The Chicago branch of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP has moved into its new office at 222 W. Adams Street, on the top floor of Tishman Speyer’s Franklin Center. Since opening in March of 2014, Dinsmore has grown its attorney roster in Chicago; the new space, custom-designed to fit the firm’s full-service offerings, is 150 percent larger than its previous home at the adjacent 227 W. Monroe Street.
“We’re excited about our move,” said office managing partner, Bobby Lucas. “The increased size and efficient design will provide us with room for the additional growth we anticipate in Chicago, while also allowing us to host events, meetings and CLEs. Just as important, the flex space of our new offices will enhance our employee experience.”
Lucas launched Dinsmore’s Chicago office five-and-a-half years ago via a merger with Peck Shaffer & Williams. The initial team of five attorneys doubled six months later, facilitating the firm’s first move within Chicago to its Monroe Street location. But the firm outgrew that space by 2017, when it added an intellectual property group representing a global retailer, necessitating expansion to the annex offices on the same floor. That was simply a stopgap, however, until Dinsmore could arrive in its new space this week, fully equipped to handle the Midwest leader’s exponential growth.
In the half-decade since opening shop in Chicago, Dinsmore has built a full-service operation, mirroring the firm’s national offerings. To date, Dinsmore has accomplished this breadth of service and expansion largely through one-off and two-off laterals and the additions of summer associates. But with space to fill and options for further square footage within the building, the firm is actively seeking to acquire firms and/or attorney groups of larger sizes to join Dinsmore.