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Law firm moves into downtown space

July 2, 2014
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Law firm moves into downtown space
The law firm Rhoades McKee is based in downtown Grand Rapids, at River Front Plaza. Courtesy Rhoades McKee

A law firm with a long history downtown has moved into its newly designed space across town.

Rhoades McKee, founded in 1960, recently vacated its Grand Rapids space in the Waters Building for a modern upgrade in the River Front Plaza building, at 55 Campau Ave. NW.

The firm occupies the second and third floors of River Front Plaza and is leasing approximately 40,000 square feet, with an opportunity for continued expansion.

Rhoades McKee is comprised of more than 50 attorneys and 42 support staff.

Design

The space is "designed with our clients in mind" and offers the latest in interior design and technology, as well as open and collaborative work areas to "reinforce the coordinated efforts" of more than 25 practices, said Paul A. McCarthy, president, Rhoades McKee.

“The modern design parallels the energy and enthusiasm of the firm and better reflects the excellence of our team of professionals,” McCarthy said.

The space provides clients and firm members with plenty of natural light and views of the Grand River and Blue Bridge.

The office is outfitted with furniture from Steelcase and Herman Miller.

The firm also purchased credenzas custom built by Guild Nines in Grand Rapids, which is founded by alums of Kendall College of Art and Design.

“We wanted to recognize West Michigan’s rich history in furniture design and manufacturing and utilize local talent and enterprises wherever possible,” explained James L Schipper, attorney, Rhoades McKee. “Our firm believes that using the professionals and services available in our neighborhood contributes to a thriving community.”

Rhoades McKee reception area
The reception area at the law firm Rhoades McKee. Courtesy Rhoades McKee
Rhoades McKee grand conference room
The grand conference room looking over the Grand River at the law firm Rhoades McKee. Courtesy Rhoades McKee

New-look logo

Coinciding with its move, Rhoades McKee is transitioning to a new and more contemporary logo, which it said echoes the firm’s location on the Grand River in the heart of downtown.

The firm said its name and logo have been installed on the east side of River Front Plaza, “making the firm’s new location — and the firm’s continued commitment to West Michigan — prominent.” 

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