Byrd F. Biff Marshall, Jr.
Byrd F. Biff Marshall, Jr. (J. Albert Diaz)

GrayRobinson will jump the river when it moves its Miami office to the Wells Fargo Center, where it signed a 15-year lease for 35,358 square feet on the 31st and 32nd floors.

The Orlando-based firm plans to move downtown from its current location at 1221 Brickell Ave. next January.

“We explored a lot of options—we looked at all ends of Brickell and one or two other buildings downtown, but Wells had the space we could build out the way we wanted,” said Byrd “Biff” Marshall Jr., president and managing director of GrayRobinson. “This gives us options to grow, which we plan to do.”

Marshall said the firm also was impressed with the amenities offered at the Wells Fargo Center, including the attached JW Marriott Marquis Miami hotel, fitness center and the DB Bistro Moderne gourmet restaurant.

GrayRobinson, which opened its Miami office six years ago, now has 50 attorneys there and is rapidly growing.

Peter Quinter, a Miami shareholder, said he’s excited about the move.

“It’s a beautiful, centrally located office,” he said. “I prefer it because I get off the I-95 exit, and it’s easier to get in and out of the building. It’s close to the American Airlines Arena and Bayside, and sometimes I stay at the Intercontinental Hotel nearby.”

Taylor Mathis principal Brian Gale and leasing director Ryan Holtzman negotiated the lease on behalf of MetLife, owner of the Wells Fargo Center. Barbara Liberatore Black, a managing principal at Cresa South Florida, represented GrayRobinson in the deal.

“It was an important deal for the building,” Gale said. “Number one, it’s a Brickell tenant moving to downtown, which is great for downtown, where all these new restaurants have opened. It just shows that the Miami River isn’t such a barrier any more. Nowadays people are going back and forth from Brickell to the downtown.”

Other law firm tenants at the 47-story office tower, which opened in 2010, include Greenberg Traurig, McDermott Will & Emery and Littler Mendelson.

The Wells Fargo Center is in talks with other law firms, Gale said. The building is 57 percent leased and expects to be 75 percent leased by the end of the year.

GrayRobinson has more than 270 attorneys in 11 Florida offices.