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DEAR LANDLORD – While the legal industry debates whether law firms even need offices, the fact remains that most still have them and they still cost plenty of money, regardless of whether they’ve sat vacant for the past few months. But is there any relief law firm leaders can seek from their landlords at an unprecedented time like this? Altman Weil principal Tom Clay tells ALM’s David Thomas it would be “managerial malpractice” not to look for a break. But as a recent lawsuit against Jenner & Block by the owner of its 416,200-square-foot Chicago office space illustrates, those conversations don’t always go so smoothly.

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