Home

Holland & Knight Goes Modern with Design of D.C. Office
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

Rich Gold, the lead lobbyist for the law firm of Holland & Knight, presented his plan to the firm’s senior partners for how the new office in Washington, D.C. should be designed. The plan from Gold asked for large corner offices to be removed in favor of uniform cubicles so there is no notice of seniority. The plan was to put together a work place that is more egalitarian, according to the Washington Post.

“In a lot of people’s heads, that [design] works for Google, but not a law firm,” Gold said. “It was like, ‘Don’t make me do that.’”

  
What
Where


After he issued his plan to partners, there was a period of 18 months where discussions were ongoing about the design. During that period, 200 employees in the office were interviewed so the firm could figure out what they were looking for in the new office.

The new office blends modern hotels and airports into a law firm setting. The offices are only 10-by-12-foot cubes that have floor-to-ceiling glass. No matter how long you have been with the firm, everyone has the same size office. All of the secretaries at the firm sit in U and C-shaped clusters in the center of the office so they can be seen and heard by all. At most firms, the secretaries are situated outside the office of the lawyer for whom they work.

There are even communal sections in the firm that have themes. The cantina was designed based on the Mos Eisley Cantina from “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.” It has a Wii and a foosball table. In the near future, the cantina will have a treadmill with a laptop built into it. The conference room at the office is known as the ‘Bat Cave.’ The walls in the ‘Bat Cave’ are whiteboards that can be written on and then erased.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




To design the office, Gold worked with David Chason, formerly of Gensler.

“This is their most unique location,” Chason said. “In particular, that 10th floor we have not done anywhere else yet. It was somewhat of a prototype … we sat down with Rich and his group to understand their business goals, how they wanted to reinvent themselves or present themselves to Washington.”



“We’ve integrated our space to the way our practice is going,” Gold said. “Space is a building block. We’re trying to be where lobbying and advocacy ought to be going. The difference is how many contact points do you have a day with your colleagues? How often do you talk to your co-workers? We have 10 times more contact in a more open space than a traditional space. It’s that collision of atoms that produces creativity … How do you design space to produce that outcome?”



 

Interesting Legal Sites You May Like


BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Litigation Associate Attorney

USA-SC-Columbia

Columbia office is seeking a commercial litigation attorney with 2-4 years of experience.

Apply Now

Attorney with 3-7 years of commercial/complex litigation experience

USA-CA-Cerritos

Cerritos office of our client seeks attorney with 3-7 years of commercial and complex litigation exp...

Apply Now

Insurance Coverage Associate Attorney

USA-IL-Chicago

Chicago office of our client seeks associate attorney with insurance coverage experience. The candid...

Apply Now

Patent Agent with 1 year of electrical engineering experience

USA-CA-San Francisco

San Francisco office of our client seeks entry level patent agent with 1 year of experience. The can...

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Corporate / Commercial Attorney | Lebanon, NH

USA-NH-Lebanon

Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC seeks an experienced corporate / commercial attorney to join its Lebanon o...

Apply now

Executive Assistant / Office Administrator

USA-TX-Rosenberg

If you have administrative support experience in the legal industry, or even paralegal expertise,...

Apply now

Associate - Mid-Level - GL Group

USA-NY-Valhalla

Defense firm seeking mid-level associate for Westchester office to fill General Liability position. ...

Apply now

Mortgage Compliance Analyst

USA-MN-Minnetonka

Job Description: Rubicon Mortgage Advisors LLC, a locally-owned, boutique mortgage lender is seeki...

Apply now

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top