Kaufman & Canoles Hires New Executive Director

    Kaufman & Canoles is pleased to announce the firm has hired Donald J. Coffman as its Executive Director, effective on August 1, 2022, upon the retirement of the current firm Director of Administration, David Whitson. The Executive Director oversees all firm related financial and administrative matters, directs and supervises the administrative directors and staff, and reports directly to the firm’s Chairman.

    Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Coffman served as Chief Operating Officer for an antitrust, intellectual property, and litigation law firm in Washington, DC. Mr. Coffman has decades of international and financial management experience, having previously served as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director, Vice President, Managing Director, and Global Head of Legal Project Management for several U.S. law firms.

    “Don’s expertise in financial management and technological innovation related to the efficient delivery of legal services will position the firm well for continued enhancements to the quality and effectiveness of our client service.” said William R. Van Buren, III, Chairman and President of Kaufman & Canoles. “We are pleased to add yet another quality individual to the very talented people we have been able to attract to the Hampton Roads community.”

    Mr. Coffman received a bachelor of science in computer studies from the University of Maryland and a master in business administration from New York University.

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