Ulmer & Berne LLP will relocate its downtown Columbus office to 65 E. State Street in the Capitol Square Office Building, effective April 28, 2014. The firm, which also has offices in Chicago, Cincinnati, and Cleveland, has been located at 88 E. Broad Street since 1989.
Ulmer & Berne is a full-service law firm with more than 180 business attorneys and litigators. Attorneys based in the firm’s Columbus office practice all aspects of business litigation as well as environmental and energy law. “We are really looking forward to a fresh, new, and team-oriented workplace design,” said Kip Reader, the firm’s managing partner. “The new office is well-positioned for future growth of our Columbus presence.”
The design of Ulmer & Berne’s new Columbus space is a complete departure from its current, traditional law firm look for one that emphasizes natural light and a contemporary feel. With interior design direction from Continental Office Environments, led by executive vice president of design, Nick Magoto, the new 10,000 square-foot office suite combines striking glass corridor walls with a non-traditional blend of fabrics and colors. A custom-designed and equipped “Think Tank” provides a high-tech, collaborative conference space for the firm’s attorneys. The space features state-of-the-art embedded video conferencing technology and an open air café with dynamic seating.
“We were ready to leave behind the dark wood and somber tones of law firms past, and I think we’ve done just that with this beautiful new space,” said Alexander Andrews, partner-in-charge of Ulmer & Berne’s Columbus office. “This move would not have happened without the patience and efforts of Wayne Harer, executive vice president of Continental Realty/Cushman & Wakefield Alliance.”
Ulmer & Berne has an existing relationship with Capitol Square owner Hertz which also owns and manages the building occupied by the firm’s 33,264 square-foot Cincinnati office. “Our Cincinnati colleagues gave Hertz very high marks,” said Mr. Andrews.