WASHINGTON, DC—White & Case has renewed itslease at One Metro Center for148,613-square feet. The law firm will reconfigureits operations in the 421,235-square foot building's top two floorsfor greater operational efficiencies. CBRE arranged the lease onbehalf of the building owner Jamestown LP.

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The deal closed well in advance of White & Case's leaseexpiration in part because of the eagerness of the landlord toclose the deal as the building is coming up on its first leaserollover since its delivery in 2003, CBRE's RandyHarrell tells GlobeSt.com.

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Harrell along with Kevin Howard, Joe Coleman,and Melissa Byrd of CBRE negotiated the renewal.White & Case, LLP was represented by TomDoughty and Greg McCavera ofJLL.

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Increasingly law firms are willing to 'configure in place'instead of moving to new buildings as their leases expire, Harrellsays—in large part because landlords have come to realize thatthese firms are willing to up and move to a better location ifnecessary.

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"Those landlords that have been successful in keeping tenantshave been readily agreeable to making upgrades to existinginfrastructure in order to compete with newer product," hesays.

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That was the back story to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' reupping the 268,000-squarefeet it occupies at 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. last month.The lease renewal included agreements by landlord InvescoReal Estate to make improvements to the building's systemsas well as other upgrades and modernizations. CBRE's Harrell andHoward represented Invesco in the negotiations of the long-termlease.

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Of course there are always firms that will move on to betterspace or a better deal. Such an example was provided, also inSeptember, by Venable, which announced it will occupy 245,000 squarefeet at 600 Massachusetts Ave., NW, anewly-constructed office tower by Gould Property Co. and OxfordProperties.

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