Kaufman & Canoles could be the perfect business law firm for you. You will find success - and great satisfaction - if your vision for your own career matches up with our core values: forward-thinking, hard-working, progressive, entrepreneurial and a can-do spirit. An energizing and professional work environment, Kaufman & Canoles offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package that includes:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Profit Sharing/401(k)
  • Generous Leave Benefits
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Tuition Reimbursement

Kaufman & Canoles is an equal opportunity employer. Click here to view our EEO policy. To find out more about current opportunities and submitting your resume, select from the following:


Benefits Paralegal

Our attorneys have earned a reputation for providing outstanding legal services to clients in various practice areas. We are well established in the legal community and have an excellent reputation with the judiciary as well as other attorneys. We keep abreast of changes in the law; we are readily accessible; and we render service in a timely manner. In short, we hold ourselves to the highest standards, and we are zealous, compassionate advocates for our clients.

The Norfolk office of Kaufman & Canoles is seeking a Benefits Paralegal. Exceptional verbal and written communication skills and the ability to exercise a high degree of confidentiality and discretion are required.   Under the supervision and direction of attorneys, performs a variety of paraprofessional duties.  Gathers information from a range of sources.  Maintains detailed and accurate daily billable hour records.  Manages individual case files, prepares various legal documents, and regularly interacts with clients and attorneys.


  1. Prepare excel spreadsheets to reflect financial outcomes for Feasibility reports and transactions.
  2. Draft and amend individually designed and pre-approved benefit plans (including 401(k) plans, ESOPS, defined benefit plans, cafeteria, and welfare plans), and summary plan descriptions, forms, QDROs and other ancillary plan documents for qualified plans. 
  3. Prepare and manage submissions to the IRS and DOL filings.
  4. Prepare spreadsheets for various aspects of retirement plan set up, projections, and feasibility.
  5. Prepare and review due diligence plan documents in connection with mergers, acquisitions, stock sales and asset sales of subsidiaries or divisions. 
  6. Prepare board resolutions and unanimous written consents.  
  7. Assemble transaction documents for various purchases and plan set-ups.
  8. Prepare annual Form 5500 filings for defined contribution and welfare benefit plan sponsors and assist plan sponsors in the correction of missed or incomplete filings.
  9. Maintain detailed and accurate daily billable hour records.  [Full time Billable Paralegals are generally expected to bill 1550 hours per year to client matters]. 
  10. Prepare closing binders following commercial transactions.
  11. Organize reports, correspondence and memoranda of law and other documents.
  12. Interact with clients in person, over the telephone and via email.


  1. Minimum of four or more years’ experience or equivalent work and educational experience. Employee benefits experience preferred.
  2. B.A. in Paralegal Studies or Paralegal Certificate is beneficial but not mandatory.  
  3. Ability to perform legal research using reference materials generally available within a law library and/or electronic resource tools.
  4. A strong proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office software, particularly in Excel, and specialty-related software such as FIS Relius, Tvalue5, and a typing level of 50 WPM.
  5. Capability to deal effectively with clients, attorneys and co-workers. 
  6. Ability to manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and organize and prioritize workload.
  7. Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  8. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  9. Self-motivated, able to perform job duties independently and discreet.

We offer competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefit package.  Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, 401(k)/profit sharing, paid time off, and long term and short term disability.

To apply for position, please submit resume to

Benefits Paralegal 





Although we are not actively recruiting for attorney positions, we always welcome resumes from qualified professionals.



Law students

Summer Associates

Summer associates gain a truly realistic view of what an associate's life at our firm is all about. You'll have assignments from several areas of our practice and you'll have the opportunity to work with a variety of attorneys. You will attend courtroom proceedings, client conferences, closings, depositions and firm-sponsored seminars. We will also match you with lawyer mentors to enrich your professional development.

Quality of life is important to us, and being located in the heart of a resort destination will give you countless opportunities to see, learn and enjoy. The area offers boating, Triple-A baseball, concerts, theater, excellent museums and a world of outdoor activities, all in full swing during our summer program.

Summer associates experience all facets of life here, hard work included, so decisions about your future and full-time employment can be made with eyes wide open. If our past summer associates' experiences are any indication, you will love our philosophy of hard work and great rewards.

For information regarding diversity at Kaufman & Canoles, please click here.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact our Recruiting Coordinator, Sharon L. Withers at




Our Commitment to Diversity

Commitment to diversity is a core value at Kaufman & Canoles, and it is our mission to maintain equality throughout all aspects of our business.  Not only does it make us a stronger, better service provider for our clients, it is simply the right thing to do. That’s why we have established a Diversity Committee to:

  • Develop policies to recruit, hire and retain more attorneys of diverse backgrounds;
  • Promote the firm’s image as a leader in the profession and in our communities committed to inclusiveness in employment; and
  • Emphasize the importance of diversity and inclusion in the firm’s recruiting, retention, mentoring, leadership development, training and community outreach.

In an effort to improve our recruiting of talented diverse attorneys, we focus on early identification of minority candidates who demonstrate an aptitude for and interest in the legal profession, sponsor events in our community that raise awareness and funds for minority organizations, attend diversity seminars, host minority recruiting events to introduce students to the firm, and serve on non-profit boards that promote diversity within our community.

Please click here to learn more about our commitment to diversity.