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AUSTIN-A Dallas-based law firm has settled on One American Center as its home in Austin. Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP has leased 7,837 sf on the 30th floor of the 32-story building situated at Sixth Street and Congress Avenue in the CBD.

“One American Center’s downtown location and prestige made it the optimum location for our entrance into the Austin business community,” Steve Good, the law firm’s managing partner, said in a statement.

Chicago-based Equity Office Properties Trust owns and manages the building, which has 506,000 rentable sf. Equity Office acquired the building in 1995. Equity Office’s Mark Miller represented the company in direct negotiations with Gardere. Its 7,857-sf lease is in the north–and tallest–tower of the three-tiered building, which is about 84% occupied.

Austin’s office market would be a lot quieter if not for the activity of law firms. Vinson & Elkins left One American Center earlier this year for space at Terrace VII in the southwest submarket. More recently, Fulbright & Jaworski renewed its lease at the building. The first two tenants at 300 West Sixth in the CBD were law firms and law firms also have signed to move into Cousins Properties’ Fourth and Congress building, now under construction.

Equity Properties’ other Austin buildings are One Congress Plaza, totaling 517,000 sf, and the 400,000-sf San Jacinto Center.

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