Warner Norcross + Judd LLP today announced it has completed buildout of its new Detroit office, which is designed to enhance collaboration and improve the overall experience for clients, attorneys and staff.
The firm is following Michigan COVID-19 office safety regulations with plans to move up to 60 attorneys and team members into the building at 2715 Woodward Ave. in the coming months as restrictions are lifted.
"Although this is our first Detroit address, Warner has been active in Southeast Michigan for nearly 25 years," said Linda Paullin-Hebden, executive partner of the Detroit office. "Our new Detroit office is the culmination of this history and the catapult to our future, serving clients with premier legal services in an engaging, welcoming environment."
Olympia Development built and developed 2715 Woodward as part of its District Detroit project, which is transforming a 50-block area into a world-class business, sports and entertainment district. The building sits between Little Caesars Arena and the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University.
"I speak for the entire firm today to say how excited we are to demonstrate our commitment to Detroit and its ongoing resurgence," Paullin-Hebden said. "We talked with our partners and clients who agreed it was important for Warner to be part of Detroit's core business district. At the same time, we wanted a location that would be accessible and create opportunities for fun events and informal gatherings. District Detroit checked all the boxes."
Warner's Detroit office highlights:
Warner is the sole tenant of the building's third floor with 30,000 square feet of Class A space. A lounge overlooks Woodward Ave, Little Caesars Arena and the Detroit skyline
A kitchen and cafe area that comfortably seats up to 40 people and creates additional open work and collaborative space.
Client and visiting attorney workstations.
A media center that will offer the foremost connectivity for both interactive work and client entertainment.
Conference rooms of varying sizes offering state-of-the-art collaborative technology to simplify video conferencing, webinars and conference calls.
The Vault, which is a modern law library tucked inside perforated panels to allow light to filter in while sheltering those inside the sanctuary. The Vault will enable attorneys to get away from their desks for focused work.
Enhanced security throughout with improved building access control.
Technology designed to enhance digital files and record-keeping.
"In addition to providing professional, quiet offices for concentrated legal work, our design plan also put a premium on interactive areas to encourage collaboration and client interaction in a variety of settings," said Katherine L. Pullen, a partner at Warner and member of the office design team. "We want our clients to feel welcome in the Warner office beyond our business meetings. With the lounge and cafe areas, clients can stop in as part of their evening in Detroit, before a cultural, sports event, dinner on the town or just when they need a comfortable place to plug in and get some of their own work done.
"At the same time, we wanted a space that would accommodate all generations, from team members in their 20s to attorneys and staff in their 70s. Our new location is in the heart of the action and just steps away from Detroit's premier business and entertainment options."
Warner attorneys moving to Detroit come from across the firm's 14 industry groups and 27 specialized practice groups, including its large Automotive Industry Group, which works exclusively with suppliers in the supply chain space. Warner's Southfield office will be relocated to a new location in Oakland County, making Warner the only large Michigan law firm with office locations in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
With 230 attorneys statewide, Warner is the second largest law firm headquartered in Michigan. The firm represents more than 7,000 companies, organizations and individuals based in or doing business in Michigan, including Fortune 500 companies, second-stage growth businesses, entrepreneurial startups, nonprofits, individuals and families.
Oliver Hatcher acted as general contractor for Warner's office buildout. HED (Harley Ellis Devereaux) Architects provided interior design and engineering services. Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors acted as Warner's commercial leasing adviser. Office furniture was provided by Haworth, one of the largest manufacturers of adaptable work spaces through its distributors, Interphase Interiors and Airea.
By providing discerning and proactive legal advice, Warner Norcross + Judd builds a better partnership with its clients. Warner is a corporate law firm with 230 attorneys practicing in nine offices throughout Michigan: Grand Rapids, Detroit, Midland, Macomb County, Muskegon, Kalamazoo, Holland, Lansing and Bloomfield Hills. To learn more, visit www.wnj.com, follow us on Twitter @WNJLLP or connect on Facebook or LinkedIn.
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