BALTIMORE-Law firm Gebhardt & Smith has signed a 10-year lease to occupy approximately 21,000 sf in the Alex Brown Building. The firm’s new space at the 490,000-sf structure at 1 South St. will be comparable to that of its current home at the 300,000-sf World Trade Center at the Inner Harbor.

Matthew J. Haas of Manekin LLC and colleagues Kevin Haus and Owen Rouse assisted Gebhardt & Smith in its search for new space, while Kevin Wille of CB Richard Ellis represented property owner ABB South Street Associates LLC. Additional terms of the lease agreement have not been made available.

“They were looking for a building with a good floor plate and a panoramic view of the city and this building afforded them both,” Haas tells GlobeSt.com. The firm’s relocation was spurred by the impending end of the firm’s lease this year and an issue that began three years ago; Gebhardt & Smith had filed a lawsuit, which was recently settled, asserting that the property owner and manager did not honor their responsibility to protect the building from 2003′s Hurricane Isabel.

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