Monday, March 23, 2015

Baker & McKenzie in the market for new Dallas office

Trammell Crow Center (downtown Dallas)
A law firm that has an office in Trammell Crow Center is looking at its real estate options in downtown and Uptown Dallas.

Law firm Baker McKenzie is looking at relocating its office within downtown or toUptown Dallas, with hopes of making a decision by the end of the year.

"We are definitely looking at new space and through an RFP process are looking at various buildings in the city," Michael Santa Maria, the firm's managing partner, told the Dallas Business Journal.

"We love Trammell Crow Center, it's been a great place, but we are looking at a lot of different options," he added.

The firm has hired JLL's Carl Ewert and Calvin Hull for its real estate search and recently sent out request for proposals throughout Dallas for 50,000 square feet of office space.

Last year, Santa Maria was elected managing partner of the Chicago-based law firm and he has wanted to grow the firm since he's taken over the North Texas management. He specifically wants to grow the firm's corporate securities, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property, he said.

Baker McKenzie is looking at all its options, but Downtown Dallas Inc. CEO John Crawford said he's not surprised the firm is focused on space in the city's urban core.

"Where they land, we're not sure, but part of our game plan is to keep what we have here in the urban core," he told me.

Other law firms, such as Winstead, Sidley Austin and Gardere, recently have made decisions to locate their offices in Uptown. And that's still inside the city's urban core, Crawford said.

Candace Carlisle, Dallas Business Journal