Careers

Van Ness Feldman is a nationally respected law and government advocacy firm that is home to close to 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.

  • LATERAL ATTORNEYS

    Pipeline Safety Attorney - Washington, DC or Remote

    Van Ness Feldman seeks a mid-to senior level attorney (4+ years out of law school) to join the firm’s pipeline safety practice.  Pipeline safety presents dynamic and challenging issues before the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and state regulators.  You will help operators of gas and petroleum product pipelines and LNG facilities apply complex and often technical regulations to real-life circumstances, with the goal of ensuring regulatory compliance and continued safety of facilities.  Pipeline safety issues arise in a variety of circumstances, from helping a client properly classify its pipelines and ascertain their jurisdictional status, to identifying compliance issues and assessing risk during acquisition due diligence.  You also will also help clients prepare for inspections and audits and resolve and often enforcement actions in order to ensure due process and achieve fair and safe outcomes.  In almost all of these matters, you will work alongside in-house attorneys, the client’s engineering and operations staff, and senior management.  You also will interact with federal and state regulators. 

    For this position, Van Ness Feldman is looking for someone with the following experience and qualifications:

    • Experience with federal or state pipeline safety regulations and issues
    • Desire to help clients obtain creative solutions and outcomes
    • Strong legal research skills that reflect an appreciation for the patience required to understand detail and nuance
    • Strong writing skills that reflect the ability to translate complex legal and technical concepts in a plain, understandable way
    • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with an existing, collegial team of attorneys
    • The ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
    • A desire grow professionally and to sustain and build a practice

    The preferred location for this position is the Washington D.C. office, but can be remote. 

    Van Ness Feldman employees receive a competitive benefits package including health, dental, 401(k), and profit sharing plan. EOE.  Click here to apply.  Questions can be directed to recruiting@vnf.com

    Real Estate Partner/Partner Group

    Van Ness Feldman's Seattle office is seeking a lateral partner or partner group to join our real estate practice.  Candidates must have a portable book of business representing buyers, sellers, and developers in transactions involving all sizes and types of real estate transactions. We are looking for someone who is eager to join our very active real estate practice, is comfortable in a team-oriented and fast-paced environment, and who enjoys being part of a collaborative and diverse culture that supports our firm values. With offices in Seattle, Washington D.C., the Bay Area, and Denver, the team supports development projects across the country in such varied industries as energy infrastructure, public and private utilities, corporate real estate development, residential development, transportation, natural resources, and ports/industrial facilities.

    Confidential inquiries can be sent to slr@vnf.com 

    Senior Real Estate Attorney

    Van Ness Feldman is seeking an experienced real estate attorney to join our Seattle team. The ideal candidate must have at least 5 years of substantive experience in commercial, industrial, and residential development, including drafting and negotiating complex documents related to the acquisition and disposition of property, and financing / loan transactions. Candidate should have experience coordinating due diligence reviews (including title and survey) and closings.

    We are looking for someone who is team-oriented with strong written and oral communication skills. The ideal candidate should display passion for working hard, take initiative in a fast-paced environment with motivated and collegial colleagues, and enjoy being part of a collaborative and diverse culture that supports our firm values.

    Skills and Qualifications Include:

    • Representing buyers, sellers, and developers in transactions involving all sizes and types of real estate transactions;
    • Performing and coordinating due diligence in the acquisition and financing of real estate for investment, development, occupancy, sales, leasing, and collateralization;
    • Representing clients in negotiating and closing on acquisition financing, construction financing, and permanent financing;
    • Assisting and coordinating with clients in working with local city and state officials across the country with respect to compliance matters related to the development, redevelopment, and use of property.
    • The ideal candidate will have outstanding academic credentials, a strong work ethic, a logical and analytical thought process, excellent organizational, drafting, writing and research skills, as well as the ability to establish strong client and peer relationships.


    Applications including a cover letter and resume can be sent to slr@vnf.com 

  • ADMINISTRATIVE & PROFESSIONAL STAFF

    Chief Operating Officer - Washington, DC

    SUMMARY

    The Chief Operating Officer (COO) has responsibility for establishing an effective organizational structure to support the firm’s administrative functions. Areas include human resources, administrative services, marketing, business and professional development, recruiting and diversity, accounting and financial systems, information resources, and information technology. The COO manages the general business operations of the firm, implements the firm’s strategic plan, and manages periodic updates to the strategic plan to respond to market demands.

    The COO provides leadership and direction to all office functions that support client services. The firm supports professionals located in offices in Washington DC, Seattle, northern California, and other locations.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    Members

    • Keep members informed of firm business matters and management decisions of interest to them.
    • Meet with individual members to find solutions to specific administrative or support services challenges that cannot be handled by the firm’s administrative directors and managers.
    • Keep members informed of practice management and client service activities through frequent discussions with practice group leaders and other members and staff to ensure that appropriate levels of support are being provided.
    • Support practice group coordinators in developing and implementing systems for managing workflow, expense reimbursement processes, and general coordination among the various groups and offices.
    • Keep the members informed of major operating decisions and advised of any matters requiring involvement of the members.
    • Work closely with the firm’s Executive Committee in carrying out their responsibilities and in identifying management priorities and allocating resources. Provide analysis to support Executive Committee functions. Participate in Executive Committee meetings as requested.
       

    Directors, Managers, and Administrative Staff

    • Supervise directors and managers of each department.
    • Meet regularly with directors and managers to communicate business goals and objectives and to discuss the role of each individual in reaching firm goals.
    • Ensure that directors are fulfilling their job responsibilities; work with them to set goals; and provide ongoing evaluation, feedback, and constructive criticism.
    • Ensure that firm employees at all levels are receiving proper training for fulfilling their responsibilities and that they have a clear understanding of their reporting lines. As necessary, provide counseling and training on the need to work in a team environment.
    • Ensure that administrative staff in the firm’s various offices are properly supervised and receive ongoing communication from administrative directors and managers responsible for their supervision.
    • Ensure that staff in all administrative departments receive appropriate cross-training.
    • Ensure that each administrative department is properly staffed.
       

    Firmwide

    • Communicate the firm’s determination to maintain the highest possible professional standards in performing legal and policy work and to provide high quality service and responsiveness to clients and each other at all times. This goal requires that all firm employees promote a team environment.
    • Ensure that all employees are aware of the firm’s business goals and objectives and how each employee plays a role in reaching those goals. Provide ongoing communication regarding the importance of quality service and responsiveness to clients and working together to accomplish these goals; develop ways to reward and recognize exceptional client service and teamwork.
    • Ensure that administrative directors and staff understand policies, procedures and work processes, interpret them correctly, and apply them consistently.
    • Develop firmwide communications processes to help align all firm employees to common goals.
    • Provide technical, interpersonal and communications skills training to all firm employees.
    • Participate in the integration of new lawyers and laterals coming into the firm. Develop programs to facilitate such integration.
       

    Outside Relationships

    • Serve as the firm’s liaison, or supervise such liaison, with the firm’s landlords, banks, government agencies, insurance agents, representatives of companies providing employee benefits, professional associations, vendors and similar groups.
       

    Strategic Planning

    • Review existing Strategic Plan and develop implementation strategies, provide recommendations based on current market conditions.
    • Work with Executive Committee and Practice Group Coordinators to implement and update the Strategic Plan, including:
      • Seek creative means for adding value to the firm and increasing the firm’s efficiency and profitability.
      • Work with the executive committee to identify and analyze significant strategic issues and build consensus with the members in addressing issues.
      • Meet with members regularly to discuss strategic planning issues.
      • Analyze, on a continuous basis the firm’s administrative infrastructure and enhance efficiency through improved workflow processes and technology.
      • Supervise planning and evaluation of proposed new office locations.
         

    QUALIFICATIONS

    The COO must be a well-rounded business executive with substantial management experience in a law firm or other professional services industry, and have knowledge normally acquired through completion of an MBA or other appropriate business degree, or equivalent experience. The COO must possess the intellect, sophistication, leadership and interpersonal skills to interact effectively with all in the firm, ranging from senior members to administrative personnel. The COO must have superior knowledge of and experience with workflow systems, financial management skills and excellent written and verbal communications skills. A specific understanding of the use and proper management of information technology is required for success in this position.

    The COO must be capable of providing leadership to identify critical issues affecting the organization, develop plans to accomplish objectives, and coordinate implementation. The candidate must be a team player capable of leading by example (visibility will be key) and of motivating others to achieve excellence in their performance.

    Benefits include health, dental, 401(k), long term disability, life insurance and profit-sharing plan. EOE.

    Click here to apply.

    Benefits/HRIS Specialist - Washington, DC

    The DC office seeks a Benefits/HRIS Specialist to support the Firm’s benefits operations from the systems perspective. This role administers all benefits activities in ADP Workforce Now. This role works with the Director of Human Resources and Human Resources Manager to maintain accuracy of the data in ADP and with the benefits carriers. In collaboration with the HR team, this role consults with employees on benefits related matters as needed.

    Duties include, but are not limited to:

    • Performing day-to-day administration of employee benefits programs, including but not limited to health, flexible spending accounts, dental and vision, accident and disability, life insurance, 401(k), and wellness initiatives.
    • Ensuring the company adheres to compliance requirements for benefits plans, including ACA filing, non-discrimination testing, 5500 filing, Sections 125, and 129.
    • Assisting with annual retirement plan audit.
    • Processing data and maintaining the ADP HRIS database for all HR and benefit programs.
    • Ensuring accuracy of benefits data electronically fed to benefits carriers.
    • Reconciling monthly benefit invoices and submits for payment.
    • Working with Human Resources Manager during open enrollment.
    • Ensuring the accuracy of the Open Enrollment data.
    • Assisting with the development and maintenance of employee benefits communication materials and updating the intranet accordingly.
    • Conducting onboarding process including performing HR and benefits new hire orientation.
    • Completing employment verifications.
    • Completing the EEO report annually.
    • Completing annual salary surveys.
    • Creating and running HRIS reports.
    • Staying up to date on benefits and payroll laws.
    • Playing an active role in the successful operation of the Human Resources Department.
    • Performing other duties as assigned.

    Candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or similar field, minimum of 5 years of human resources experience. The candidate must be proficient with spreadsheets (Excel). ADP Workforce Now experience highly preferred. Service industry experience preferred.

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

    Please click here to apply.

    Executive Assistant - Washington, DC

    Van Ness Feldman, LLP, a mid-sized Georgetown law firm that specializes in energy, natural resource, environmental and transportation policy, seeks a candidate to work with two Principals, two Attorneys and two 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. Maintains professional demeanor and positive image with clients, attorneys, and other members of the staff and preserves confidentiality of client and firm matters. Participates 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.
    • Provides assistance to professionals 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.  

    Click here to apply.

  • SUMMER ASSOCIATES

    Van Ness Feldman’s Summer Associate Program is designed to provide law students with diverse opportunities to develop, challenge, and broaden their skills while contributing to the innovative services and counsel delivered to our clients. Summer Associates join Van Ness Feldman’s team of attorneys to provide nationally recognized legal counsel, thought leadership, and policy strategy to clients navigating the complex intersection between business and government.

    The firm seeks accomplished, well-rounded, and motivated law students with a demonstrated interest in our core areas of practice. With professionals in Washington D.C., Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay Area, we are renowned for providing strategic business advice, legislative and policy advocacy, legal and regulatory compliance counsel, representation in administrative proceedings and litigation, and support for project development, permitting, and transactions in the inter-related areas of energy, natural resources, environmental, real estate/land use, infrastructure, and government relations.

    We foster an environment that is uniquely collaborative, rewarding and, we believe, truly different from our competitors. Our team is committed to the development and advancement of our summer associates through challenging assignments, training and mentoring programs, and networking opportunities to help students launch their career.

    High academic credentials, journal/moot court experience, a growth mindset, and a great sense of humor required. We look forward to learning more about you and discussing how the Van Ness Feldman family of professionals can be part of your future.

    The firm has concluded its recruitment for the 2023 2L summer associate class. If you have questions about future opportunities in the Seattle market, please contact Saira Rhodes or DiNoua Avery for Washington, DC related questions. 

    For additional questions regarding our firm, the summer associate program, or our recruiting process, please email recruiting@vnf.com.  

  • 1L DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP - SEATTLE OFFICE

    As part of Van Ness Feldman’s ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we are proud to offer the Van Ness Feldman Seattle Diversity Fellowship to an outstanding first year law school student.  The Fellow will receive a paid 1L Summer Associate position in our Seattle office and a $10,000 scholarship to assist with law school tuition.  The Fellowship also includes the opportunity to continue as a VNF Diversity Fellow during the student’s 2L summer, which includes an additional $10,000 scholarship; and a possible offer for full-time employment with signing bonus post law school.

    First year students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion are encouraged to apply.

    Selection Criteria:

    The Fellowship is open to all first-year law students who have demonstrated:

    • Diverse background and life experiences
    • Academic excellence
    • Leadership ability
    • Commitment to their community
    • Desire to promote diversity within the legal profession


    Application Materials:

    To apply, please submit the following:

    • A personal statement addressing the ways in which you have and will foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal community, what these qualities mean to you, and why you are interested in Van Ness Feldman
    • Your resume
    • Your undergraduate and law school transcripts (if your law school grades are not yet available, please forward when available)
    • Two to three professional references
    • A legal writing sample that has not been edited by others


    Applications must be received no later than Jan 9, 2023. 

    Please send materials via email to:

    Ms. Saira Rhodes
    Van Ness Feldman LLP
    1191 Second Ave., Suite 1800
    Seattle, WA 98101
    slr@vnf.com

  • 1L DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP - DC OFFICE

    As part of Van Ness Feldman’s ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we are proud to offer the Van Ness Feldman D.C. Diversity Fellowship to an outstanding first year law school student.  The Fellow will receive a paid 1L Summer Associate position in our D.C. office and a $10,000 scholarship to assist with law school tuition.  The Fellowship also includes the opportunity to continue as a VNF Diversity Fellow during the student’s 2L summer, which includes an additional $10,000 scholarship; and a possible offer for full-time employment with signing bonus post law school.

    First year students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion are encouraged to apply.

    Selection Criteria:

    The Fellowship is open to all first-year law students who have demonstrated:

    • Diverse background and life experiences
    • Academic excellence
    • Leadership ability
    • Commitment to their community
    • Desire to promote diversity within the legal profession

    To apply, please submit the following:

    • A personal statement addressing the ways in which you have and will foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal community, what these qualities mean to you, and why you are interested in Van Ness Feldman
    • Your resume
    • Your undergraduate and law school transcripts (if your law school grades are not yet available, please forward when available)
    • Two to three professional references
    • A legal writing sample that has not been edited by others
       

    Application Deadline: January 9, 2023.   Click here to apply

    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.

    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.

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