Law firms have been one of the mainstays in traditional office space; however, that trend may be shifting. Law firm leasing expert Jonathan J. Larsen at Avison Young, has seen more law firms considering small and more efficient workspaces.

“I am seeing one broad trend among the majority of law firms—they are seeking smaller, more efficient and flexible office spaces,” Larsen, a principal, managing director and member of the US executive committee at Avison Young, tells “This trend is driven by a number of things including economic pressure, tech-related industry disruptors, and the desire to remain nimble and poised to respond to change.”

While law firms are embracing more modern workspaces, they aren’t totally changing their footprint. For example, law firms will never adopt the open-office model. “While one-size office sounds efficient and financially smart, few law firms will use it, because, for example, a senior partner with a big book of business want a larger office that reflects her or his status within the firm and career aspirations,” says Larsen.

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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