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Despite tough times, expansive lobbies thrive

from Bloomberg BNA

For a reminder of how fast design trends can change, look no further than the July 1990 edition of the ABA Journal. Several pages are dedicated to honoring the winners of the journal's then-annual law office design competition. Twenty-five years later, almost everything has changed. Instead of a dark warren of mahogany tables and wall sconces, lawyers want an open suite of rooms washed in daylight. But one thing has survived: the expansive lobby or reception area. In an era when law firms are cutting costs on all fronts — by reducing staffing ratios, de-equitizing partners, using alternative fee arrangement, and reduced rates — how and why have law firms held onto the expansive lobby in some of the most expensive real estate zones in the country? more


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