The polls remain open in our Lawyerly Lairs contest to find the Best Law Offices in America. If you haven’t done so already, you can review the eight finalists and cast your vote here.

The Georgia boutique of Bouhan, Williams & Levy took an early lead, thanks to their amazing offices in a restored Southern mansion. Right now, though, 1-800-LAW-FIRM is in first place. How many law firms have “walking tracks” and exercise rooms?

Due to the overwhelming response to our call for submissions, we were unable to include all of the great spaces that you shared with us. Today we’d like to recognize our “Honorable Mentions” — four firms that narrowly missed the final cut….

(By the way, if you appreciate architecture and interior design, check out the Lawyerly Lairs Pinterest page. We’ve collected photos of all the finalists, as well as pictures from recent Lairs.)

Once again aided by our excellent intern, Mary Kate Sullivan, I’ve identified four honorable mentions. Here they are, in alphabetical order.

1. Charfoos & Christensen, P.C.: A lawyer’s office is his castle, at least for attorneys at this Michigan personal injury and medical malpractice firm. Here’s the heartfelt nomination blurb (from someone not at the firm):

This is Detroit. The Hecker-Smiley mansion on Woodward Avenue. Thank you, Charfoos & Christensen, for running your law firm from this gem and reminding us that we are beautiful too. Put Detroit on a list that ranks something other than frequency of violent crimes.

Here are two photographs of the magnificent exterior, which is in the French Renaissance Chateau style (click to enlarge):

You can read more about the building’s history at the website of Charfoos & Christensen, which has had its offices in the mansion since 1991. You can check out photos of the interior here.

For purposes of the contest, we put the Hecker-Smiley House in the same “historic mansion” category as Armstrong House, the offices of Bouhan, Williams & Levy. We went with Armstrong House mainly because it was somewhat better-executed. But if you’re ever in Detroit, the Charfoos & Christensen offices definitely merit a drive-by (of the good kind).

Our next honorable mention is no less worthy, but very, very different….


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