Kirkland & Ellis is pleased to announce that it will move its Chicago office, which has 1,700 employees, to the new office tower being constructed at 333 Wolf Point. Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects designed the 60-story, 1.2 million square-foot building.
“We are excited to make the move to what will be another iconic building in Chicago,” said Jon A. Ballis, Chairman of Kirkland’s Executive Committee. “Wolf Point’s beautifully designed building with compelling views of the Chicago River, attractive riverfront campus and state-of-the-art amenities will welcome both current and future generations of our Firm.”
“We will miss 300 North LaSalle as it has been a terrific home with first-class management,” Mr. Ballis continued, “but if we were to stay we would need to completely renovate our practice floors to create more collaborative workspaces and therefore the resulting multi-year construction disruption to our personnel made moving the clear choice for us.”
The new office tower is being developed by Hines. The building’s anchor tenant is Salesforce, the leading customer relationship management (CRM) software company. This is the final building in the three tower Hines Wolf Point development, with the first two developed as residential space.
Newmark Group Vice Chairman Bob Chodos and Savills Inc. Vice Chairman Joe Learner served as the lead brokers for Kirkland, representing the Firm in the site selection and lease negotiations.
“Kirkland’s decision to move was part of a comprehensive, multi-site selection process and is yet another example of Kirkland’s commitment to the City of Chicago,” Mr. Chodos said.
The largest law firm in Chicago, Kirkland has a long history of involvement with the city’s prominent business, legal, civic and educational institutions, and devotes significant resources to impactful pro bono legal work in the community. Lawyers in the Chicago office serve local, national and international clients in close collaboration with lawyers throughout Kirkland’s offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia.