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NO KNOWN ADDRESS - Here’s a deep thought for you way too early on a Thursday morning: what does it truly mean for a law firm to have a “presence” in a particular market? As Law.com’s Dan Packel reports, one thing it definitely doesn’t have to mean anymore is having a physical address. Quinn Emanuel, for example, announced Monday that it was moving into Miami with 10 partners, but it’s still scoping out space. The litigation powerhouse has also yet to formally announce real estate for its growing presence in Austin, home to three recently added partners, and Atlanta, home to one new partner. Paul Weiss, meanwhile, has been growing steadily in Northern California since it revealed its arrival there in July 2020, but has yet to unveil an office in the region. And Fox Rothschild has hired new labor and employment partners in Kansas City and Boston, both new markets for the firm, with the ultimate goal of opening offices to follow, but for now does not appear to be in a rush. “Our view is that we’ve got close to 1,000 lawyers working effectively on a remote basis. We thought we could enter into these markets on a remote basis, and when we get enough critical mass, open a physical location in both those cities,” said chairman Mark Silow in an interview.