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

Part-Time Administrative Clerk

The Virginia Beach office of Kaufman & Canoles is seeking a part-time 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 labels, 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:

  • Working hours are 12:30 – 5:30.
  • Primary responsibility is covering the front desk as a backup to the receptionist.
  • Pick-up postal mail from Post Office before the start of each shift.
  • Reviews, sorts and dates mail.
  • Deliver courier runs to local courts and offices as needed.
  • Operates standard office equipment, including personal computer, copier, scanner, and telephone.
  • Assists in the preparing for and setting up meetings.
  • Cleaning and inventory of kitchen areas, conference rooms and supply areas.
  • Assist in filing, closing files, creating legends, and making copies for attorneys.
  • Act as point of contact for Facilities/HR with various tasks (to include cleaning). 
  • Performs a variety of other administrative tasks as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Legal 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 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 and Outlook.
  • Ability to routinely lift, carry, push, pull, slide materials weighing up to 25 lbs.
  • 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. 

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Part-Time Receptionist/Real Estate Assistant

The Chesapeake office of Kaufman & Canoles is seeking a part-time Receptionist/Real Estate Assistant. 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, supporting the Legal Assistants and Attorneys with various task such as time sheets, pleading indexes, folder labels, 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:

  • Interacts with the clients via telephone, email and in person.
  • Operates standard office equipment, including personal computer, copier, scanner, and telephone.
  • Reviews, sorts and dates mail.
  • Arranges and schedules client appointments using KCI Reservation.
  • Assists in the preparing for and setting up meetings.
  • Cleaning and inventory of kitchen areas, conference rooms and supply areas.
  • Coordinates daily catering orders and pays monthly catering house accounts.
  • Assist in light typing, filing and making copies for attorneys.
  • Coordinates real estate closings and managing real estate matters under Attorney's supervision.
  • Performs a variety of other administrative tasks as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Legal industry experience preferred.
  • Real Estate 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 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 and Outlook.
  • 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.

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Part-Time 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 Part-Time 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Coordinates the gathering of information, materials, documents, reports and evidence.
  • Researches information from various departments and sources, including but not limited to subscription research services, the Internet and the library.
  • Reviews and summarize depositions and other legal documents.  
  • Utilizes technical information to make decisions and recommendations to the supervising attorney.
  • Prepares trial notebooks and organize exhibits.
  • Prepares reports, correspondence and other documents.
  • Interacts with clients in person, via telephone and email.
  • 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:

  • College degree in a related field or Paralegal Certificate required.  
  • Must possess 3 or more years’ experience in family domestic law.
  • Knowledge of policies and procedures relating to family law practice area.
  • Must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of legal terminology and legal principles generally acquired through college-level study.
  • Ability to perform legal research using reference materials generally available within a law library and/or electronic resource tools.
  • Capable of dealing effectively with clients, attorneys and co-workers. 
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and organize and prioritize workload.
  • Grammar and writing skills generally acquired through college-level study.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Willingness to work overtime as necessary.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office 2016 (Word and Excel), LegalBar, and typing at a level of 50 WPM. 

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

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IT Software Manager

The Norfolk office of Kaufman & Canoles is seeking an IT Software Manager. The IT Software Manager provides application support to the operation of the firm. This position is responsible for evaluating, maintaining, and enhancing, and supporting software application packages in use on the network.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provides enhancement to firm procedures through automation and customization of applications to firm's needs.
  • Provides task-specific suggestions and support to users in connection with facilitating departmental or positional procedures by implementing updated software applications.
  • Evaluates and provides recommendations regarding purchase of new software. Tests compatibility of software packages with network configuration and existing software.
  • Researches application issues and updates through legal IT communities, the Internet, and other information sources.
  • Performs continuous searches for software, support, or application advice that would enhance network or user performance.
  • Assists with maintenance of network.
  • Assists department with special projects as assigned.
  • Provide additional support for Help Desk calls as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Technical knowledge of personal computers and software as normally acquired through technical course work or equivalent experience.
  • Expert technical skills and ability to operate and support large data processing operations, including advanced knowledge of hardware, operating systems, DBMSs, spreadsheets, word processing, and communications packages currently in use, specifically the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Advanced knowledge of and familiarity with VBA and scripting languages.
  • Maintenance of Active Directory Account.
  • Maintenance and creation of group policies.
  • Knowledge of SQL Server, including queries, SQL Server Agent jobs, database maintenance.
  • Knowledge of Elite 3E, including Elite Design Gallery.
  • Knowledge of Document Management System, specifically iManage.
  • Office template and numbering packages, specifically BigHand Create and Hyperstyles.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to assist staff and attorneys and train users on system operations and to communicate by phone and provide information with ordinary courtesy and tact.
  • Ability to recognize and solve routine problems, including data entry errors, hardware failures, and policy adherence problems.

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

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Systems Engineer

Kaufman & Canoles is a highly respected corporate law firm with eight offices located throughout Virginia. We are well established in the legal community, with an excellent reputation among the judiciary and other attorneys. Our reputation is built on excellent client service, and we promote a culture of teamwork. In short, we hold ourselves to the highest standards, and we provide a full range of sound legal and business advice in a dynamic partnership with our clients and each other utilizing creativity, determination and foresight. The firm prides itself on maintaining advanced systems and leading technology to assist its lawyers and staff in delivering upon its brand promise of “We can. And we will.” Kaufman & Canoles could be the perfect business law firm for you.

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:

  • Provide end-user support for hardware, peripherals, and software including MS Office suite applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint), Adobe, third-party software, and web applications.
  • Configure, install, and maintain hardware and software for VMWare environment, Windows 10 desktops/laptops, and peripherals.
  • Plans and conducts updates, upgrades, and maintenance on Windows Server 2012/2016 servers.
  • Manage and maintain network backup systems, software, and phone systems.
  • Provide after-hours coverage for end-user support on a scheduled, rotating basis.
  • Travel to the six office locations (Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Richmond, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg) is necessary at least 15% of the time for maintenance of hardware/software.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 5 or more years’ experience in information systems and technology.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in an IT or business related field is preferred.
  • Law firm or professional services experience is beneficial.
  • MCSA, Network+, CCNA certifications a plus.
  • Knowledge of all of the following systems is preferred: MS Office 2016, internet browsers, Adobe, LAN/WAN networking, enterprise WiFi, VMWare, storage technologies, Windows 2012/2016 servers, Windows 10 desktops/laptops, printers, scanners, and copiers.
  • Ability to work after hours.
  • Must have own transportation for occasional travel for firm business.
  • 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.

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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.

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 2016, Windows 7/8/10 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 hands on PC hardware, Windows 10, enterprise operating system, and software support in a structured employee service technology position.

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.

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Network Engineer

Kaufman & Canoles is a highly respected corporate law firm with eight offices located throughout Virginia. We are well established in the legal community, with an excellent reputation among the judiciary and other attorneys. Our reputation is built on excellent client service, and we promote a culture of teamwork. In short, we hold ourselves to the highest standards, and we provide a full range of sound legal and business advice in a dynamic partnership with our clients and each other utilizing creativity, determination and foresight. The firm prides itself on maintaining advanced systems and leading technology to assist its lawyers and staff in delivering upon its brand promise of “We can. And we will.” Kaufman & Canoles could be the perfect business law firm for you.

The firm is currently seeking a qualified Network 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:

  • Provide end-user support for hardware, peripherals, and software including MS Office suite applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint), Adobe, third-party software, and web applications.
  • Configure, install, and maintain hardware and software for WMWare environment, Windows 10 desktops/laptops, and peripherals.
  • Conduct basic updates and maintenance on Windows Server 2012/2016 servers.
  • Manage and maintain network backup systems, software, and phone systems.
  • Provide after-hours coverage for end-user support on a scheduled, rotating basis.
  • Travel to the six office locations (Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Richmond, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg) is necessary at least 15% of the time for maintenance of hardware/software.
  • Act as a backup for Systems Engineer position.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 3 or more years’ experience in information systems and technology.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in an IT or business related field is preferred.
  • Law firm or professional services experience is beneficial.
  • MCSA, Network+, CCNA certifications a plus.
  • Knowledge of all of the following systems is preferred: MS Office 2016, internet browsers, Adobe, LAN/WAN networking, enterprise WiFi, VMWare, storage technologies, Windows 2012/2016 servers, Windows 10 desktops/laptops, printers, scanners, and copiers.
  • Ability to work after hours.
  • Must have own transportation for occasional travel for firm business.
  • 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.

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Attorney

Environmental Law/Superfund Partner

Kaufman & Canoles is a highly respected corporate law firm with eight 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 Environmental Law Practice Group is seeking a highly qualified Environmental Law/Superfund Partner for our Williamsburg location. Our Environmental Law Practice Group represents a variety of companies with hazardous waste and Superfund matters in multiple states around the country. 

REQUIREMENTS:

Responsibilities:
1. Provide effective and practical advice to clients to assist them in promoting their best interests. 
2. Advising companies of all sizes regarding environmental compliance, defending environmental enforcement actions and civil lawsuits, assisting with environmental due diligence in corporate transactions, and drafting and negotiating environmental contracts. 
3. Offers an experienced attorney the opportunity to manage and expand a high profile, national-level practice while enjoying the outstanding quality of life that the firm and Southeastern Virginia offers.

Qualifications:
1. 15+ years of experience involving environmental statutes and regulations. 
2. General commercial litigation experience preferred.

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 State Bar via waiving in from another jurisdiction or passing the Virginia Bar exam
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.

Submit resume and salary requirement to hr@kaufcan.com.

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Mandarin-Fluent Securities Attorney

Job Description:  Mandarin-Fluent Securities Attorney to advise & assist both public and private companies in securities offerings, commercial transactions & compliance with US federal securities laws & regulations. Details of job duties as follows: Prepare & submit proxy statements in Form DEF 14A and annual shareholder meeting materials. Train legal assistant & new colleague on the drafting of proxy statements and annual shareholder materials; verbally communicate in Chinese & English with working group including transfer agent, broker/ dealer, investor relations, auditing firm, etc. Draft and submit SEC filings including but not limited to annual reports on From 20-F and Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K & 6-K, statements of acquisition of beneficial ownership by individuals in Form SC 13G, ownership reports on Form 3/4/5 for partners to review; Communicate with clients, auditors and financial printers on SEC filings; Address relevant SEC and Nasdaq comments and FINRA investigations. Supervise legal assistant's work on summarizing and organizing due diligence materials by providing guidance to and training the legal assistant, and reviewing the assistant's work; Review and analyze due diligence documents. Participate in the conference calls with senior attorneys and/or partners, communicate verbally with clients in Chinese(Mandarin) & English and translate between senior partners and clients from Chinese (Mandarin) into English and vice versa about complex legal matters. Communicate in writing with clients in Mandarin Chinese and English about complex legal matters. Lead conference calls and participate in the discussions about legal matters with clients and other vendors; conference calls might be with clients' employees. Review and supervise legal assistant's work on the translation of legal & business documents between English and Chinese (Mandarin). Draft IPO registration statement on Form S-1; Serve as second chair in IPO projects. Set up the frame of IPO registration statement on Form F-1 and assign work to legal assistant and/or junior associate draft the complete IPO registration statement on Form F-1 & SEC & Nasdaq response letters. Train legal assistant on IPO-related matters, including but limited to Nasdaq application, Cusip application & Edgar filing codes application. Filing notification forms at Nasdaq listing center, including but not limited to Change in Company Name and Listing of Additional Shares. Conduct research for partners regarding clients' legal disclosure obligations and clients' day-to-day governance and securities functions, and with compliance with all applicable federal and state securities laws, corporate securities and stock exchange procedures, and related regulatory compliance activities; the research subject matters include but not limited to FPIs, EGCs, SRCs, SOEs. Draft and revise board and committee resolutions and send to clients. Draft IPO closing documents; supervise closing work of legal assistant and training assistant; Initiate closing call; Directly communicate with SEC & Nasdaq reviewers. Review and revise IPO documents such as underwriting agreement, indemnification agreement, form of warrant & lock-up agreement; negotiate respective terms. Draft shelf registration statement on Form S-3 and SEC response letter. Prepare stock issuance instructions; prepare legal opinion regarding Rule 144 and S-8. Review and revise memorandum and articles of association.

JOB REQUIREMENT: J. D. degree in Law and Admission to any State Bar in good standing. Must be able to speak and write fluently in Chinese (Mandarin) on technical, business and legal matters. At least two years’ experience. Experience should include working in the area of federal securities laws, corporate securities and stock exchange procedures. The experience should include preparing IPO project documents including registration statement, reviewing due diligence documents, conducting IPO closing work, preparing & submitting proxy statements and other annual meeting materials, drafting and submitting SEC filings such as annual reports, quarterly reports and current reports, filing notification forms at Nasdaq listing center, conducting legal research regarding securities laws and Nasdaq exchange procedures with subject matters including but not limited to FPIs, EGCs, SRCs, SOEs.

HOURS: M-F, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

JOB LOCATION: Two James Center,1021 East Cary Street, Suite 1400, Richmond City, VA 23219-4058; Must be able to travel for up to 4 weeks at a time spending up to 15% of total time traveling domestically and out of country (Mainland China primarily) to meet with clients.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Email resume referencing job code #KaufCan07102018AA to Kaufman & Canoles, P.C. at hr@kaufcan.com.

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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.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact our Recruiting Coordinator, Sharon L. Withers at slwithers@kaufcan.com.

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Diversity

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 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.

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