Business of Law
Law Firm Trades Walls & Doors for Roof Deck, Coffee Bar, Comfy Sofas & Flat-Screen TVs
Posted May 13, 2010 12:15 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
A 20-lawyer Chicago-based firm has traded its traditional offices for new space that eliminates many of the doors and walls that formerly divided many attorneys and staff.
But those who work at Childress Duffy Goldblatt are reportedly singing the praises of their new 13,000-square-foot offices at 500 N. Dearborn, which include a rooftop deck with wireless access, a coffee bar, comfortable sofas and flat-screen televisions.
The setup allows individuals to work and hold meetings outside on the deck, if they wish, as well as to have lunch there. A movie night is also planned, partner Michael Childress tells the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
Associate Christina Phillips says she doesn't miss having her own office. Meanwhile, she spent nearly four hours outside on the roof deck on her laptop one recent Friday morning and hardly felt like she was working.
Partners share offices, and conference rooms are still available for private meetings. A massage table is set up in a small room, and a masseuse stops at the office on Tuesdays, Childress says. "She just grabs you if you look like you need a massage."