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.

  • LATERALS

    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

  • STAFF

    Executive Assistant/Marketing Coordinator, Downtown Seattle Law Firm

    With offices in Seattle, Bay Area, Denver and DC, Van Ness Feldman is a leading law firm focusing on energy, environmental, and natural resource law. VNF seeks an excellent Executive Assistant/Marketing Coordinator to provide administrative support to the Executive Director and Marketing and Business Development Department. This position requires high-level computer skills, with superior knowledge of Microsoft Office programs; excellent written and verbal communication; ability to conduct market research; and familiarity with graphic design and social media/web content. Ideal candidate will be highly adaptable, proactive, and team-oriented.

    Typical tasks include, but are not limited to:

    • Provide general office and administrative support
    • Draft and proofread documents, correspondence, memoranda, and charts/tables
    • Schedule, prioritize, and manage calendars, and assist with meeting coordination
    • Plan firm functions, both internal and external
    • Support HR activities, including recruiting and onboarding
    • Conduct research for marketing and business development initiatives
    • Support marketing department with publications, conferences, proposals, and internal and external communications
    • Handle special projects as assigned 

    Desired Skills and Experience:

    • Bachelor’s Degree Required, with marketing/communications degree preferred
    • 1+ years of administrative/office experience, law firm experience a plus
    • Superior proofing and editing skills
    • Team-oriented approach
    • Fierce attention to detail
    • Exceptional organization skills
    • Ability to use discretion in handling confidential information

    Competitive benefits package including vacation, health, dental, 401(k) and profit sharing plan.  Salary DOE.  EOE.  Please provide a cover letter and resume through Van Ness Feldman Portal.  No phone inquiries, please. 

    Billing Specialist

    Van Ness Feldman, LLP a nationally recognized law firm in the practice areas of energy, environment, litigation, land use, real estate, government relations, healthcare and Native American affairs with offices in Washington D.C., Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay area, seeks a Billing Specialist to work in the firm’s Washington, DC office. 

    The Billing Specialist will be the liaison between their assigned attorneys and the Billing Department by completing billing, accounts receivables, and collections. This position requires excellent communication skills, interpersonal skills, ability to multi-task, detail oriented and strong organizational skills. This position will also submit invoices through various e-billing vendors and monitor e-bill client accounts to ensure the client invoices are accurate and successfully submitted in a timely manner.

    • Collaborate with Attorneys/Director of Billing to ensure complex billing arrangements, including multi-payer and delayed split billing, volume discounts, and alternative fee arrangements are followed prior to finalizing invoices.
    • Facilitate the preparation and submission of budgets for specified matters and provide variance analysis to attorneys as requested.
    • Coordinate and prepare the monthly distribution of pre-bills to partners for review and revisions.
    • Monitor the completion of suggested revisions and finalization of invoices.
    • Analyze invoices to ensure compliance with Firm policies and client guidelines
    • Generate Work in Progress, Accounts Receivable, and On-Account reports.  Also, track assigned attorneys’ inventories.
    • Complete ad hoc billing requests as requested by attorneys.
    • Research aging Work In Progress and Accounts Receivable balances and provide attorneys with thoughtful analysis regarding best course of action for balances.
    • Review accounts receivables for collections and unallocated cash
    • Occasionally handle client refund requests.
    • Make corrections to time entries in Work In Progress, as needed.
    • Ability to identify any issues/problems with billing assignments.
    • Review client guidelines and work closely with the Billing Specialists and the Billing Partners Team to ensure compliance with billing guidelines and proper set up of matters; ensuring matters, rates, timekeepers and budgets are in place for e-billing prior to invoice submission.
    • Work closely with the Accounting Department to communicate special circumstances and status of resubmissions.
    • Work closely with Billing Attorneys and secretarial staff to resolve issues with rejected invoices.
    • Monitor external e-billing websites for invoice updates.
    • Complete monthly filing of billing information.

    The candidate must have a high school diploma and at least three years of billing experience at a law firm. The candidate must be proficient with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.  Aderant experience is preferred, but not required. 

    The position is non-exempt.  Salary is commensurate with experience.  Benefits include health, dental, 401(k), and pension plan.  EOE.

    Please provide a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements by clicking here. 

    Senior IT Manager

    We are seeking a Senior IT Manager to work in the firm’s Washington, DC office.  The Senior IT Manager will have the primary responsibility of overseeing the DC office software and hardware technology including:

    • maintenance and support
    • inventory and licensing
    • standardization in line with the firm’s overall deployment of systems 
    • researching, development, testing, integration and deployment
    • vulnerability management, patching and updating
    • budgeting and forecasting
    • account provisioning and deactivation
    • system logging, retention and backups
    • end-user support   
    • managing the DC help desk employees

    Reporting to the Director of IT, the Senior IT Manager must be able to work as a team member and collaborate with the firm IT team, professionals, departments, and vendors across two time zones with responsibilities in remote offices located in Lafayette, CA, Denver, CO and Seattle, WA.  The individual will ensure excellent customer service/end-user support to local, remote and mobile users and work effectively with management while following firm procedures and policies.  The firm is in the business of providing legal services to clients and thus the Senior IT Manager must perform these duties with specific focus on ensuring a smooth client and end-user experience in the delivery of those services. 

    The firm is committed to information security and holds certification of information security practices under ISO 27001 standards.  The Senior IT Manager has various responsibilities under this program so it’s extremely important to always exercise caution and promote security awareness and best practices.

    Below are the education and experience requirements for the position:

    • 5+ years with Legal/Professional Services
    • 10+ years in end-user support
    • 10+ years administering and deploying Windows Server Operating Systems (Netware operating system is a plus)
    • 2+ years familiarity with ISO 27001 framework/standard
    • 10+ years use of AD/NDS management tools
    • 10+ years Group Policies
    • 10+ years DNS, DHCP, Print Management, IIS, File Replication
    • 10+ years VMWare virtualization
    • 15+ years Networking skills from point to point through switches and routers with authentication
    • 10+ years administering and supporting critical systems such as DMS, RMS, CRM, and other communications, collaboration and production tools such as Microsoft Office. 
    • 5+ years managing IT professionals and collaborating with other team members
    • Technical Training and certification in the areas responsible is desirable
    • Independently motivated, able to collaborate and work as a team and works well with minimal supervision.
    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required
    • 3+ years SQL experience desirable 

    This position is exempt.  Salary is commensurate with experience.  Benefits include health, dental, 401(k), and pension plan.  EOE.

    Please provide a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements by clicking here.

  • 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


    Click here to apply.

    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, 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.