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

    Litigation Paralegal

    The Norfolk office of Kaufman & Canoles is seeking a Litigation Paralegal. Candidates should be proficient in Microsoft Office 2016, have exceptional organizational skills, excellent communication and writing skills, and exhibit meticulous attention to detail. 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. Drafting and preparing pleadings (complaint, answers, motions, and discovery) and other legal documents;
    2. Researching into party identity and location and asset searches;
    3. Organizing and managing case files and organizing files electronically;
    4. Creating hard-bound trial notebooks;
    5. Drafting deposition summaries;
    6. Organizing and reviewing discovery documents for responsiveness and privilege;
    7. Obtaining service of process and assisting with the issuance of summons and writs;
    8. Editing and formatting briefs and memorandums;
    9. Coordinating e-filing with print vendors for appellate-level briefs;
    10. Managing docket of deadlines and case priorities;
    11. Managing document storage and production and handling electronic discovery processes;
    12. Professional communications with clients and court personnel (daily basis);
    13. Attending weekly meetings as needed and updating attorneys on the status of active cases;
    14. Filing documents with the courts;
    15. Keeping accurate records of all communication (i.e. phone calls, emails, secure messages), expenses, and case documents (such as client intake sheets, pleadings, etc.)
    16. Maintaining 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. Associate degree or above preferred.
    2. Paralegal certification by an ABA approved program is a plus
    3. Must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
    4. Excellent grammar and writing skills ꞏ
    5. Knowledge and mastery of MS Office, (including Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel), Adobe, and Nuance a must. ꞏ
    6. Experience with Federal Court filings and systems such as PACER and ECF.

    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.

    Please submit resume and salary requirement.

    Litigation Paralegal

    Systems Engineer

    The firm is currently seeking a qualified Systems Engineer to be based in our Norfolk headquarters. This position is responsible for maintaining the Information Technology department systems including workstations, servers, backup systems, phone systems, and associated peripherals and applications.

    Responsibilities:

    1. Responsible for design and maintenance of Firm’s network and telecommunication hardware, circuits, design, function and monitoring.
    2. Responsible for maintenance of high quality documentation of Firm’s network and telecommunication hardware, circuits, design, function and monitoring.
    3. Ensure policies and procedures for service support area created and aligned with ITIL concepts and industry best practices and utilized without exception. This includes change, incident and problem management.
    4. Establishes and maintains network monitoring, which will alert I/T staff of problems or failures in network and telecommunication hardware, circuits or design. Will coordinate real time response to any such failures.
    5. Ensures offsite backup processes occur, including proper documentation, inventory of tapes and testing occurs regularly.
    6. Manages network and telecommunication circuit procurement, adds moves and changes with Firm’s accounting office.
    7. Supports LAN and WAN needs of user base, including remote and mobile users.
    8. Oversees installation of network hardware and software.
    9. Establishes and maintains adequate network logging.
    10. Manages projects using industry best practice, including the formation of project objectives and defined requirements and scopes.
    11. Analyzes, designs, develops and implements multi-tiered systems and application programs based on requests from users and managers to create or improve Firm databases and programs and/or automate manual functions.
    12. Represents the Firm in overseeing and working on projects involving external consultants and vendors.
    13. Assists in budgeting process.
    14. Demonstrates commitment to customer service performance standards.
    15. Establishes appropriate vendor relationships for the Firm to ensure best knowledge of vendors’ roadmaps, support processes, and accessibility of vendor’s personnel to ensure the best overall Firm user experience.

    Qualifications:

    1. Exceptional degree of customer-service orientation.
    2. 5 or more years’ experience in information systems and technology.
    3. Bachelor’s Degree in an IT or business related field is preferred.
    4. Law firm or professional services experience is beneficial.
    5. MCSA, Network+, CCNA certifications a plus.
    6. Knowledge of all of the following systems is preferred: MS Office 2016, internet browsers, Adobe, LAN/WAN networking, enterprise WiFi, VMWare, storage technologies, Windows 2016 servers, Windows 10 desktops/laptops, printers, scanners, and copiers.
    7. Ability to work after hours.
    8. Must have own transportation for occasional travel for firm business.
    9. Capable of lifting 40 pounds.

    Benefits:

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

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

    Systems Engineer

    Administrative Clerk

    The Richmond office of Kaufman & Canoles is seeking an Administrative Clerk. Under general supervision provides general office support with a variety of administrative and related tasks. Responsible for answering incoming calls, directing calls to the appropriate personnel, setting up and cleaning up conference rooms, kitchen organization and cleaning, supply inventory and stocking, processing outgoing postal mail, sorting inter-office and incoming postal mail, check requests, accepting payments from clients, supports the Attorneys with various task such as time sheets, pleading indexes, folder management, building closing documents, transcripts, assist in transaction closing processes, copies/prints and other duties as assigned . Maintains positive contact with attorneys, support staff and clients; observes confidentiality of client and firm matters. Candidates should be proficient in Microsoft Office 2016, have excellent communication and writing skills and exhibit attention to detail.

    Responsibilities:

    1. Working hours are 8:30 – 5:30.
    2. Primary responsibilities include covering the front desk backup to the receptionist.
    3. Primary responsibility cover main line firm switchboard.
    4. Effectively interact and communicate with attorneys, paralegals and clients.
    5. Reviews, sorts and dates mail.
    6. Deliver walking and driving courier runs to local clients, courts, government administrative offices and law firms as requested by attorneys.
    7. Operates standard office equipment, including personal computer, copier, scanner, and telephone.
    8. Assists in the preparing for and setting up meetings.
    9. Cleaning and inventory of kitchen areas, conference rooms and supply areas.
    10. Assist in filing, closing files, creating legends, and making copies for attorneys.
    11. Act as point of contact for Facilities/HR with various tasks (to include cleaning).
    12. Observe strict confidentiality in all client and firm matters.
    13. Performs a variety of other administrative tasks as assigned.

    Qualifications:

    1. Legal industry experience preferred.
    2. High school diploma or equivalent required; college degree preferred.
    3. Previous client/customer service is preferred.
    4. Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
    5. Excellent organizational skills, strong ability to multi-task and attention to detail.
    6. Demonstrate proactive approach to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability.
    7. Operational knowledge of standard office equipment including copier, scanner, and telephone.
    8. Proficient in Microsoft Office 2016; Outlook and working knowledge of Excel.
    9. Ability to routinely lift, carry, push, pull, slide materials weighing up to 25 lbs.
    10. Personal vehicle and valid driver’s license.

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

    Administrative Clerk

    Production Specialist/Courier

    Our attorneys have earned a reputation for providing outstanding legal services to clients in various practice areas. We are well established in the legal community and have 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 Production Specialist/Courier for its Norfolk location. This is a full-time opportunity.   

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    1. High volume copying, printing, scanning, binding, CD/DVD/USB production, creating electronic binders, general office duties, basic computer knowledge necessary for scheduling appointments, etc. 
    2. Organizes copy room work by receiving, collecting, and logging requests; establishing and maintaining work priority.
    3. Inventory supplies and put away supplies once delivered.
    4. Stamp outgoing mail and pick up incoming mail from the post office (if necessary).
    5. Deliver internal mail in Norfolk.
    6. Backfilling courier run routes and helping with special courier runs.
    7. Handle deliveries/pick-ups of client documents.
    8. Cover main line switchboard as needed.
    9. Effectively interact and communicate with attorneys, paralegals and clients.
    10. Observe strict confidentiality in all client and firm matters.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    1. High school diploma or equivalent required.
    2. Clean driving record, valid driver’s license and personal vehicle required.
    3. Legal industry experience strongly preferred.
    4. Proficient in MS Office 2016 and PDF Docs or related PDF management software preferred.
    5. Ability to routinely lift, carry, push, pull, slide materials weighing up to 25 lbs.
    6. Able to prioritize multiple tasks and responsibilities with accuracy.
    7. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
    8. Exceptional attention to detail.
    9. Self-motivated, able to work successfully within a team environment, but also able to work independently with minimal guidance.

    BENEFITS:

    We offer competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefit 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. 

    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. Position will be on-site Monday-Friday and may require additional overtime on a rotating basis. Some travel to local offices will also be required.

    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 365, Windows 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 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. 

     

  • Attorney

    Securities Attorney

    Kaufman & Canoles is a highly respected corporate law firm with eight 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 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 eight 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.

    Litigation Associate

    Kaufman & Canoles is a highly respected corporate law firm with eight 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 Newport News office is seeking an experienced and highly qualified Litigation Associate.

    Responsibilities:

    1. Prepare court pleadings including drafting motions and responses, and filing and answering discovery requests.
    2. Research and draft memoranda of law and briefs.
    3. Participate in pretrial and trial hearings.
    4. Prepare attorneys and clients for trials and depositions. The candidate should be skilled in meeting with clients and conducting client and witness interviews.
    5. Participate in appeal briefs, responses and oral arguments.

    Required Skills:

    1. Three or more years’ real estate litigation; eminent domain experience preferred.
    2. Superb research and analytical skills.
    3. Strong organizational and matter management skills.
    4. Excellent writing and oral communication skills.

    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.
    3. Must be and remain licensed to practice law and in good standing in the State of Virginia.
    4. 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.

    NN Litigation Associate

    Of Counsel Attorney

    Kaufman & Canoles is a highly respected corporate law firm with eight 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 Williamsburg office is seeking an experienced and highly qualified Of Counsel Attorney.

    Responsibilities:

    1. Reviewing and summarizing documents for due diligence purposes in connection with mergers and acquisitions transactions.
    2. Provide regulatory advice relating to the CFTC, SEC and FINRA rules, as those impacts the Credit Derivatives businesses and OTC clearing.
    3. Drafting estate plan documents, including trusts, wills, powers of attorney, healthcare directives, and funding-related documents.
    4. Preparing and reviewing deeds and real property transfer documents.
    5. Participate in trial preparation to include drafting pretrial motions, answering discovery requests, preparation for depositions.

    Required Skills:

    1. Three or more years’ credit union experience preferred.
    2. Superb research and analytical skills.
    3. Strong organizational and matter management skills.
    4. Excellent writing and oral communication skills.

    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.
    3. Must be and remain licensed to practice law and in good standing in the State of Virginia.
    4. 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.

    Of Counsel Attorney

    Commercial Real Estate Attorney

    Kaufman & Canoles is a highly respected corporate law firm with eight 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 between 2 and 6 years of relevant experience, demonstrable analytical and problem-solving skills, strong written and verbal communication skills.   

    Responsibilities:

    1. Handle commercial real estate acquisitions, dispositions and financings, including negotiation of purchase and sale agreements, manage the property evaluation process (including matters of the title and survey), prepare transaction documents, review and negotiate loan documents and manage the closing process
    2. Coordinate and direct the review, management and preparation of commercial leasing documentation
    3. 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)

    Required Skills:

    1. Minimum 2 to 6 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

    Benefits:

    Kaufman & Canoles offers a generous compensation and benefits package which includes a competitive salary, medical, dental and 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

  • 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.