Back in February 1999, Christopher Dolan’s lease was running out. The dot-com boom was going strong; a square foot was going for no less than $55; and open office space was hard to come by. With two days to go on his lease, Dolan took to the streets, pounding the pavement in the rain to find a vacancy.

When the San Francisco plaintiff lawyer came upon a vacant office at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Sansome Street, he signed a lease on the spot.

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