Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Law firm Baker McKenzie eyes downtown office move

Baker McKenzie is looking at the new 1900 Pearl tower under construction in the downtown Dallas Arts District.Steve Brown
Baker McKenzie is looking at the new 1900 Pearl tower under construction in the downtown Dallas Arts District. 

Steve Brown
Another one of downtown Dallas' law firms is shopping for new office space and pondering a move.
Baker McKenzie has spent more than a year looking at potential office locations in Uptown and downtown.
The Chicago-based law firm has about 70,000 square feet of space in the Trammell Crow Center skyscraper on Ross Avenue.
Baker McKenzie is shopping office space in the new 1900 Pearl tower which is under construction at the corner of Klyde Warren Park, property brokers say.
The 25-story tower sits next door to the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas' Arts District.
Opening in the second half of next year, 1900 Pearl is being built by developer Lincoln Property Co.
Baker McKenzie officials aren't talking yet about their interest in the new downtown high-rise. "We will have no comment at this time," a spokesperson for the firm said in an email.
Commercial real estate firm JLL has been representing the attorney firm in its hunt for office space.
Baker McKenize is just the latest downtown attorney firm that's itching for new office digs.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is negotiating with the developers of the 2-tower Union project in Uptown to relocate its offices to the new complex.
The legacy Dallas legal firm is currently located in the 1700 Pacific tower on the northeast side of downtown.
Downtown law firm Vinson & Elkins is also moving to the $200 million Union project when it opens in 2018.
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP just relocated its offices to the new McKinney & Olive tower on McKinney Avenue. Sidley Austin LLP is also moving to McKinney & Olive, too.
Steve Brown/Dallas Morning News