Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has moved its New York office to 51 West 52nd Street, the same building that houses CBS headquarters and which is also known as Black Rock. The innovative design of the space reflects Orrick’s progressive culture, integrating technological, environmental and social advantages that enable the firm to better and more efficiently serve its clients.
Non-traditional features for law firms are incorporated throughout the office. Numerous public spaces, transparent glass office fronts and an open floor plan, with low-height components for greater visibility and interaction among staff, contribute to a sense of community. To better connect with other offices and clients, Orrick invested in state-of-the-art telepresence conferencing equipment.
As it turns out, the Orrick offices have a Telepresence Room — not to be confused with the Cryogenic Room, where Ralph Baxter plans to live forever.
So, what do the new Orrick offices look like?
They’re fabulous (see photos on the subsequent pages — click on each image to enlarge). The reception area looks like it should belong in a hip restaurant, and those red-orange chairs look super-comfy (although a tad seventies-ish; where’s the lava lamp?).
We spent several years in the CBS Building, during our time at Wachtell Lipton, so we know it all too well. Based on these pictures, Orrick has done a much better job with its space than Wachtell. Perhaps it’s time for WLRK, which had a highly profitable 2009, to put some money behind an office makeover?
In any event, congratulations to Orrick on its beautiful new space — and kudos to the firm for going green, too. The New York office was designed to reduce environmental impact, and Orrick will be seeking LEED green building certification for it.
P.S. Speaking of going green, Orrick had a strong 2009 — profits per partner came in at $1.36 million, up 3.4 percent from 2008. So congrats to Orrick on its 2009 results as well.