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

    Senior Director - Governmental Issues - CCS & Clean Hydrogen Issues

    We are seeking an experienced public policy professional that has an understanding of federal carbon capture and storage (CCS) and clean hydrogen policy. The position will support firm coalitions focus on these issues and will include research, analysis and advocacy development for CCS and clean hydrogen policy before both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    Coalition Portfolio

    • Alongside with Executive Director or President of the coalitions, develop and support Congressional advocacy efforts, including development of legislative strategy
    • Conduct analysis and draft summaries of relevant legislation
    • Draft advocacy materials for coalitions
    • Develop and maintain relationships with Congressional staff on Committees of jurisdiction and lead certain coalition meetings with Congressional staff
    • Lead work on federal appropriations and authorizing legislation, including drafting and submitting appropriations requests, assist with drafting of testimony, analyze and report on Presidential Budget Request, House and Senate appropriations legislation, and enacted appropriations bills
    • Coalition Management
      • Represent coalition in speaking engagements at public meetings, legislative conferences, etc.
      • Lead organization and management of coalition events with coalition staff. Events include:
        • Congressional briefings with other groups
        • Annual Capitol Hill Day “fly in” with member companies
        • Annual Program Workshop and other periodic meetings
        • Coalition membership meetings, webinars and briefings

    Additional Firm Roles and Support

    • Serve as primary point of contact for clients on issues related to clean hydrogen, CCS, and energy transition, and assist with strategy for those clients
    • Draft summaries of Congressional and federal agency activities of interest
    • Arrange meetings for clients with federal policymakers as well as prepare clients and materials for meetings
    • Undertake research and policy analysis projects as requested by clients

    Skills:

    The Senior Director, Governmental Issues will interface directly with clients and policymakers. The candidate will have strong analytical and organizational skills and exemplary written and oral communication skills. The successful candidate also must possess proven client management skills and work well as part of a team.

    Education and Experience Required:

    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.

    Click here to apply.

    Director - Governmental Issues - Washington, DC

    We are 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)
    • 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.

    Click here to apply.

    PHMSA Attorney

    Van Ness Feldman’s nationally recognized Pipeline & LNG Practice Group seeks to hire a mid to senior-level attorney (5-8+ years out of law school) to join the firm’s growing Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) practice. The preferred location for this position is the Washington D.C. office, but other locations may be considered.

    Qualifications:

    • Experience on PHMSA or state pipeline safety matters is highly desired.
    • The ideal candidate possesses an aptitude for regulatory work and is looking for a professional growth opportunity.
    • Candidates must have strong legal research and writing skills and be capable of working both independently and collaboratively with an existing, collegial team of attorneys.

    Our employees receive a competitive benefits package including health, dental, 401(k), and profit sharing plan. EOE.

    Click here to apply. 

    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.  

    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 

  • STAFF

    Benefits/HRIS Specialist - Washington, DC

    The DC office is seeking a Benefits/HRIS Specialist to support the firm’s benefits operations from the systems perspective and handle bi-weekly and monthly payroll. This role will administer all benefits activities in ADP Workforce Now and will work 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 will consult with employees on benefits related matters as needed.

    Duties include, but are not limited to:

    • Administering all HR and benefits information in ADP Workforce Now.  Also, ensuring accuracy of data with benefits carriers.  Updating benefit reconciliation spreadsheets.
    • Setting up new work states in ADP and verifying tax information is accurate.
    • Processing the bi-weekly and monthly payroll.  Reviewing W-2 information.  Director of Human Resources is back-up for the payroll.
    • Reviewing and entering 401(k) deferrals and loan information in ADP Workforce Now.
    • Reconciling benefits bills.
    • Working with Human Resources Manager during open enrollment. Ensuring the accuracy of the Open Enrollment data.
    • Working with Human Resources Manager on the annual ACA filing and the distribution of 1095Cs.
    • Conducting new hire and benefits orientation with new employees, utilizing the ADP onboarding system.
    • Acts as point of contact for claim issues.
    • Coordinating wellness events with Human Resources Manager and Wellness Committee.
    • Completing employment verifications.
    • Completing workers’ compensation audit each year.
    • Updating benefits information on ADP Workforce Now and the Intranet.  Also, updating the summary of benefits.
    • Completing the EEO report annually.
    • Completing HRIS and payroll reports.
    • Assisting with retirement plan audit.
    • Staying up to date on benefits and payroll laws.
    • Performing other duties as assigned and plays an active role in the successful operation of the Human Resources Department.

    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) and payroll. ADP Workforce Now experience highly preferred. Service industry experience preferred.

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

    Please provide your resume by clicking here.

    Junior Systems Administrator - Washington, DC

    We are seeking a Junior Systems Administrator that supports implementation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of IT systems. The system administrator will be responsible for supporting IT systems including day-to-day operations, monitoring, and problem resolution for all Systems.

    The individual will have strong written, oral, and telephone communication skills. Also, the individual will have excellent troubleshooting skills.

    The Junior Systems Administrator has a strong aptitude for technical understanding. Also, the Junior Systems Administrator can interact well with various departments, and internal and external customer groups, to perform necessary telecommunications work. The firm is in the business of providing legal services to clients and thus the Junior Systems Administrator 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 Junior Systems Administrator will have various responsibilities under this program so it’s extremely important to always exercise caution and promote security awareness and best practices.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    "Essential functions" are those job duties that a Junior System Administrator must be able to perform unassisted or with some reasonable accommodation by the firm.

    • Basic knowledge of IT Networking and telecommunications.
    • Demonstrates timely and effective response to customer and team member needs.
    • Works on enterprise systems and equipment.
    • Analyzes multiple alarm systems and trouble reports.
    • Performs remote maintenance of enterprise equipment.

    Education and Experience Required

    • 2+ years of experience as a junior systems administrator
    • 5+ years with Legal / Professional Services
    • 2+ years familiarity with ISO 27001 framework / standard
    • Experience supporting Windows Servers is required.
    • Technical Training and certification in the areas responsible is desirable
    • Mid-Level Experience and knowledge of Microsoft Active Directory
    • Experience Administering Microsoft 365 Applications (Office, Teams, SharePoint).
    • Advance level use of O365 production tools such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
    • Hands on experience administering Exchange Online
    • Knowledge of basic network principles and functions (e.g., DNS, DHCP, TCP/IP, etc.)
    • Knowledge of Microsoft folder, file, and sharing security
    • Experience installing and configuring Windows Server operating systems
    • Experience administering and maintaining user accounts within a Microsoft Active Directory
    • Experience troubleshooting Windows Server issues and network connectivity issues and Windows applications and application deployments
    • Experience with Microsoft Endpoint Management
    • Experience with Virtual Infrastructure (VMWare, vCenter, vSphere))
    • Experience with Mobile Device Management to include laptops, desktops, and mobile devices (iPhone, Androids, etc.)
    • Windows Defender ATP skills
    • Experience with Disaster Recovery Solutions (Backup/Recovery) Solutions
    • Experience with Dell EMC Backup Solutions and SAN technologies
    • Experience With Remote Access Technologies (RDP, Citrix, VPN)
    • Familiarization with Desktop Imaging Technologies (SpecOps, SCCM, etc.)
    • Experience maintaining Barracuda Load Balancers and Barracuda Email Protection
    • Document Management System (preferably iManage / Work10)
    • General knowledge of Aderant Sierra financial system, Records Management Systems, Litigation Systems, Docket Systems, and Contact Systems (preferably InterAction)

    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 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 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 8, 2022. 

    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 31

    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.