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

    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 providing 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 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

    Computer Support Technician

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    Kaufman & Canoles is seeking a qualified Computer Support Technician for our Norfolk office. The Computer Support Technician assists staff and attorneys with the tools needed to maximize productivity when working with firm technology. He or she is responsible for providing users with technical support, moving and repairing equipment in all office locations, and assisting with the  routine maintenance of the Network.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    Ideal candidate will be experienced with support desk operations including opening, resolving, and follow-up of support calls. Excellent written and oral communication skills, outstanding client service attitude, proficiency with MS Office 2016, Windows 7/8/10 and basic network concepts a must. High school diploma or equivalent required. College degree with coursework in information systems or equivalent with Microsoft Office Specialist certifications in Word and Excel preferred. Law Firm experience preferred. Minimum two years of hands-on experience with hands on PC hardware, Windows 10, enterprise operating system, and software support in a structured employee service technology position.

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must be able to use a keyboard/mouse, read a computer screen, frequently lift and/or move objects up to 10 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 40 pounds.

    BENEFITS:

    We offer competitive salary and a comprehensive benefit 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.

    Computer Support Technician

    Family Law Paralegal

    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, 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.

    The Kaufman & Canoles Family Law practice is seeking a qualified Paralegal to serve a busy, sophisticated family-law practice in our Virginia Beach office. In addition to managing individual case files, the position entails preparing necessary legal documents that may include letters, motions, petition preparation, discovery, pleadings, and child support worksheets. 

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    1. Manages a “high-end” family law practice to ensure that tasks in each case are performed by the appropriate personnel; to establish project schedules and milestones; and to ensure all deadlines are met, including timely filings with the Court.
    2. Performs work independently and takes responsibility for the varied tasks associated with multiple projects. Maintains a centralized data base recording the current status of each case.
    3. Coordinates the gathering of information, materials, documents, reports and evidence.
    4. Researches information from various departments and sources, including but not limited to subscription research services, the Internet and the library.
    5. Reviews and summarize depositions and other legal documents.
    6. Utilizes technical information to make decisions and recommendations to the supervising attorney.
    7. Prepares trial notebooks and organize exhibits.
    8. Prepares reports, correspondence and other documents.
    9. Interacts with clients in person, via telephone and email.
    10. 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 in family domestic law.
    3. Knowledge of policies and procedures relating to family law practice area.
    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 50 WPM.

    BENEFITS:

    We offer competitive salary and a comprehensive benefit package. Relocation for out of the area candidates is available for this position. 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.

    Family Law Paralegal

    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 lift 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:

    1. File creation and file maintenance.
    2. Bar-code tracking.
    3. Records retention.
    4. File destruction.
    5. Maintain firm’s docketing system.
    6. Identify unnamed mail and faxes.
    7. Provide conflict resolution.
    8. Completes other projects in the Records Department as assigned by the supervisor.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    1. High school diploma or equivalent required.
    2. Exceptional organizational skills, strong ability to multi-task, and attention to detail.
    3. Ability to work successfully within a team environment.
    4. Operational knowledge of standard office equipment including copier, scanner, and telephone.
    5. Excellent communication and writing skills
    6. Proficient in Microsoft Office 2016 and Outlook.
    7. 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.

    Records Clerk Job Description

  • Attorney

    Commercial Real Estate Attorney

    Kaufman & Canoles is a highly respected corporate law firm with nine offices located throughout Virginia and North Carolina. 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 Norfolk office is seeking an experienced and highly qualified Commercial Real Estate Attorney. The successful candidate will have six or more years of relevant experience, demonstrable analytical and problem-solving skills, strong written and verbal communication skills and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel.

    Responsibilities:

    1. Draft purchase and sale agreements, letters of intent, deeds, etc. for commercial real estate transactions
    2. Handle real estate acquisitions and dispositions, including negotiation of purchase and sale agreements, manage the property evaluation process (including matters of the title and survey), prepare transaction documents, and manage the closing process
    3. Coordinate and direct the review, management and preparation of commercial leasing and acquisition documentation
    4. Review, analyze, prepare, and negotiate agreements for use in retail, industrial, and mixed-use developments including Reciprocal Easement Agreements (REA's) and Declarations of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&R's)
    5. Review, analyze, prepare, and negotiate various agreements and instruments relating to leasing or other forms of occupancy including letters of intent, ground leases, assignments, subleases, renewals and amendments, workouts in and out of bankruptcy, SNDAs, estoppels, license agreements, temporary workspace agreements, and other similar instruments and agreements

    Required Skills:

    1. Minimum six years job experience as a commercial real estate attorney with transactional experience
    2. Skilled at meeting deadlines under significant time pressure
    3. Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously with a high degree of professionalism and client orientation
    4. Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to prioritize and work independently.
    5. Ability to manage time and resources effectively and independently

    Education:

    1. Juris Doctorate degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association with an outstanding academic record
    2. Admission to the Virginia Bar in good standing or the ability to waive in
    3. During employment, must meet requirement for continuing licensure for law practice; some opportunities for obtaining in-house 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.

    Commercial Real Estate Attorney

    Securities Attorney

    Kaufman & Canoles is a highly respected corporate law firm with nine 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 Securities Attorney for our Richmond location. While not mandatory, fluency in Chinese or Hebrew is preferred.

    REQUIREMENTS:

    Responsibilities:

    1. Provide effective and practical advice to clients to assist them in promoting their best interests.
    2. Review materials provided by clients; communicate with clients about complex legal matters.
    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 four or more years’ prior experience in public company securities law, representing foreign and domestic companies.
    2. Prefer candidate with ability to speak and write fluently in Chinese (Mandarin) and/or Hebrew 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
    4. risks, lead strategically and advance innovative solutions.
    5. Exceptional business and legal acumen; ability to identify and diagnose legal problems and articulate creative and practical solutions and alternatives.
    6. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, other firm attorneys, support staff, and outside professionals.
    7. Demonstrated ability and willingness to function with a high degree of autonomy, efficiently and promptly managing complex transactions.
    8. Exceptional communication, organizational, interpersonal, and listening skills.
    9. Able to obtain a passport for international travel. Must be able to travel for up to 3 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.

    Securities Attorney

    Raleigh Office Attorney

    Kaufman & Canoles is a highly respected corporate law firm with nine offices located throughout Virginia and North Carolina. 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 compassionate advocates for our clients.

    As part of the firm’s recent expansion into North Carolina, the Kaufman & Canoles Raleigh office is seeking qualified attorneys. While open to candidates across practice areas, the firm is specifically looking to build out existing services in the areas of healthcare, labor/employment, ESOPs & employee benefits, defense contracting, public finance, bankruptcy, and commercial real estate. The successful candidate will have 6 or more years of relevant experience, demonstrable analytical and problem solving skills, strong written and verbal communication skills and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel.

    Required Skills:

    1. Six or more years relevant job experience in the legal field is preferred
    2. Skilled at meeting deadlines under significant time pressure
    3. Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously with a high degree of professionalism and client orientation
    4. Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to prioritize and work independently
    5. Ability to manage time and resources effectively and independently

    Education:

    1. Juris Doctorate degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association with an outstanding academic record
    2. Admission to the North Carolina Bar in good standing or the ability to waive in
    3. During employment, must meet the requirement for continuing licensure for law practice; some opportunities for obtaining in-house 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 (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.