SAN FRANCISCO – There
are more lawyers in the Bay Area who have opted for a shared workplace
environment than in the local top law firms.
Workplaces, who provides shared office space, there were more than 500 lawyers
using its facilities. That was
fewer than in the firms of Wilson Sonsini, Fenwick & West or Morrison &
Forester, who were named by the San Francisco Business Times as the largest Bay
Area law firms.
Latini, who uses the services of Pacific Workplaces, said the environment was
very much like that of a larger law office.
experience and the feel is really no different. In fact, I have always found it
a little refreshing in the sense that you do have folks other than lawyers on
the same floor or maybe next door in the different office buildings,” he told
the Northern California Record.
The idea behind Pacific Workplaces' operations is a workplace that costs
little due to its pay-per-use basis and also offers a collaborative office
environment. This allows attorneys access to conference rooms, day offices,
live phone answering, call screening, call transferring as well as on-site
staff that can help with tasks.
The managing partner for the company said there was a big need for
shared office faculty for attorneys in the area.
“The number of
lawyer-preneurs that establish their own practice – many right out of law
school – seems to be on the rise. We have made the support of solo attorneys and
their specific needs a key focus of attention,” Keith Warner was quoted in a
Yet, Latini said it
wasn’t just lawyers who were finding the shared office experience an attractive
“It is not
always just lawyer discussion, but you kind of see and feel and hear how other
businesses run and the issues that they have to deal with,” he said.
that it has been a good fit for his work.
the workspace concept provides a fantastic flexibility to lawyers and any
business who do not want to enter into a long-term, three years and up lease
agreement. It allows them to be flexible and change with the times,” he said.
that while it was possible to have a bothersome neighbor in that sort of
environment, it was not usually the case.
from my experience that the folks that run it are very good about being sure
that everyone is a good neighbor and that if it does get to be a point where it
is distracting they will talk to that tenant,” he said.
they have removed tenants if they didn’t seem like they could work congenial in
an environment like that and they do in fact make it too distracting, but my
experience is that is the exception rather than the rule.”
company started in 2003 in order to adjust for a more mobile and fluid-working