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

    Real Estate Assistant

    Our 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 Chesapeake office of Kaufman & Canoles is seeking a full-time Real Estate Assistant to assist supervising attorneys with the preparation, closing, and disbursement of both residential and commercial real estate transactions, including the preparation of Closing Disclosures, Settlement Statements, and loan packages. The successful candidate should have real estate experience, be proficient in Soft Pro and Microsoft Office 2016 and able to work independently. Additionally, this assistant will contribute to the general office support by performing a variety of administrative and related tasks, including, answering incoming calls and directing calls to the appropriate personnel, maintaining the conference rooms and kitchen areas, monitoring supply inventory and stocking, processing outgoing mail, sorting inter-office and incoming postal mail, opening new files, and greeting and assisting clients. The candidate should maintain positive contact with attorneys, support staff, and clients while observing the confidentiality of client and firm matters. Candidates should be a team-player and possess excellent communication and writing skills and exhibit attention to detail.

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Managing and coordinating real estate transactions under attorney supervision from contract to closing and disbursement
    • Interacting with the clients, real estate agents, and others via telephone, email, and in person.
    • Operating standard office equipment, including personal computer, copier, scanner, and telephone.
    • Reviewing, sorting, and date stamping in-coming mail.
    • Arranging and scheduling client appointments using KCI Reservation.
    • Assisting in preparing for and setting up of office meetings.
    • Maintaining of kitchen areas, conference rooms, and supply areas.
    • Assist in light typing, filing, and making copies for attorneys.
    • Performing a variety of other administrative tasks as assigned.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Legal or Real Estate closing industry experience preferred.
    • High school diploma or equivalent required.
    • Previous client/customer service is a plus.
    • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
    • Excellent organizational skills, strong ability to multi-task and attention to detail.
    • Demonstrate a proactive approach to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability.
    • Operational knowledge of standard office equipment including copier, scanner, and telephone.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office 2016, Soft Pro, and Outlook.
    • Friendly disposition with a desire to be a team player
    • Ability to routinely lift, carry, push, pull, slide materials weighing up to 25 lbs.

     

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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.