Redesign Law

Gensler’s Legal Office of the Future

Why Redesign Law?

The practice of law is undergoing a fundamental transformation in the way legal work is acquired and done. Change is a fact of life, and the velocity of change is driving the creation of faster, more agile law firms. In the future, legal work will be done differently, with different team members, and under different organizational structures.

Work will be better managed, more collaborative, more transparent and more client-focused. The design of the law office in the future will need to address these rapidly changing influences which are fundamentally re-engineering how work is done. The law office of the future will be smaller, flexible, more collaborative, and technology enabled. It will look more like a business consulting firm than a law firm.

Over the course of 10 or 20 years, a legal office will undergo countless changes. The real key is building flexibility into a workplace from the start – today – so that the legal workplace can easily adapt to, and support, the needs and workstyles of the firm in the future.

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Gensler is an integrated architecture, design, planning and consulting firm with a variety of projects ranging in scope from a wine label to urban design for a new city. We provide architecture, brand design, consulting, interior design, landscape, planning & urban design, product design and sustainability services.

Great design changes the way people experience space and place. At Gensler we believe that workplace design can be one of the most highly effective tools to help improve the productivity of employees.

A well-designed workplace creates ways for people to work more efficiently and effectively. It also communicates the culture and values of an organization, helping to improve employee commitment.

In an industry undergoing massive changes, such as the legal industry, firms must be fast, fluid and flexible. Law firm design should respond accordingly, enabling new ways of working while supporting both the individual and the team with information-rich and technology-enabled environments.


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The Law Firm of The Future: A Client Perspective

Emerging technologies, shifting staff roles, and a new generation of lawyers are all influencing the way law firms operate and use space. Find out how Paul Sicari, Richard Pollak, and Paul Clark—three legal-industry leaders—envision the law firm of the future’s response to those influences.

The Efficient Law Firm

In an effort to rein in costs and streamline operations, law firms are looking to create efficiencies wherever possible—especially when it comes to how they use real estate. Watch Paul Sicari, Richard Pollak, and Paul Clark—three influential legal-industry veterans—discuss ways law firms can use space more effectively.

Transitions: How a Top 100 Law Firm Eased into a New Home

The move to a new environment should be an exciting time for a law firm. But if it’s not managed properly, it can turn into a rocky event. See how Richard Pollak, Managing Partner at Troutman Sanders LLP, avoided common pitfalls and made his firm’s transition to a new home a smooth process.

Canadian Law Firm Goes Universal

Law firms are using standard size offices to promote collegiality, teamwork and to emphasize equality over status. Listen to Gus Karantzoulis and Nora Delmas of Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) discuss the move to universal offices and the expectations of the next generation.


ALA IDEA Award Goes to Gensler’s Law Firm of the Future

Gensler’s ReDesign Law pop up booth at the 2014 ALA convention garnered fresh praise for bringing ‘formerly only talked about law office design concepts to fruition’ and giving ALA conference attendees a tangible glimpse of the law office of the future. The ALA gave a 2015 IDEA award to Gensler for the firm’s 5,000 sq foot booth designed with law office vignettes demonstrating various prototypes for the law office of the future. The vignettes were based entirely on two years of workplace research undertaken by Gensler. See the ALA video here:  Gensler’s wins ALA IDEA award


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To Stay or To Go: That is the Question (for Big Law)

Doug Zucker weighs in on recent law office design trends, including firms like Hogan Lovells who are choosing to renovate in place instead of moving and adopting a universal office size for all attorneys. As our friends at Hogan Lovells note, the concept of once office size for all wasn’t popular at first but has gained wide acceptance with the addition of new amenities in their workplace. Have a read of the full article and let us know what you think!


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Gensler is extremely excited for the opportunity to start a conversation about the future of law at the ALA’s 2014 Annual Conference and Exposition. We’ve partnered with the ALA to create a 5,000 SF exhibit focusing on the changes within the practice of law and the steps firms are taking to respond to these changes.
The Legal Office of the Future exhibition will begin by posing questions to visitors about both the changes in the legal industry and its future.
Through two short films, we’ll begin suggesting responses to these questions with responses falling into six key categories. By partnering with best-in-class technology and furniture companies, the exhibition will envision and bring to life the law firm of the future. Attendees may walk through a variety of actual work settings and technologies that demonstrate design responses to change within the legal industry.

ALA convention 2014


We would like to sincerely thank our partners for their contributions to the Law Office of the Future exhibit. Without their ongoing dedication to the future of the workplace through design, this initiative would not have been possible.
From the entire Gensler team, we thank you. Please click the logos below for in depth content.
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