Rendering of Akin Gump's new offices in Washington, D.C.
Rendering of Akin Gump’s new offices in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy of Akin Gump)

There’s a new name on K Street.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, the law firm with the largest lobby shop in Washington, D.C., is moving from 1333 New Hampshire Ave. in Dupont Circle to the north building of 2001 K St., the firm said Tuesday. It’s also rechristening the building, which will be called the “Robert S. Strauss Tower,” after the firm’s late, legendary name partner.

K Street has long been synonymous with the lobbying industry. Several smaller lobbying group have a K Street address, as do many law firms.

McGuireWoods, Clifford Chance and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison already have offices in the complex where Akin Gump is moving — though none of them has as many D.C.-based lawyers as Akin Gump. The firm employs about 230 lawyers in the office and almost 500 workers in total, making it one of the 15 largest firms in the city.

Starting in 2019, Akin Gump will lease 185,000 square feet on the building’s top four floors. Rents in the complex, a two-building development called Alexander Court, typically cost about $70 per square foot, according to research by real estate brokerage firm JLL.

Tony Pierce, Akin Gump’s partner in charge of the D.C. office, declined to comment on the cost. The new lease will run for 17 years, the firm said.The Akin Gump floors will be a new addition on top of an existing eight-story building. The Strauss Tower’s main entrances will be on L Street and 20th Street, but the firm will have a direct egress to K Street as well.

Akin Gump’s current building, which it has occupied for 39 years, offers the firm 212,000 square feet, or about eight floors. Years ago, Akin Gump subleased some of its original 240,000 square feet, then gave back to the building owner a few floors of its offices. Steptoe & Johnson LLP, which is across the street, has used the old Akin Gump space to accommodate lawyers while it renovated its own offices.

Akin Gump’s continued desire to shrink its footprint mimics a trend among law firms across the country.

“We’re looking to reduce our footprint because we just do business differently than we did 30 years ago,” Pierce said. “I think if I had to gamble, I’d say all our [individual attorneys'] offices are going to be smaller.”

Akin Gump’s current building also bears Strauss’ name. The firm’s lease in Dupont Circle is set to expire in 2020. Pierce said Akin Gump looked at staying where it was and also considered new office options “all over the city.”

Keeping the Strauss Tower name was a priority.

Strauss, a former Democratic Party chairman, U.S. trade representative and ambassador to the Soviet Union and Russia, died three years ago but has long influenced Akin Gump’s presence in Washington, as both a legal services provider and a political player.

“It was a very important consideration for us,” Pierce said about having Strauss’ name on the building. “He was one of the greatest lawyers that ever lived.”

Akin Gump has had the largest lobbying group in the city since 2013, according to financial disclosures made to Congress.

“This move ensures that we will remain a fixture in our nation’s capital for many years to come,” firm chair Kim Koopersmith said in a statement.

There’s a new name on K Street.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld , the law firm with the largest lobby shop in Washington, D.C., is moving from 1333 New Hampshire Ave. in Dupont Circle to the north building of 2001 K St., the firm said Tuesday. It’s also rechristening the building, which will be called the “Robert S. Strauss Tower,” after the firm’s late, legendary name partner.

K Street has long been synonymous with the lobbying industry. Several smaller lobbying group have a K Street address, as do many law firms.

McGuireWoods, Clifford Chance and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison already have offices in the complex where Akin Gump is moving — though none of them has as many D.C.-based lawyers as Akin Gump . The firm employs about 230 lawyers in the office and almost 500 workers in total, making it one of the 15 largest firms in the city.

Starting in 2019, Akin Gump will lease 185,000 square feet on the building’s top four floors. Rents in the complex, a two-building development called Alexander Court, typically cost about $70 per square foot, according to research by real estate brokerage firm JLL.

Tony Pierce, Akin Gump ‘s partner in charge of the D.C. office, declined to comment on the cost. The new lease will run for 17 years, the firm said.The Akin Gump floors will be a new addition on top of an existing eight-story building. The Strauss Tower’s main entrances will be on L Street and 20th Street, but the firm will have a direct egress to K Street as well.

Akin Gump ‘s current building, which it has occupied for 39 years, offers the firm 212,000 square feet, or about eight floors. Years ago, Akin Gump subleased some of its original 240,000 square feet, then gave back to the building owner a few floors of its offices. Steptoe & Johnson LLP , which is across the street, has used the old Akin Gump space to accommodate lawyers while it renovated its own offices.

Akin Gump ‘s continued desire to shrink its footprint mimics a trend among law firms across the country.

“We’re looking to reduce our footprint because we just do business differently than we did 30 years ago,” Pierce said. “I think if I had to gamble, I’d say all our [individual attorneys'] offices are going to be smaller.”

Akin Gump ‘s current building also bears Strauss’ name. The firm’s lease in Dupont Circle is set to expire in 2020. Pierce said Akin Gump looked at staying where it was and also considered new office options “all over the city.”

Keeping the Strauss Tower name was a priority.

Strauss, a former Democratic Party chairman, U.S. trade representative and ambassador to the Soviet Union and Russia, died three years ago but has long influenced Akin Gump ‘s presence in Washington, as both a legal services provider and a political player.

“It was a very important consideration for us,” Pierce said about having Strauss’ name on the building. “He was one of the greatest lawyers that ever lived.”

Akin Gump has had the largest lobbying group in the city since 2013, according to financial disclosures made to Congress.

“This move ensures that we will remain a fixture in our nation’s capital for many years to come,” firm chair Kim Koopersmith said in a statement.