Careers

Van Ness Feldman is a nationally respected law and government advocacy firm that is home to more than 200 attorneys, public policy professionals, land use planners, administrative managers, and support staff working from offices in Washington, DC, Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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.

  • STAFF

    Real Estate Paralegal

    VNF’s Seattle office seeks an experienced Real Estate Paralegal, who will work closely with and support a group of real estate and land use attorneys. The ideal candidate will excel at providing a comprehensive range of support on complex real estate transactions.  Preferred candidate would also have litigation paralegal experience and/or willingness to learn. 

    Typical tasks include: overseeing all phases of complex real estate transactions; reviewing title commitments and documents; preparing title objection letters; generating deeds, POAs, real estate excise tax affidavits, purchase and sale agreements, LLC agreements, escrow instructions and other documents as assigned; understanding the due diligence process under purchase and sale agreements, and preparing/planning for relevant dates; ordering title, document requests, and court documents; running conflict checks; coordinating basic functions to help the practice group run smoothly; and handling special projects as assigned.

    Desired Experience: 3+ years’ experience as a real estate paralegal required or comparable knowledge; excellent attention to detail; highly developed communication skills with people in various positions and roles; ability to handle stressful situations with a professional demeanor; proficient in Microsoft Office  (Word, Excel, and Outlook) and legal research.

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

  • LAND USE PLANNERS

    Land Use Planner - Seattle

    The Seattle office is seeking an experienced land use planner with the ability to:

    • Analyze land use, environmental, and permitting issues from a variety of perspectives, including regulator and regulated party;
    • Balance small, discrete tasks with larger, more complex developments using excellent project management skills;
    • Communicate verbally and in writing to clients, local governments, agencies, and colleagues, often advocating complex or controversial projects or policy positions; and,
    • Collaborate with teams of attorneys, planners, policy professionals, and consultants, while being comfortable in both a lead and support capacity.

    Successful candidate will be a self starter who can take direction, work autonomously, and be entrepreneurial in a non-hierarchical organization.  This position is an excellent opportunity for an associate planner who wants to expand their knowledge base and range of professional experience.  Alternatively, more experienced planning professionals will have the opportunity to enhance their skills and develop their own clients over time.

    VNF is known for its high quality work.  We recognize the need for a balanced life.  We offer a 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, writing sample, and salary requirements in a single PDF to: Julie A. Brandsness, Executive Director, Seattle, jab@vnf.com.  No phone inquiries.  EOE.

  • 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 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

    Natural Resources Associate

    Our Seattle office is seeking a natural resources 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. 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

    Land Use Associate

    Our Seattle office has an immediate need in the land use and real estate practice group for a mid-level (2nd -5th year) land use associate. The ideal candidate enjoys a fast-paced environment and is looking for a growth opportunity and a forward career trajectory. Candidates must be capable of working independently, as well as working collaboratively with a deep bench of seasoned attorneys. 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. Washington State Bar 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

    Please click here to apply. 

    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.