High demand for attorneys is part of the reason South Florida law firms haven’t called their lawyers back to the office full-time, and that demand might explain another phenomenon: continuing to pay for half-full offices.

There are likely a few reasons for that: Many firms don’t have leases expiring or the ability to negotiate with a landlord in the near future, social distancing has decreased the density of attorneys and staff, and firms may be planning to return to full-time in-office work in coming months and years.