Reed Smith is packing it up at Embarcadero Center and moving across Market to Thelen’s old office space. The firm will rent 100,000 square feet on five floors at 101 Second Street, on the corner of Mission.
Signing bonus: Its new digs will be called the “Reed Smith building.”
The space can accommodate 152 lawyers, who will move in in August. The firm plans to expand to the 23rd floor by 2012, which will accommodate another 40 lawyers.
All lawyers from Reed Smith’s current San Francisco office will relocate to the building and some lawyers from its Oakland office will also move.
Reed Smith took on several prominent Thelen lawyers when the firm collapsed last fall, 25 in all, including a nine-lawyer labor and employment group lead by partner Linda Husar, and a 13-lawyer energy group led by partner Ellen Bastier. Looks like they’ll have to pack up their new offices and move right back where they came from.
The landlord of the building, Hines, settled a dispute with Thelen sometime in February, when an eviction process filed by the landlord in late November was dismissed. Hm … fortuitous timing for all three parties, isn’t it?
Hines is also Reed Smith’s landlord in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Va.
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