    • Admission to the Virginia Bar
    • Must be and remain licensed to practice law in Virginia and be in good standing in the State of Virginia
    • During employment, must meet requirements for continuing licensure for law practice; some opportunities for obtaining in-houses CLE through Kaufman & Canoles will be available

    Benefits:

    Kaufman & Canoles offers a generous compensation and benefits package which includes a competitive salary, medical, dental, life insurance, 401(k)/profit sharing, paid time off, and long term disability.

    Kaufman & Canoles is committed to equal employment opportunity in all aspects of our employment and retention practices and decisions.

  • Law Students

    Summer Associates

    Summer associates gain a truly realistic view of what an associate's life at our firm is all about. You'll have assignments from several areas of our practice and you'll have the opportunity to work with a variety of attorneys. You will attend courtroom proceedings, client conferences, closings, depositions and firm-sponsored seminars. We will also match you with lawyer mentors to enrich your professional development.

    Quality of life is important to us, and being located in the heart of a resort destination will give you countless opportunities to see, learn and enjoy. The area offers boating, Triple-A baseball, concerts, theater, excellent museums and a world of outdoor activities, all in full swing during our summer program.

    Summer associates experience all facets of life here, hard work included, so decisions about your future and full-time employment can be made with eyes wide open. If our past summer associates' experiences are any indication, you will love our philosophy of hard work and great rewards.

    For information regarding diversity at Kaufman & Canoles, please click here.

     

  • Diversity & Inclusion

    Our Commitment to Diversity

    Commitment to diversity is a core value at Kaufman & Canoles, and it is our mission to maintain equality throughout all aspects of our business.  Not only does it make us a stronger, better service provider for our clients, it is simply the right thing to do. That’s why we have established a Diversity & Inclusion Committee to:

    • Develop policies to recruit, hire and retain more attorneys of diverse backgrounds;
    • Promote the firm’s image as a leader in the profession and in our communities committed to inclusiveness in employment; and
    • Emphasize the importance of diversity and inclusion in the firm’s recruiting, retention, mentoring, leadership development, training and community outreach.

    In an effort to improve our recruiting of talented diverse attorneys, we focus on early identification of minority candidates who demonstrate an aptitude for and interest in the legal profession, sponsor events in our community that raise awareness and funds for minority organizations, attend diversity seminars, host minority recruiting events to introduce students to the firm, and serve on non-profit boards that promote diversity within our community.

    Please click here to learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.