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.

  • STAFF

    Litigation Legal Secretary/Legal Assistant: 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 Legal Secretary/Legal Assistant, 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, secretarial, 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; assisting with document production; maintaining calendars and dockets; coordinating meetings and arranging schedules; reconciling travel expenses; setting up new cases; and assisting paralegals and other legal assistants. 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, a plus.

    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.

  • LATERALS

    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.  

    Junior Land Use Associate: Seattle

    The Seattle office of Van Ness Feldman LLP is seeking an entry-level land use associate to join our dynamic team. Candidates should have 1-2 years’ experience in permitting; regulatory due diligence, compliance, and enforcement; strong familiarity with the Growth Management Act (GMA), Shoreline Management Act (SMA), and the State Environmental Protection Act (SEPA); and with state, local, and federal government administrative hearings & appeals, including related litigation in both state and federal court. 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 

    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.