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Milbank’s new office at 55 Hudson Yards has a “collaborative and community feel,” said partner and executive director David Wolfson, with sunlight-flooded offices and floor-to-ceiling windows with skyline views.
Moving out of downtown, Milbank moved into the new digs on Tuesday, the same day the firm legally changed its name. The firm has signed a 16-year lease for 250,000 square feet. Boies Schiller Flexner has already moved into the building, while Cooley has said it will move in by late March.
Milbank, which leases the 30 to 39th floors, built a staircase connecting each floor, Wolfson said, creating “the ability for everyone to essentially intermingle.” Other features include a restaurant and a food service ordering app, a coffee bar, two terraces and a health center in the building run by Mount Sinai with digital scheduling assistance.
Keeping with the industry trend of reduced office sizes, offices for partners and associates are smaller than their former rooms downtown, Wolfson said, but “no one feels like they have less space” due to the high ceilings and light furniture.
Milbank chairman Scott Edelman said the firm’s new space is a marked contrast from the “heavy wooden walls” of the former office. “We are really focused on attracting the very best talent at the associate ranks,” he said, adding the office’s features are directed to make sure “the associate experience is as positive as we can make it so that we can get and keep the very best people.”
– Christine Simmons