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.

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    Director, Governmental Issues

    Van Ness Feldman, LLP, a mid-sized Georgetown law and policy firm that specializes in energy, natural resource, environmental and transportation policy, is seeking a Director, Governmental Issues to assist the firm’s various practice areas with research, analysis and advocacy pertaining to public policy in the Legislative and Executive Branch. This includes, but is not limited to, monitoring developments and daily trade reports in issue areas that include: climate change, energy technologies, environment, natural resources, transportation, infrastructure and the federal budget.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    Client Needs: Participate in team efforts to meet client needs including, but not limited to, sharing timely information, participating in client calls, editing documents and taking notes at various events. Additionally, this person is responsible for the following tasks:

    • Communicate directly with clients as appropriate
    • Analyze and summarize legislation pertaining to energy, environmental, budget, appropriations and other client issues
    • Prepare memoranda and reports on congressional hearings and legislative mark-ups
    • Identify and monitor key campaign races based on individual client interests
    • Draft lobby materials and other advocacy tools to distribute to congressional staff
    • Structure, develop and execute educational briefings for Congressional staff

    External Outreach: Build, maintain and strengthen relationships with staff on Capitol Hill and in the Administration. Additional outreach expectations include:

    • Participate in various briefings on subject matter pertinent to issue areas noted above
    • Attend (in person or virtually) fundraising or political events as needed

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

    • Craft first drafts and coordinate team writing of marketing materials including Alerts and Updates related to policy activity (see examples here: https://www.vnf.com/resource-center)
    • Coordinate with others to update tracking documents focused on legislation, regulatory action and other matters of significance to the practice.

    Candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree; work experience on or with Capitol Hill encouraged. This position will be based in the Washington, DC office.

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

    Mid-Level Electric Associate - Regulatory - 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.  

    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 Lateral Associate: Seattle

    The Seattle office of Van Ness Feldman LLP is seeking an experienced environmental/land-use litigation associate. The candidate should have experience with litigation pertaining to state and federal environmental and/or land use statutes and regulations, such as the National Environmental Policy Act; State Environmental Policy Act; Land Use Petition Act; Growth Management Act; Clean Water Act; Endangered Species Act; the Clean Air Act; and, related statutes. Candidates should have significant experience representing public and private sector clients in state and federal court and in administrative hearings at the local, state or federal levels. Strong independent writing and research skills are required. Please send cover letter and resume to Saira Rhodes, slr@vnf.com

    Land Use/Natural Resources Lateral Associate: Seattle

    The Seattle office of Van Ness Feldman LLP is seeking a land use/natural resources associate to join our dynamic team. Candidates should have experience in permitting, regulatory compliance/enforcement, and/or litigation federal and/or state environmental laws, such as the National Environmental Protection Act, the State Environmental Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Water Act, or local zoning codes and plans. Preferred experience includes handling complex land use matters, including representation before local land use boards, tribunals, and other administrative agencies. 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  

  • 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.