Your Office Space Says a Lot - Are You Listening?

Published in Legal Management, May/June 2007

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Legal administrators play critical roles in assessing office spaces as defining elements of their firms' business strategies and cost structures.

Regardless of a law firm's size, office space is an increasingly large expenditure – likely in the top three expense categories for any firm. In these days of home offices, telecommuting, and virtual offices, some futuristic thinkers declare that where lawyers practice is irrelevant, so long as clients can call or e-mail them.

In an abstract sense, that may be true. But, just as electronic files are unlikely to totally replace books and paper, the physical setting where lawyers interact with clients and colleagues will remain essential to defining almost all practices, especially larger ones.

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