Careers

Van Ness Feldman is a nationally respected law and government advocacy firm that is home to more than 150 attorneys, public policy professionals, land use planners, administrative managers, and support staff working from offices in Washington, DC, Seattle, the Bay Area, and Denver.

Central to our reputation as an industry leader and employer is investing in our people and preserving our unique culture which places emphasis on well-rounded individuals who are able to not only contribute in the workplace, but more importantly, who are able to serve their communities and participate with their friends and families with great care and good humor.

The work environment at the firm is challenging, rewarding, and we believe, different from our competitors. We value diverse viewpoints, experiences, and backgrounds and are committed to attracting, mentoring, and retaining the best talent and supporting a culture in which all employees feel valued and empowered to grow professionally.

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

  • LATERALS

    Pipeline Regulatory Associate

    Our Pipeline & LNG practice group seeks to hire a mid to senior-level associate (3-8 years out of law school). The firm counsels numerous clients who operate natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines, LNG facilities, and other assets across the country and practices before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Department of Energy (DOE), and federal and state courts. The ideal candidate has an aptitude for regulatory work, including rate making and certificates, and is looking for a professional growth opportunity. Candidates must be capable of working both independently and collaboratively with an existing, collegial team of attorneys. This position is located in the Washington D.C. office, however remote working options may be available.

    Preferred skills and qualifications:

    • Solid, well-rounded foundational knowledge of regulatory policies under the Natural Gas Act, Interstate Commerce Act, and other federal energy laws.
    • Knowledge of the pipeline industry and FERC policies involving pipelines and LNG facilities
    • Previous subject matter or industry experience is necessary
    • Excellent analytical and writing skills, including the ability to write for different audiences (i.e., memoranda, talking points, briefs, industry alerts, etc.)
    • The ability to produce top-notch, short turnaround legal research
    • Strong interpersonal skills for effective internal and client communications
    • Experience on PHMSA or pipeline safety matters is a plus and should be noted in submissions of interest.

    To apply for this position, please click here.  

    Litigation/Investigations Associate: Washington, DC

    Our litigation and investigation practice is seeking a full-time Litigation Associate with two to seven years of experience to join its growing team. The Investigations and Litigation Group focuses on civil litigation, internal investigations, government investigations, and related matters. The candidate will likely be responsible for participating in all aspects of pre-trial practice, including preparing pleadings, attending case status conferences, propounding and responding to written discovery, participating in depositions, communicating with opposing counsel, and engaging in motion practice. The candidate may also be responsible for conducting internal investigations and handling all aspects of government investigations. Depending on experience, the candidate may also be asked to participate in trials, mediations, and settlement discussions. This is great opportunity for candidates seeking a high level of responsibility and a team-oriented approach to client/matter management. Candidates must be willing to waive into the bar in Washington DC.

    This position is remote to start, subject to State and local COVID-19 guidance. DC is the preferred office location, but the firm is willing to be flexible with an arrangement for frequent visits when travel safely resumes.

    Preferred skills and qualifications:

    • Litigation and/or investigation experience, including preparing for and participating in employee interviews, investigation and analysis of relevant client documents and data, preparation of findings, and engaging with government agencies;

    • Experience in responding to government inquiries and investigations, including requests for documents, investigative depositions, and responding to government agency requests;

    • Experience counseling clients in litigation and/or government inquiries and investigations;

    • Litigation experience commensurate with associate year, including preparation of pleadings, substantive motions, preparing for and participating in depositions, propounding and responding to written discovery, experience with e-discovery, interacting with opposing counsel, court room experience; and experience with case resolution (settlement, mediation, or trial);

    • Knowledge of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”), and similar state laws and common law actions (a background in environmental studies is a plus);

    • Excellent legal research, writing, verbal communication and analytical skills;

    • Experience with document management databases (i.e., Concordance, Relativity, DISCO);

    • Exceptional attention to detail;

    • Strong organization and time management skills;

    • Able to take direction and manage tasks and projects with minimal supervision;

    • Strong computer skills;

    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team; and

    • Ability to travel, when travel safely resumes.

    To apply for this position, please send your cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to DiNoua Avery, Diversity and Recruiting Coordinator.  

    Mid-Level Electric Associate - Regulatory - Washington, DC

    The firm is seeking a mid-level associate (3-6 years of experience) with demonstrated electric regulatory experience. The ideal candidate has aptitude for detailed work on energy regulatory and policy matters, particularly the interpretation and application of the Federal Power Act to wholesale markets and bulk transmission system operations.

    Preferred skills and qualifications:

    • Foundational knowledge of the Federal Power Act, the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) and other federal energy laws
    • Experience in administrative litigation and settlement matters before FERC
    • Knowledge of, and experience with: (i) FERC cost-of-service ratemaking policies and practices; (ii) open access transmission service and interconnection matters; (iii) market-based rate authorizations; and (iv) market rules for wholesale energy, capacity and ancillary services
    • Experience with negotiation of power purchase and capacity agreements
    • Knowledge of FERC’s Standards of Conduct
    • Strong analytical research and writing skills
    • Excellent communication skills

    Experience before state utility commissions also is highly valued.

    To apply for this position please click here.  

    Real Estate Partner/Lateral Associate: Seattle

    The Seattle office of Van Ness Feldman LLP is seeking experienced real estate attorneys to join our dynamic team.  For more than 40 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

  • 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

    At Van Ness Feldman, diversity and inclusion encompass a wide range of characteristics including age, race, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, physical ability, military service, religion and other groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession. The firm is committed to maintaining a work environment where the unique attributes, perspectives, backgrounds, skills, and abilities of each individual thrive and contribute to our collective success. In support of our commitment to promoting diversity within our firm, our profession, and our larger community, each year the firm hires a 1L Diversity Summer Associate to spend the summer with us.

    The 1L Diversity Summer Associate position is open to highly motivated first‐year law students from diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership ability. This 10-week summer position is based in our Washington, DC office. Application dates: December 1 – February 28.

    Requirements to Apply:

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

    For more information, please contact DiNoua Avery at dnm@vnf.com.

  • 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, gender identity or expression, 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.