Wednesday, March 22, 2017

It's confirmed: Law firm moves headquarters to Dallas' Union project

International law firm Akin Gump has confirmed its corporate office move to three floors within The Union Dallas, a mixed-use development under construction near Uptown Dallas.

The announcement on Tuesday gives confirmation to real estate sources saying Akin Gump was moving to The Union. In all, the law firm will lease about 68,000 square feet of office space.
"By making this move, we are gaining a great new space in which to serve and receive our clients that emphasizes efficiency, convenience and collaboration," said Ken Menges, partner-in-charge of the firm's Dallas office, in a statement.

Arizona-based RED Development got underway on the project last year. The mixed-use development is slated to include a 22-story Class AA office tower, a 23-story apartment building with retail and restaurant space, an outdoor central plaza and a 60,000-square-foot Tom Thumb grocery store.

Akin Gump makes to make its move to The Union Dallas upon completion of the project in the next two years. About 170 employees will make the move as part of the relocation, which includes about 100 lawyers and advisers.

With Akin Gump, The Union Dallas' office space is more than 60 percent leased. The office tower is shaping up to be the most prestigious business address in the city, said Mike Ebert, managing partner at RED Development.

Dallas-based HKS Inc. is the project designer of the blue-hued office tower.
The Union Dallas will also include restaurants, such as The Henry and North Italia, as well as another law firm — Vinson & Elkins — and independent accounting firm Weaver.

The mixed-use development is slated for delivery next year, which will mark of a four-year journey for RED Development, who announced The Union in May 2014.

Candace Carlisle/Dallas Business Journal.