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

    Trust & Estate Legal Assistant

    The Williamsburg office of Kaufman & Canoles seeks a qualified Legal Assistant to provide secretarial support to its Trust & Estate attorneys. Our attorneys have earned a reputation for outstanding legal services to clients in all aspects of litigation. We hold ourselves to the highest standards, and we are zealous, compassionate advocates for our clients.

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    1. Prepares routine correspondence, estate planning binders, reports, and other documents.
    2. Interacts with clients and court personnel in person and via telephone and email.
    3. Arranges and schedules appointments, client meetings, and conference calls.
    4. Maintains files, sub-files, and calendars.
    5. Arrange for signing of tax returns by various attorneys and clients
    6. Inputs timekeeper data.
    7. Reviews, sorts, and dates mail.
    8. 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 as a trust & estate assistant in a professional office setting.
    3. Proficiency in Microsoft Office 2016, time and billing software, dictation/transcription software, and document management software.
    4. Typing at a level of 60 WPM.
    5. Operational knowledge of standard office equipment including copier, scanner, and telephone.
    6. Demonstrated understanding of legal terminology.
    7. Exceptional organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines.
    8. Proven meticulous attention to detail and proofreading skills.
    9. Demonstrated proactive approach to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability.
    10. Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion, be adaptable to various competing demands, and demonstrate the highest level of client service and response.
    11. Expert level verbal and written communication skills.
    12. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, attorneys, coworkers, and other outside professionals.

    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.

    WMB Trust & Estate Legal Assistant

    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

  • 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.