Edwards Wildman’s James Armstrong IV ()
Edwards Wildman Palmer has moved its 20-lawyer Washington office from Washington’s West End to downtown, the firm announced Monday.
The move took place July 28, and the new address is 1875 Eye St. N.W., the International Square complex.
“With the recent expansion of our public policy team and growing demand for our team’s expertise in the technology, finance and antitrust sectors, our new location will enhance our presence on multiple levels,” office partner-in-charge James Armstrong IV said in a statement.
The move comes at a time when a number of Washington law offices are preparing to swap spaces, including Covington & Burling, the city’s largest firm, and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, which also plans to shift away from the law firm-sparse West End neighborhood to a more central location.
Edwards Wildman’s new location places it among the legal services cluster at K Street and Farragut Square, including law firm Dickstein Shapiro, a major tenant in the same building.
The location is also “more efficient,” Armstrong said Monday: It reduces the square footage, gives up antiquated space for file rooms and makes office sizes more equitable between partners and associates.
The firm could expand into other available spaces in the International Square building if needed, Armstrong said. That growth may come in antitrust, telecommunications and other fields, he said.
It also could build off of a recent reorganization for public policy work, he said. In May, Edwards Wildman had formed a subsidiary for its lobbying work, adding four professionals in Boston who also spend time in Washington.
Edwards Wildman edged onto the Am Law 100 this year with $311.5 million in gross revenue, a 9 percent drop compared to the previous year. While the revenue number reflected 2013 receivables, the firm faced more financial challenges this April when it cut about 50 jobs, including 10 lawyers.
Those cuts did not affect the Washington office, Armstrong said.
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