Workplace: Attorney Offices

The following post demonstrates that the next generation of attorney offices defies the traditional marble and mahogany law firm of the 80’s and 90’s.  With more progressive attitudes, law firms are looking for designers to conceive spaces that are bright, open, and environmentally sustainable while continuing to balance the need to be buttoned up and professional yet still hip enough to recruit and retain the top attorneys.



Reception Areas

Gunderson Dettmer designed by HOK


Clifford Chance UK designed by Gensler


DLA Piper Reception Area by Gensler


Seyfarth Shaw Reception Area designed by Gensler


Chicago Law Firm Reception Area designed by SOM


Two story reception area of Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto designed by Mancini Duffy



Secretary and Support Areas


Custom Secretary Stations by Datesweiser



DLA Piper – Chicago
Designed by my good friend Ami Kahalekulu when she worked for Lieber.
Secretary Station and Private Office by Studio Tractor for Thompson Wigdor & Gilly
Break Roooms and Community Space
Kitchen at Katten Muchin Rosenman designed by Gensler




Collaborative space for Nilan Johnson Lewis by Cuningham Group in Minneapolis.


Lounge Space for DLA Piper in Tampa designed by Gensler


Gould & Ratner Lounge designed by SOM



Durie Tangrie designed by Envelope Architecture + Design



Conference Rooms


Nixon Peabody in San Francisco designed by Gensler was the first law firm to receive LEED certification.



Goodwin Proctor designed by Gensler


Conference Room by Studio Tractor for Thompson Wigdor & Gilly


Reception and Conference Area for Goodwin Proctor in LA designed by Perkins & Will


Conference Room with a dramatic black walls contrasting with a white credenza and natural wood conference table – designed for Gunderson Dettmer in Redwood California by HOK




Board Room at DLA Piper Amsterdam by  Hoffman Dujardin Architects



StudiosArchitecture designed this simple and non-hierarchical conference room for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliff in SF



Private Offices

Attorney Private Office at only 88 square feet

Reno & Cavanaugh by Fox

And of course, we can’t forget the bathrooms…

Studio Tractor – Bathrooms for Thompson Wigdor & Gilly


Glass top vanity for a Chicago Law Firm by SOM


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