Haynes and Boone office at 30 Rockefeller Plaza
Haynes and Boone office at 30 Rockefeller Plaza (Rick Kopstein)

Dallas-based Haynes and Boone has expanded its office at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, or 30 Rock.

Meanwhile, Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady will be increasing its size by moving to 600 Fifth Ave. from 75 Rockefeller Center.

Encompassing six square blocks, Rockefeller Center stands between Fifth Ave. and Avenue of the Americas and 48th to 51st streets, including 600 Fifth Ave.

Haynes and Boone moved to 30 Rock in 2011 and is the third largest tenant of the iconic tower. Under a 15-year lease, the firm exercised an option to expand and added 38,193 square feet, peaking at nearly 113,000 square feet. The new contiguous full-space on the 24th floor was formerly occupied by Lazard. The law firm’s existing space covers the entire 25th and 26th floors.

The expansion is a “milestone in the firm’s ambitious quest to become a recognized player in the New York market,” said Kenneth Bezozo, New York City managing partner. Haynes and Boone is “primarily focused on growth outside Texas,” and the needs of our clients are “now entwined with the New York capital markets.”

The firm was internally represented by partner Noah Shapiro and of counsel Russ Rabinovich.

Glenn Motelson, a partner at Davis & Gilbert, represented Speyer Tishman, the landlord of 30 Rock.

The rate is reportedly in the high $70s per square foot. Tishman Speyer did not comment on the leases. A multi-million-dollar renovation of 30 Rock included a new lobby, windows and heating and ventilation unit.

Bezozo said the Haynes and Boone subleased 7,500 square feet on Park Avenue for its Manhattan office in 2004. It used a cardboard, hand-lettered placard for signage by Bezozo’s then 16-year -old daughter. The firm later moved to 1211 Avenue of the Americas, subleasing 35,000 square feet.

Bezozo said the New York office will continue to build its efforts in capital markets, bankruptcy, real estate, finance, business litigation and white-collar criminal defense.

To date, more than 80 attorneys are based in New York City but the firm projects an increase to more than 100 lawyers by the end of 2016.

The firm’s first and largest office in Dallas has more than 225 attorneys. Haynes and Boone has been in existence since 1967 and now has more than 500 attorneys in 13 offices across 30 major practice areas, according to its website.

Baker Botts also moved to 30 Rock last year (NYLJ, Sept. 11, 2013).

In another law firm expansion at Rockefeller Center, Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady has signed a 10-year lease for 16,163 square feet, an entire 10th floor, at 600 Fifth Ave. between 48th and 49th streets.

The Manhattan-based litigation firm will be increasing the size of its office by more than 4,000 square feet. It plans to leave its 12,000-square-foot space at 75 Rockefeller Plaza by August.

The firm has been at 75 Rockefeller Plaza, controlled by RXR Realty, for the past eight years.

“The move was necessitated by the fact that building is being renovated,” said the law firm’s founding partner Andrew Celli.

“We wanted to be in one of the historic Rockefeller Center buildings” and to lease a full floor, Celli said. “It was important for the firm to remain in Rockefeller Center and 600 Fifth Ave. met the criteria.”

The firm is literally moving from one end of the center to the other.

Glenn Romano, a partner at Romano and Kuan, represented Emery Celli.

Davis & Gilbert partner Glenn Motelson also represented Tishman on the Emery Celli lease.

Emery Celli is renovating the space “to meet our needs,” said Celli. The end result will be a “cool and comfortable space for everyone that will serve clients to a better degree.” The firm expects to move by August.

Emery Celli was established about two decades ago and has always been based in midtown Manhattan. As a traditional liti- gation firm, it is active in an array of civil rights, commercial and criminal defense practices that are expanding, Celli said. Its expertise includes First Amendment, employment and housing discrimination, election law, sexual harassment and assault and class action litigation.

Tishman Speyer has a property portfolio in excess of $66.8 billion in total asset across the United States, Europe, Latin America, India and China, according to its website.

On behalf of Tishman Speyer, Blythe Kinsler, managing director, and Samantha Augarten, senior director handled the lease for Haynes and Boone. In addition, Kinsler and Joshua McGuire, associate handled the lease for Emery Celli.

CBRE’s Ken Rapp, vice chairman, brokerage, David Kleinhandler, senior vice president, global corporate services, and Andrew Sussman, senior vice president, consulting group, handled the lease for Haynes and Boone.

In addition to Paul Revson, an executive managing director at Studley, Zev Holzman, corporate managing director, and Chase Gordon, corporate real estate advisor, managed the lease for Emery Celli.