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

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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Part-Time Real Estate Assistant

The Chesapeake office of Kaufman & Canoles is seeking a part-time 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 conference rooms, kitchen organization and cleaning, supply inventory and stocking, processing outgoing postal mail, sorting inter-office and incoming postal mail, submitting 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 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 manages 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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Real Estate Litigation Paralegal

Our attorneys have earned a reputation for outstanding legal services to clients. 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. 

Kaufman & Canoles is seeking a qualified Real Estate Litigation Paralegal to serve in our Newport News office. This position includes responsibilities such as review of title searches and gathering information from a range of sources. The qualified candidate would be involved in various aspects of litigation, including preparing lawsuits, motions, discovery, deposition summaries, settlement documents, and legal research. The candidate should also have experience working with and preparing real estate documents, including deeds, deeds of trust, certificates of satisfaction, boundary line agreements, subordination agreements and related documents. Maintains detailed and accurate daily billable hour records. Experienced real estate litigation and eminent domain litigation is important. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Performs work independently, is proactive, and takes responsibility for the tasks associated with multiple projects. Maintains a centralized database recording the current status of each case
  • Researches information from various departments and sources, including but not limited to subscription research services, the Internet and the library
  • Coordinate the gathering of information, materials, documents, reports and evidence
  • Review and summarize depositions and other legal documents
  • Prepare trial notebooks and organize exhibits
  • Utilize technical information to make decisions and recommendations to the supervising attorney
  • Prepare reports, correspondence and other documents
  • Interact with clients in person, over the telephone and via email
  • Maintains detailed and accurate daily billable hour records.  Goal requirements are to bill 1550 hours per year to client matters
  • Diaries all deadlines under Scheduling Orders and assists with meeting all deadlines
  • Organizes and updates files and pleadings binders.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • College degree in a related field or Paralegal Certificate required
  • Must possess 3 or more years experience
  • Real Estate and litigation experience required
  • 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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Civil Litigation Paralegal

Immediate opening for smart, driven, team-player paralegal. Kaufman & Canoles is seeking a qualified full time Civil Litigation Paralegal to serve in our Richmond office. The candidate will support a minimum of three attorneys plus other support staff in consumer finance, labor & employment, business and real estate litigation in state and federal courts.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Drafting and preparing pleadings (complaint, answers, motions and discovery) and other legal documents
  • Researching into party identity and location and asset searches
  • Organizing and managing case file and organizing files electronically
  • Creating hard-bound trial notebooks
  • Drafting deposition summaries
  • Organizing and reviewing discovery documents for responsiveness and privilege
  • Obtaining service of process and assisting with the issuance of summons and writs
  • Editing and formatting briefs and memorandums
  • Coordinating e-filing with print vendors for appellate level briefs
  • Managing docket of deadlines and case priorities
  • Managing document storage and production and handling electronic discovery processes
  • Professional communications with clients and court personnel (daily basis)
  • Attending weekly meetings as needed and updating attorneys on status of active cases
  • Filing documents with the courts
  • Keeping accurate records of all communication (i.e. phone calls, emails, secure messages), expenses, case documents (such as client intake sheets, pleadings, etc.)
  • 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:

  • Excellent attitude and team player mentality
  • Civil litigation experience preferred but not required
  • Associate degree or above required
  • Paralegal certification by an ABA approved program is a plus
  • Must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Excellent grammar and writing skills
  • Knowledge and mastery of MS Office (including Word, Outlook, Power Point and Excel), Adobe and Nuance a must
  • Experience with Federal Court filings and systems such as PACER and ECF
  • Working knowledge of the federal Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure and Supreme Court of Virginia Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Experience with case management software a plus

Our 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.

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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Real Estate Litigation Associate

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 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 Virginia Beach office is seeking an experienced and highly qualified Associate for litigation regarding real estate, title insurance, construction, creditor’s rights and related areas. Candidates should possess an understanding of the Rules of Civil Procedure, and have a working knowledge of various real estate issues including, but not limited to, deeds and deeds of trust, boundary lines, easements, partitions, intestacy laws, judgments and lien priority.

Responsibilities:

  • Analyze the issues surrounding the matter and develop a strategy for resolving the matter in an efficient and effective manner under the supervision of senior attorneys
  • Provide effective and practical advice to clients regarding litigation involving real estate title matters
  • Prepare and review court pleadings
  • Participate in trial preparation to include drafting pretrial motions, answering discovery requests, preparation for depositions
  • Research and drat memoranda of law and briefs
  • Participate in pretrial and trial hearings
  • Prepare, review and edit deeds, deeds of trust, deeds of easement, boundary line agreements and similar documents under the supervision of senior attorneys
  • The Associate will be asked to conduct settlement negotiations, mediations, arbitrations with third parties and counseling of clients.

Qualifications:

  • Level of experience: 3-5 years with demonstrated litigation experience and an in-depth working knowledge of real estate litigation and construction litigation, specifically
  • Motivated, self-starter
  • Excellent writing, research, analytical, public speaking and communication skills
  • Strong organizational and matter management skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, other firm attorneys, support staff and outside professionals
  • Strong ethics, strong work ethic, sense of loyalty, superior academic credentials, strong recommendations from current employer or employers, “can do” attitude, connections to South Hampton Roads preferred

Note:  In order to be considered for this position you will need to attach a writing sample to your application.

Education:

  • Juris Doctorate degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association with an outstanding academic record
  • Admission to the Virginia Bar
  • Must be and remain licensed to practice law in Virginia and be in good standing in the State of Virginia
  • During employment, must meet requirements for continuing licensure for law practice; some opportunities for obtaining in-houses 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.

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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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