Innovation in law office layout

Interesting article about tradition and innovation in the layout of law offices. The traditional model is based upon strict hierarchy, with secretaries in open pods, paralegals in cubicles, associates in offices by windows, partners in bigger offices, and senior partners in corner locations with the best views. But other layouts are emerging as law firms experiment to reflect new organisational structures and new ways of working. Seyfarth Shaw’s new Atlanta office provides the same sized office spaces for associates and partners alike. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s new offices in the CBS headquarters in New York City sees some associates working in interior offices – spaces that traditionally housed files and support professionals. Glass is used throughout to bring light and open lines of sight across the spaces. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius’ Washington, D.C., office uses the prime space on a top floor not for partners’ offices, but for a dining center with an outdoor terrace available to everyone.

Innovation in law office layout Mon, Jun 14, 2010