Blank Rome plans to relocate its downtown Houston office to a full floor in the 717 Texas building in a move that will allow it to more than double its attorney count.
The national law firm has signed a long-term lease for 27,144 square feet on the 14th floor. It will move from about 21,000 square feet in nearby Bank of America Center at 700 Louisiana in February.
Blank Rome bolstered its maritime and energy practices with the addition of eight attorneys from Bell, Ryniker & Letourneau last year. The new offices will initially house about 35 employees, including 20 attorneys.
"They needed more space," said Kevin Hodges, a broker at tenant representation firm Savills Studley who represented Blank Rome in the lease.
The new office will be able to accommodate 45 attorneys plus additional staff, Hodges said.
Michael Anderson of Colvill Office Properties represented the landlord, Block 59 Limited Partnership, a venture of Hines and another entity. The building is 100 percent leased, according to Hines.
Architecture firm Kirksey is designing the new space with help from Ed Bowerman of Savills Studley.
Over the last decade or so, law firms have reduced their space requirements for storage, law libraries and support staff as files have become digitized and attorneys handle more their own administrative tasks. As leases come due, they're making big changes.
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