Careers

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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STAFF

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

Salary/Benefits

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

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LATERALS

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 slr@vnf.com

(*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 slr@vnf.com.

SUMMER ASSOCIATES

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.

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1L DIVERSITY CLERKSHIP

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

***Positions have been filled for Summer 2018.

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

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION POLICY

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.