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A law firm’s offices have always been more than a workplace, with firms using prestigious addresses, tony art collections and sweeping views to send an unmistakable message to clients and recruits: Trust your problems, or your career, to us.

Those days will return, hopefully, sooner rather than later. For now, the trappings of physical office space—aside from technological infrastructure—don’t mean a whole lot. No one is there. No one is coming to visit. But the firms are still paying for it.

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Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith, based in New York, covers the business of law, including the ways law firms compete for clients and talent, cannabis law and marketing innovation. Reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter at @nycpatrickd

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