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

    Family Law Legal Assistant

    Our Family Law attorneys have earned a reputation for outstanding legal services to clients in all aspects of this practice area. 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.

    Kaufman & Canoles' Family Law practice seeks an experienced Legal Assistant to perform a variety of administrative duties in support of attorneys. Candidates must possess a minimum of three years relevant work experience, proficiency in Microsoft Office 2016, and typing skills at a level of 65 WPM. The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential.

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    1. Delivers superior client service and acts as liaison between clients and the attorneys by maintaining continual communications via email, telephone, and in person.
    2. Follows up with clients regarding status of cases, appointments, billing, etc.
    3. Prepares routine correspondence, form pleadings, discovery documents, reports, and other documents.
    4. Arranges and schedules client appointments, meetings, and conference calls.
    5. Maintains files and sub-files.
    6. Creates binders to organize and index all documents for a particular case.
    7. Prepares and sends billing statements monthly.
    8. Inputs timekeeper data.
    9. Performs a variety of other administrative tasks as assigned.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    1. High school diploma or equivalent required.
    2. Minimum of three years relevant work experience with family law or litigation background preferred.
    3. Proficiency in Microsoft Office 2016 and document management software; typing at a level of 65 WPM.
    4. Operational knowledge of standard office equipment including copier, scanner, telephone, and dictation equipment.
    5. Demonstrated understanding of legal terminology.
    6. Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to multitask, prioritize competing responsibilities, and meet tight deadlines.
    7. Proven meticulous attention to detail and proofreading skills.
    8. Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
    9. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, attorneys, co-workers, and other outside professionals.

    BENEFITS:

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

    Business Application Specialist

    The Norfolk office of Kaufman & Canoles is seeking an IT Business Application Specialist. The IT Business Application Specialist provides application support to the operation of the firm. This position responsible for evaluating, maintaining, enhancing, and supporting software application packages in use on the network. This is a full-time, exempt position, and hours of work and days are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Guides I/T staff, vendors and consultants in resolving computer problems related to the use of programs and systems.
    • Manages development, implementation and maintenance of productivity applications, programs and/or systems for the Firm.
    • Establishes and maintains business (software) application portfolio.
    • Works with Chief Technology Officer and IT Operations Manager to establish predefined standards for maintaining system standards.
    • Collaborates with appropriate personnel, vendors, consultants and users to maintain currency of systems within predefined standard.
    • Participates in design, construction, implementation, review, ongoing maintenance of Firm’s Website(s) and Intranet; develops, implements, maintains programs and systems designed to be operated securely while integrated into Firm’s overall Web presence(s).
    • Exercises independent judgement and discretion in overall project management by prioritizing, planning and tracking project progress.
    • Enforces policies and procedures; conducts meetings; evaluates staff and vendor performance; ensures user service standards and project objectives are met; coordinates work between staff and vendors; assists in interviewing applicants and vendors and recommending hiring decisions.
    • Attends meetings to discuss projects, policies and/or procedures.
    • Supports change management processes within Firm’s I/T environment.
    • Represents the Firm in overseeing and working on projects involving external consultants and vendors
    • Identifies and plans future system and infrastructure and application upgrades, migrations and deployments.
    • Manages projects using industry best practice, including the formation of project objectives and defined requirements and scopes.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Three (3) or more years of progressive experience with technology solutions/applications and processes.
    • Technical knowledge of personal computers and software as normally acquired through technical course work or equivalent experience.
    • Expert technical skills and ability to operate and support large data processing operations, including advanced knowledge of hardware, operating systems, DBMSs, spreadsheets, word processing, and communications packages currently in use, specifically the Microsoft Office Suite.
    • Advanced knowledge of and familiarity with VBA and scripting languages.
    • Maintenance of Active Directory Account.
    • Maintenance and creation of group policies.
    • Knowledge of SQL Server, including queries, SQL Server Agent jobs, database maintenance.
    • Knowledge of Elite 3E, including Elite Design Gallery.
    • Knowledge of Document Management System, specifically iManage.
    • Office template and numbering packages, specifically BigHand Create and Hyperstyles.
    • Interpersonal skills necessary to assist staff and attorneys and train users on system operations and to communicate by phone and provide information with ordinary courtesy and tact.
    • Ability to recognize and solve routine problems, including data entry errors, hardware failures, and policy adherence problems.
    • Must have reliable transportation and valid driver’s license for occasional travel for firm business.
    • Preferred Education and Experience -BS in computer science or related field, or equivalent work experience.

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

    Trust & Estate Paralegal

    The Kaufman & Canoles Private Client Services Group practice is seeking a qualified Trust & Estate Paralegal to assist in the Trust and Estate practice area of our Norfolk office.
    Our Private Client Services team is the second largest in the state and consists of an integrated group of over 30 lawyers, specialists, paralegals and other support personnel. Unlike many firms, we perform the full range of trusts and estates planning and administration, from the initial meetings with clients to the ultimate administration of their desires, and all tax filings required throughout that process. We are committed to provide thoughtful and cost effective services to the full range of our clients, from those with modest wealth to those with significant estates. Due to our firm’s longevity, we have client relationships going into the 4th and 5th generations. We have a reputation of providing the highest level of service amongst our peers and all of the team enjoys deep and rewarding working relationships with both our clients and within our group. We value a pleasant work environment with positive people working at a high level of competency and responsibility.

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    1. Manage bank and brokerage accounts for numerous individual Trusts and Estates, including making account disbursements and deposits, maintaining balances, transferring funds, and reconciling accounts.
    2. Provide support to the Attorneys and Paralegals to include preparation of correspondence and other documents, maintain files and sub-files, and perform a variety of other administrative tasks as assigned.
    3. Interact with various banks and brokerage firms via telephone and email.
    4. Prepare and maintain Excel spreadsheets; file quarterly estimated tax payments; compile tax packages; and prepare correspondence to file returns with taxing authorities.
    5. Schedule and prepare required documentation for probated estates
    6. Schedule Show Cause Hearings and prepare required documentation, schedule attorney attendance, and follow up with Circuit Court, as needed.
    7. Obtain tax identification numbers online through the Internal Revenue Service.
    8. Organize monthly account activity to forward to accounting outsourcing company.
    9. Determine automobile valuations and conduct unclaimed property searches.
    10. Maintain detailed and accurate daily billable hour records.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    1. Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
    2. One or more years’ work experience in a professional office environment is beneficial.
    3. Proficiency in Microsoft Office 2016 with working knowledge of Excel.
    4. Demonstrated exceptional mathematical aptitude.
    5. Ability to work both independently and within a team environment.
    6. Proven organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail.
    7. Ability to multi-task, prioritize competing responsibilities, and meet deadlines.
    8. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, attorneys, co-workers, and other outside professionals.
    9. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    10. Must be a self-starter and have a strong work ethic.

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

    Trust and Estate Paralegal

    Private Client Trust & Estate Tax Specialist

    The Kaufman & Canoles Private Client Services Group practice is seeking a qualified Private Client Trust & Estate Tax Specialist to manage complex trust and estate administration and prepare tax returns in our Norfolk office. This is an ideal opportunity for an individual seeking an alternative to an accounting firm, bank trust department or financial services firm.
    Our Private Client Services team is the second largest in the state and consists of an integrated group of over 30 lawyers, specialists, paralegals and other support personnel. Unlike many firms, we perform the full range of trusts and estates planning and administration, from the initial meetings with clients to the ultimate administration of their desires, and all tax filings required throughout that process. We are committed to provide thoughtful and cost effective services to the full range of our clients, from those with modest wealth to those with significant estates. Due to our firm’s longevity, we have client relationships going into the 4th and 5th generations. We have a reputation of providing the highest level of service amongst our peers and all of the team enjoys deep and rewarding working relationships with both our clients and within our group. We value a pleasant work environment with positive people working at a high level of competency and responsibility.

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    1. Prepare complex estate, gift, and fiduciary income tax returns.
    2. Research federal, state, and local tax laws related to client tax preparation.
    3. Review estate documents for state/federal filing requirements and document provisions.
    4. Manage trust and probate administration, drafting correspondence and legal documents, prepare deeds, asset spreadsheets, probate pleadings, and review of bank statements, accountings and/or financial statements.
    5. Interact with various banks and brokerage firms via telephone, email, and in-person.
    6. Oversee paralegals’ work, coach, and provide ongoing training of staff.
    7. Provide support to various attorneys and tax preparers in department.
    8. Maintain detailed and accurate daily billable hour records.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    1. Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or related field preferred
    2. Two or more years’ work experience in finance or accounting. Tax preparation or trust and estate related work highly desirable.
    3. CPA license, CFTA, or other related certifications preferred.
    4. Proficiency in Microsoft Office 2016 with working knowledge of Excel. Experience with CCH ProSystem and OneSource is helpful.
    5. Demonstrated exceptional mathematical aptitude and able to solve complex problems to develop a beneficial tax strategy for clients.
    6. Ability to work both independently and within a team environment.
    7. Proven organizational skills with ability to plan proactively.
    8. Meticulous attention to detail and the ability to prepare a work product accurately, on-time, and in a cost effective manner.
    9. Ability to multi-task, prioritize competing responsibilities, and meet deadlines.
    10. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, attorneys, co-workers, and other outside professionals.
    11. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    12. Must be a self-starter and have a strong work ethic.
    13. Flexible in working additional hours during tax season.

    BENEFITS:

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

    Private Client Trust Estate Tax Specialist

  • Attorney

    Securities Attorney

    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 “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 Corporate and Public Finance Practice Group is seeking a highly qualified Mandarin Fluent Securities Attorney for our Richmond location.

    REQUIREMENTS:

    Responsibilities:

    1. Provide effective and practical advice to clients to assist them in promoting their best interests.
    2. Review materials provided by clients in English and Chinese (Mandarin); communicate with clients in Chinese (Mandarin) and English about complex legal matters; occasional translation of legal and business documents between English and Chinese (Mandarin).
    3. Assist with preparation and submission of SEC filings, proxy statement and annual shareholder meeting materials.
    4. Assist with management of clients’ legal disclosure obligations and clients’ day-to-day governance and securities functions.
    5. Assist with compliance with all applicable securities laws and regulations, stock exchange rules, and related regulatory compliance activities.
    6. Draft, review and revise board and committee resolutions.

    Qualifications:

    1. Prefer two or more years’ prior experience in public company securities law, representing foreign and domestic companies.
    2. Must be able to speak and write fluently in English and Chinese (Mandarin) on technical, business and legal matters.
    3. Knowledge of and experience with the federal and state securities laws, corporate securities and stock exchange procedures. Demonstrated ability to recognize and weigh business and legal risks, lead strategically and advance innovative solutions.
    4. Exceptional business and legal acumen; ability to identify and diagnose legal problems and articulate creative and practical solutions and alternatives.
    5. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, other firm attorneys, support staff, and outside professionals.
    6. Demonstrated ability and willingness to function with a high degree of autonomy.
    7. Exceptional communication, organizational, interpersonal, and listening skills.
    8. Able to obtain a Passport for international travel. Must be able to travel for up to 4 weeks at a time spending up to 15% of total time traveling out of town to meet with clients.

    Education:

    1. Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association with an outstanding academic record.
    2. Admission to the Virginia Bar.
    3. Must be and remain licensed to practice law and in good standing in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
    4. 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:

    We offer 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.

  • 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.