Kaufman & Canoles Expands Business Law Practice to Raleigh

    Kaufman & Canoles is pleased to announce it has expanded its business law practice to Raleigh. The firm, with more than a 100-year history in Virginia, has hired Frank A. Hirsch as a senior attorney to lead the expansion into North Carolina.

    Kaufman & Canoles’ business law practice is the largest headquartered in Southeastern Virginia. With offices in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Chesapeake, Hampton, Williamsburg, Richmond and Tysons Corner, the firm’s nearly 100 attorneys serve international, national, and regional clients in a broad range of legal areas.

    “We have a number of clients in North Carolina, and this expansion will help us better serve our existing clients in addition to building an even bigger roster,” said Kaufman & Canoles Chairman William R. Van Buren III. “We are honored to have Frank Hirsch join our practice. He has an impressive legal career and brings with him a tremendous business network. His experience in the financial industry will not only help us quickly establish roots in North Carolina but will also benefit our clients around the world. We intend to actively recruit an experienced legal team that can work seamlessly with the Virginia team to best serve our clients in all business law matters.”

    “Growth in Raleigh has been exceptional for over a decade, and the CSA now exceeds two million residents,” said Hirsch. “Just last week, Raleigh was ranked by the Milken Institute as the 5th best large city in the United States– considering factors such as jobs, wages, high tech growth, broadband access, and housing affordability. Kaufman & Canoles has planted a strategic flag in the City of Oaks.”

    Hirsch was previously a partner in the Litigation and Trial Practice Group and co-chair of the Financial Services Litigation team for Alston & Bird in Raleigh. He focuses on business litigation and class-action suits in the financial services sector. He also handles antitrust/unfair competition, abusive or deceptive trade practices, and business tort matters.

    Hirsch has defended numerous class actions in more than 20 states. He is admitted to practice before the three federal district courts of North Carolina, the Fourth Circuit, Sixth Circuit and the Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for financial services litigation and is a member of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers and the International Association of Defense Counsel.

    Hirsch received a Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Kaufman & Canoles was created January 1, 1982 through the merger of two respected Norfolk firms, Kaufman & Oberndorfer and Canoles, Mastracco, Martone, Barr and Russell. The Kaufman firm was established by Charles L. Kaufman in 1919; the Canoles firm by Leroy T. Canoles in 1951. Kaufman & Canoles is committed to finding innovative and cost-effective solutions for clients and is known for its rich history and a deep commitment to improving the communities it serves. For more information, visit

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