Thursday, September 20, 2007
The Mirror, Cracked
"There's always a certain amount of noise and confusion around me," says Joe Klock in a front page DBR story today about his new firm, Epstein Becker, subleasing the old SHD 43rd floor (including the lavish moot courtroom) from Squire Sanders. The story recounts how Klock negotiated for the space from his former partners now at Squire Sanders, and how Epstein Becker is aggressively seeking to add attorneys to the Miami office, including "two partners-to-be-named-later and a handful of associates to its 14 Miami-based attorneys."
So, let's see. The 14 lawyers have 10,000 square feet on the 21st floor. Klock, by subleasing the 43rd floor, has now more than doubled the firm's footprint in the pricey old Southeast Bank building. Yet they are planning to add only two partners and a handful of associates?
Can the very stable, modest and sedate employment lawyer Mike Casey rein in Klock's profligate tendencies? Or are we seeing a return to the freewheeling, free-spending ways that have always characterized Klock's management style?