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

    Intellectual Property Paralegal

    Our attorneys have earned a reputation for outstanding legal services to clients. We are well established in the legal community, with an excellent reputation with the judiciary as well as 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 is seeking a qualified Intellectual Property Paralegal to serve in our Norfolk office.

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    1. Conduct all firm trademark searches and screenings; analyzation of search results and provide search results, summaries and/or recommendations to Trademark Attorney; provide feedback with regard to potential for registrability and/or infringement considerations;
    2. Draft federal and state trademark registration applications, declarations of use/renewal applications, assignments and other IP-related documents;=
    3. Draft Responses to Trademark Office Actions and work closely with Trademark Attorney; research applicable law/statutes, as needed, in formulating Office Action Responses;
    4. Preparation, coordination and management of electronic trademark filings in U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for federal trademark applications, Office Action Responses, maintenance filings and related documentation, and within various state agencies via paper for state trademark applications/filings;
    5. Maintain trademark docket for all firm trademark clients and work independently, and with Trademark Attorneys, as necessary, to take actions with respect to coordination, preparation and e-filing and/or paper filing of trademark maintenance documents in U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and state agencies to ensure filing deadlines are timely met;
    6. Draft and file electronic copyright applications in U.S. Copyright Office;
    7. Coordinate with annuity provider on payment of U.S. patent maintenance fees and foreign annuities
    8. Docket and maintain docketing system for payment of patent annuities in foreign countries;
    9. Monitor and manage firm’s electronic trademark mailbox;
    10. Prepare patent and/or trademark status summary reports;
    11. Work directly with patent attorneys serving as special counsel for various client patent cases, and coordinate billing of their time and payment for their services; communicate with clients as necessary;
    12. File patent applications, patent maintenance fees, and other patent-related documentation as needed, in U.S. Patent and Trademark Office;
    13. Communicate regularly with foreign counsel with respect to foreign trademark and patent filings on behalf of clients and handle payment of foreign counsel invoices with respect to same;
    14. Maintains detailed and accurate daily billable hour records. Goal requirements are to bill 1550 hours per year to client matters and collect two-and-one-half times annual compensation in client fees.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    1. College degree in a related field or Paralegal Certificate required.
    2. Must possess 3 or more years’ experience.
    3. Intellectual Property experience required.
    4. Must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
    5. Knowledge of legal terminology and legal principles generally acquired through college-level study.
    6. Ability to perform legal research using reference materials generally available within a law library and/or electronic resource tools.
    7. Capable of dealing effectively with clients, attorneys and co-workers.
    8. Ability to manage multiple tasks and organize and prioritize workload.
    9. Grammar and writing skills generally acquired through college-level study.
    10. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
    11. Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
    12. Willingness to work overtime as necessary.
    13. Proficiency in Microsoft Office 2016 (Word and Excel), LegalBar, and typing at a level of 65 WPM.

    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.

    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.