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Law firm celebrates groundbreaking for Detroit office
A local law firm is celebrating the groundbreaking for a new $70-million building that will house its office in downtown Detroit.
Grand Rapids-based Warner Norcross + Judd marked the occasion last week with attorneys and staff, along with representatives from Ilitch Holdings, Olympia Development of Michigan and Detroit Medical Center, an anchor tenant, according to the firm.
The 127,000-square-foot office building will be located in The District Detroit area surrounding Little Caesars Arena, at 2715 Woodward Ave.
The construction project on the site of a current surface parking lot is expected to be completed in the fall of 2020.
Warner will relocate about 55 attorneys and staff at its Southfield office into a 30,000-square-foot space as the third floor's sole tenant.
"Warner is excited to be making this investment in the city of Detroit," said Douglas Dozeman, managing partner, Warner Norcross + Judd. "The new office, centrally located in The District Detroit, demonstrates our commitment to the city and will help us to more efficiently serve our clients and provide additional growth opportunities."
The space will feature more than 70 offices and conference rooms and a lounge overlooking Woodward Avenue.
"In what is fast becoming a more virtual world, we wanted an office that would attract both clients and new recruits," said Linda Paullin-Hebden, executive partner of Warner’s Southfield office. "Our new office will become a destination. When our local clients come downtown to attend an event, we can welcome them into our space, perhaps just to relax or to find a quiet place to finish their work.
“For our clients visiting the city, we want them to be close to all that Detroit has to offer. And for our clients who are already located in the downtown area, we're now just a QLine stop away. The District Detroit checked all the boxes."
It also has offices in Holland, Muskegon, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Midland and Clinton Township.
Warner Norcross + Judd has 230 attorneys who serve more than 7,000 clients in the U.S. and around the world.