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.

  • LATERALS

    Electric Associate - Washington, DC

    The firm is seeking a mid-level associate (3-6 years of experience) with demonstrated FERC regulatory experience for our Electricity practice group.  The ideal candidate has aptitude for ratemaking and other regulatory work and is looking for a professional growth opportunity. Candidates must be capable of working independently, as well as collaborating effectively with other professionals. This position will be based in the Washington, DC office.  

    To apply for this position please click here.  

    Environmental Associate - Washington, DC

    Our Washington, D.C. office has an immediate need in the Environmental Practice Group for a junior-level associate with demonstrated substantive experience in Clean Air Act mobile source (light-duty and heavy-duty vehicle) regulatory matters. The firm’s mobile source practice provides counsel to a wide range of manufacturers and trade associations involving light- and heavy-duty vehicles and engines, off-road engines and equipment (e.g., lawn and garden engines and equipment), and marine. The ideal candidate enjoys regulatory work 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 experienced attorneys.

    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

  • 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.

  • STAFF

  • 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.

    Click here to apply.

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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.