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

    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

    Litigation Associate: Bay Area

    The Bay Area office of Van Ness Feldman LLP is seeking a highly motivated junior to mid-level associate (1-5 years of experience) to join our growing litigation practice. This position will be focused in the areas of federal and state environmental litigation, environmental regulatory actions, judicial challenges to agency decisions, environmental aspects of transactions and policyholder insurance coverage. This is a great opportunity for candidates seeking a high level of responsibility and a team-oriented approach to client/matter management in a busy law firm environment. Admission to the California Bar is required. This position is remote to start, subject to State and local COVID-19 guidance.

    Preferred skills and qualifications:

    • Litigation experience, including preparation of pleadings, substantive motions, depositions and e-discovery;
    • Excellent legal research, writing, verbal communication and analytical skills;
    • Experience with document management databases (i.e., Concordance, Relativity);
    • 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 travel, when travel safely resumes.

    To apply for this position, please send your cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to treese@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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  • LAND USE PLANNERS

    Land Use Planner - Seattle

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

    Minimum 5 years' land use planning experience required.  Our need is for a planning professional who can:

    • Analyze land use, environmental, and permitting issues from a variety of perspectives, including regulator and regulated party;
    • Collaborate with teams of attorneys, planners, policy professionals, and consultants, and be comfortable stepping into a project manager role to shepherd projects across the finish line;
    • Work to develop creative solutions to planning problems, and advocate complex and/or controversial projects or policy positions on behalf of clients;
    • Manage a diverse and dynamic workload using excellent time management skills; and
    • Communicate effectively to clients, local governments, agencies, and colleagues.


    This position allows for some flexibility, depending on the candidate’s areas of interest and professional experience level.  The successful candidate will be a self-starter who can take direction, work autonomously in both a lead and support capacity, and be entrepreneurial in a non-hierarchical organization.  This position is a unique opportunity for a planner to expand their knowledge base, broaden their range of professional experience, and develop their own clients and professional relationships over time. 

    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. Competitive salary DOE.

    All replies are confidential.  Please send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to: Julie A. Brandsness, Executive Director, Seattle, jab@vnf.com.  No phone inquiries.

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    Submittal Deadline: July 21, 2021

  • 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.

  • STAFF

    Executive – Legal Assistant – Washington, DC

    We are seeking a candidate to work with two Principals, two Attorneys and one Director, Governmental Issues in the firm’s Government Relations and Public Policy practice.

    The candidate must possess high level clerical skills; strong communication skills; mastery of grammar, spelling, and punctuation; attention to detail; and proficiency in the use of computer programs. They will also maintain a professional demeanor and positive image with clients, attorneys, and other members of the staff and preserves confidentiality of client and firm matters. The candidate will participate actively as a team player among professionals, secretarial personnel and with all other firm employees.

    Duties include, but are not limited to:

    -Assists with scheduling appointments, arranging conference calls, making travel arrangements, returning messages for supervisors, and/or handling administrative details.

    - Provides research, writing and synthesizing of substantive information as needed.

    - Helps processionals by researching, analyzing, and synthesizing a variety of topics under the guidance of supervisor.

    - Completes special projects: compiles, collates and organizes information, as requested, to complete projects which may be assigned.

    - Work closely with the public policy team.

    - Record time and expenses for professionals.

    The candidate will type at least 50 wpm and be proficient with Microsoft Office. Prefer completion of undergraduate degree. Previous government affairs, public policy or coalition experience will be considered. Previous law firm experience is not required.

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

    Legislative Assistant - Washington, DC

    The firm is seeking a Legislative Assistant to help support the firm’s government advocacy and public policy practice. The Legislative Assistant will assist the firm’s various practice areas with research, analysis and development of advocacy materials pertaining to public policy on the Legislative and Executive Branch level. This includes, but is not limited to, monitoring developments and daily trade reports in the following issue areas: biofuels, climate change, energy technologies, environment, forestry, transportation, infrastructure, over-the-counter derivatives markets, oil and natural gas, carbon sequestration, clean hydrogen, pipeline safety, and the federal budget.

    Day to Day duties would include the following:
     

    Client Needs: Participate in team efforts to meet client needs including, but not limited to, tracking legislation, participating in client calls, editing documents, and taking notes at various events, including Congressional hearings. Additionally, this person would be responsible for the following tasks:

    • Summarizing legislation pertaining to energy, environmental, budget, appropriations, and other client issues.
    • Preparing memoranda and reports on Congressional hearings and legislative mark-ups.
    • Assisting in preparing clients for meetings with Congressional staff.
       

    Support Practice Needs: Participate in various Public Policy Practice meetings and support the sharing of information among colleagues. Additional supportive tasks include:

    • Assisting with drafting and research for firm marketing Alerts and Updates related to policy activity (see examples here: https://www.vnf.com/resource-center).
    • Coordinating with others to update tracking documents focused on legislation, regulatory action and other matters of significance to the practice.
       

    Coalition Coordination and Support:

    • Provide various support services to firm professionals and industry members of firm-led advocacy coalitions.
    • Draft action alerts, lobbying materials and other advocacy tools to keep Congressional staff, coalition managers and members informed on the latest news and policy developments.
    • Create and maintain content for industry coalition websites and brochures.
    • Coordinate coalition meetings and logistics, develop agenda items, draft meeting materials, and handle meeting oversight.

    Benefits include health, dental, 401(k), and profit-sharing plan. EOE.

    Click here to apply. 

    Litigation Paralegal: Seattle 

    The Seattle office of Van Ness Feldman LLP, with practices in Natural Resources, Land Use, Real Estate and Energy law, seeks an excellent Litigation Paralegal who shares our commitment to quality, client service, and teamwork. Candidate must demonstrate current 5+ years’ litigation experience (Washington State and Federal courts and State administrative tribunals), and demonstrated understanding of court rules of procedure. Candidate must possess strong organizational and administrative skills to support an active litigation practice. Duties include, but are not limited to, drafting, editing and proofreading documents; handling court filings and service requests; cite checking; creating tables of authorities; organizing and managing files (physical and electronic) in document intensive practices; and managing document production and discovery. Attributes include attention to detail, self-starter, positive attitude, sense of humor, professional demeanor, familiarity and ability to manage the demands of a busy litigation practice, ability to juggle competing priorities, team player, and top-notch verbal and written communication skills. Excellent proficiency required with all MS Office applications, with emphasis on Word and Excel, along with document management software. Working knowledge of e-discovery programs, such as DISCO, preferred.

    Competitive benefits package including vacation, health, dental, 401(k) and profit sharing plan. EOE. Please send your cover letter and resume to Julie Brandsness at jab@vnf.com. No phone inquiries, please.