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This story, in slightly different form, originally appeared in the New York Law Journal.

NEW YORK CITY-Dickstein Shapiro has moved to slimmed-down and redesigned new offices in the Paramount Plaza at 1633 Broadway, leasing 108,000 square feet for the next 15 years. The firm had been at 1177 Ave. of the Americas since 1996, when it launched its Manhattan outpost with only seven attorneys on one floor. By the middle of this year, the firm had 115,000 square feet spread over eight disjointed floors.

Dickstein Shapiro moved its entire New York work force–100 attorneys and 115 staff members–to the 31st and 32nd floors at Paramount Plaza, which are connected by a central staircase. Chairman Michael E. Nannes says the new offices duplicate the design the firm uses in Washington, DC, because it “promotes consistency and integration” among practices.

“Some people felt isolated in the previous building, so we did some sprinkling of the practice areas,” Mr. Nannes says. “It facilitates cross-practice collaboration. Our corporate, bankruptcy and litigation practices will see each other more in the space and it will boost morale.”

Dickstein Shapiro was represented internally by partner Howard Jatlow and counsel Mary Ann Knoeckel. The landlord, Paramount Group, was represented internally by Bernard Marasco. CB Richard Ellis vice chairman Lewis Miller served as the broker for the tenant.

The law firm opted for slightly smaller attorneys’ offices and less common space in its new quarters, says managing partner Robin Cohen. “The focus was to make the attorneys’ space standardized and to upgrade common areas for clients, like the conference rooms. That’s a trend in the marketplace,” Cohen says.

She says that despite the shedding of some space overall, efficient floor plans and smaller attorney offices will enable the firm to hire more employees without having to expand its space prematurely.

Cohen says the firm had not anticipated its growth in New York, and has learned a better way to plan for expansion. “I think the message for us and all law firms is you should be looking strategically for your space needs three to five years in advance,” she says. “If you do that it focuses you on an important issue–growth–and allows you to take advantage of opportunities that present themselves. I think 10 years down the road we’ll do that, not just here but in the other offices too.”

The 48-story building at Paramount Plaza contains two million square feet, and additional tenants include Showtime Networks.

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