With offices in Washington, DC and Seattle, Van Ness Feldman is a leading law firm providing legal counsel, thought leadership, and policy strategy to help clients navigate the complex intersection between business and government as they relate to the nation's energy, environment, and natural resources laws.  The firm is home to more than 200 attorneys, public policy professionals, land use planners, management professionals, and staff.  We offer exceptional career opportunities in an environment that is challenging, rewarding and, we believe, truly different from our competitors.

At Van Ness Feldman, people are recognized as the firm's greatest asset and the foundation of our success. This commitment to those who make up the Van Ness Feldman team is reflected in the core values that are put into practice every day: inclusiveness, mutual respect, teamwork, and collegiality.  

Investing in our team, and respecting our unique culture, is central to our reputation as an industry leader.  Encouraging individuals to undertake challenging work assignments, offering the support necessary to succeed, and providing thoughtful feedback fosters a work environment that is dynamic, creative, and unique. The firm recognizes that people are at their best when in an environment characterized by a healthy balance between work, family, personal, and community commitments.

The firm places a priority on the value of public service.   Founded by four former Congressional and Executive branch counsel in 1977, the firm has consistently attracted former elected officials, attorneys from the Department of Justice, senior staff from influential Congressional committees, Executive and federal agencies, and the White House. The firm also has an active pro bono program that encourages professionals to provide continuing service to the community. Please visit our Pro Bono page to learn more about these important efforts.

The firm values diverse viewpoints, experiences, and backgrounds.   We are committed to attracting, mentoring, and retaining the best talent and fostering a culture in which all employees feel valued and are empowered to grow professionally.  Please visit our Diversity page to learn more about these efforts.

We are pleased that you are interested in a career at Van Ness Feldman.  Please see below for more information about joining our team.

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Van Ness Feldman (VNF) — a law and policy firm representing clients in energy, environment, land use, real estate, and government relations matters — seeks an Associate Land Use Planner/Project Manager for its Seattle office.

Qualified applicants will have 4-6 years planning experience; familiarity with local, state, and federal permits and approvals (platting, conditional use permits, variances, wetland & shoreline approvals, HPAs, 401 cert) and environmental compliance (SEPA, NEPA); demonstrated project management experience; ability to collect and organize input from various disciplines and obtain governmental approvals for multi-faceted developments; strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to work with teams and facilitate meetings, to justify policy decisions, and to produce excellent written reports/documents; and the desire to work with a collaborative team of attorneys, planners, policy professionals, and consultants. City of Seattle experience strongly preferred. 

VNF is known for its high quality work.  We recognize the need for a balanced life. We offer top-notch benefits (health, dental, 401k, and vacation), complex and sophisticated work, interesting clients, superior training, and a professional, fun environment where we share a commitment to teamwork, collegiality, and excellence. 

Salary DOE.
All replies will be confidential.  No phone inquiries.  Please send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and salary requirements in a single PDF to: Julie A. Brandsness, Executive Director, Seattle,


Submittal Deadline: February 8, 2019


Executive/ Legal Assistant Job Posting 

Van Ness Feldman, LLP, a mid-sized Georgetown law firm that specializes in energy, natural resource, environmental and transportation policy, seeks a candidate with strong communication, organizational, and administrative skills.  Duties include, but are not limited to, providing administrative support such as, event preparation and management; schedule conference calls; schedule travel; manage calendar; recording time; recording expenses; drafting and editing documents; preparing PowerPoint presentations; and coordinating filings.  The candidate will type at least 50 wpm and have proficiency with Microsoft Office.  The candidate must possess the ability to prioritize, multi-task, demonstrative attention to detail, and work well in a fast-paced environment.  Prefer completion of undergraduate degree.  Five years of previous experience as an executive assistant preferred.  Previous law firm experience is not required. 

Benefits include health, dental, 401(k), and profit sharing plan.  EOE.   Please provide your resume and salary requirements by clicking here.

Litigation Paralegal

Van Ness Feldman, LLP a nationally recognized law firm in the practice areas of energy, environment, litigation, land use, real estate, government relations, healthcare and Native American affairs with offices in Washington D.C., Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay area, seeks a paralegal to provide comprehensive litigation support to busy litigation practice.  Responsibilities include proofing, cite-checking and formatting legal briefs, pleadings, and memoranda in accordance with federal, state, and local rules; managing discovery using document management databases; filing documents in federal and state courts and administrative agencies; and case management.

Candidate must be an organized self-starter capable of working independently, while also being a team player.  Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential.  Candidate must be capable of anticipating and meeting deadlines. 

Position is expected to be located in the Washington D.C. office.  Candidate must have flexibility to work varying hours when needed to support offices on the east coast and west coast. 

Required Qualifications: 

  • At least 2 years of relevant experience
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or paralegal certificate (or equivalent) is a plus
  • Excellent citechecking (bluebooking, shepardizing, proofing etc.) skills
  • Proficiency with an e-discovery database (such as Everlaw, Eclipse, Relativity, etc.)
  • Experience using PACER for both research and filing
  • Experience using CM/ECF
  • Knowledge of Compulaw
  • Knowledge of federal and state court rules and procedures, and experience filing documents in multiple forum


The position is non-exempt.  Salary is commensurate with experience.  Benefits include health, dental, 401(k), and pension plan.  EOE.

Please provide a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements by clicking here.


Real Estate Partner

The Seattle office of Van Ness Feldman LLP is seeking a real estate partner to join its dynamic real estate team.  For more than 35 years, our real estate group* has been involved in some of the region’s most significant real property transactions, including acquisition, development, finance, commercial leasing, management of large due diligence evaluations, structuring of multi-property acquisitions, regulatory analysis, compliance, and mitigation.  A portable practice and a historical track record of strong client relationships is desirable.  Confidential inquiries can be sent to Saira Rhodes at

(*formerly Buck & Gordon and GordonDerr LLP)

Natural Resources/Land Use Associate

The Seattle office of Van Ness Feldman LLP is seeking a natural resources/land use associate with 2-4 years’ experience to join our dynamic team.  Candidates should have strong experience handling diverse matters associated with federal and state environmental laws, such as the National Environmental Protection Act, the State Environmental Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Water Act.  Candidates should also have experience in permitting and regulatory compliance/enforcement; and in all aspects of complex land use matters, including representation before local land use boards, tribunals, and other administrative agencies. Superior analytical, drafting, client communication skills, sense of humor, and Washington State Bar are required.  Confidential inquiries can be sent to Saira Rhodes at


Van Ness Feldman’s Summer Associate Program is an important source for attorney recruitment. The Summer Associate Program offers law students an opportunity to observe and participate in cutting-edge issues related to energy, natural resources, real estate law, and public policy.

The firm seeks accomplished, well-rounded, and motivated law students with a demonstrated interest in our core areas of practice. Van Ness Feldman’s summer associate program provides future attorneys with a realistic experience of the life and practice of the firm and is limited to a select number of candidates. The program involves summer associates in a variety of substantive assignments for different clients and offers an opportunity to work directly with attorneys and professionals throughout the firm. Each summer associate is assigned a mentor to provide guidance and ensure that the summer associate has an enjoyable and productive summer.

Any questions regarding our firm or our recruiting process can be directed to DiNoua Avery, Recruiting Coordinator.



Van Ness Feldman is committed to promoting diversity within our firm, our profession, and our larger community.  At Van Ness Feldman, diversity encompasses a wide range of characteristics and life experiences, including gender, age, race, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, political affiliation, marital status, physical ability, military and government experience, education, and family relationships. The firm’s goal is to maintain a work environment where the unique attributes, perspectives, backgrounds, skills, and abilities of each individual thrive and contribute to our collective success.  To that end, the firm has established a 1L Diversity Clerkship. 

The Clerkship is open to highly motivated first‐year law students from diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership ability.

Requirements to Apply:

  • Resume
  • Undergraduate and law school transcripts (if your law school grades are not yet available, please apply and forward when available)
  • A brief personal statement addressing what diversity means to you and why you are interested in Van Ness Feldman
  • Two professional references
  • A letter of recommendation from a law school professor
  • A legal writing sample that has not been edited by others

Please click here to apply. 

Questions about our 1L program may be directed to DiNoua Avery, Recruiting & Diversity Coordinator, at (202) 298-3713 or, Lisa Pavia, Director of Business & Professional Development, at (202) 298-1899 or lap@vnf.comor any member of the firm’s Diversity Committee.


Van Ness Feldman enthusiastically extends an equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, military status, physical disability, or any similarly protected status. The firm has a policy of positive action to ensure the fulfillment of our commitment to a diverse and equitable workplace.