NYLJ: Haynes and Boone New York Moving to 30 Rockefeller Center

07/22/2010

After moving from one subleased office to another since coming to New York six years ago, the Texas firm of Haynes and Boone will put down more permanent Big Apple roots in much roomier quarters.

The firm has signed a 15-year lease for 74,600 square feet, the entire 25th and 26th floors at the 70-story 30 Rockefeller Center. That will more than double the 35,000 square feet it occupies in the McGraw-Hill Building at 1221 Avenue of the Americas.

Haynes and Boone partner Kenneth J. Friedman represented his firm. Davis & Gilbert partner Donald E. Sonneborn represented Tishman Speyer, the landlord.

The firm, which has grown to 50 lawyers from one, probably will occupy about 1 1/3 floors at the iconic 30 Rock when it moves in January and February. It temporarily will sublease 10,000-12,000 square feet but expects to fill both floors within five years. By then, it anticipates having 100 lawyers.

"We have done well and expect to continue doing well," Kenneth J. Bezozo, Haynes and Boone's New York managing partner, said in an interview. Among the office's practice areas are finance, litigation, tax, real estate and bankruptcy.

Mr. Bezozo said that the firm was "completely out of space" at its current offices. Moreover, the sublease with Sonnenscheinn Nath & Rosenthal, its third such deal since 2004, is due to expire in March.

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