National law firm relocating into historic Phoenix building

Posted By Mike Padgett

Nov. 7, 2008

A nationwide law firm’s Phoenix office plans a February 2009 move into the top floor of the historic Luhrs Building at 11 W. Jefferson St. in downtown Phoenix.

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is leasing the 9,700-square-foot space, which includes a mezzanine level.

“We will get the best of both worlds, with the history and character of the building along with the ability to build in the cutting-edge technology and support systems we bring to complex litigation,” says Rob Carey, managing partner of the Arizona office.

The Luhrs Building also is on the new light rail route, scheduled to open in late December.

The consumer class-action firm has represented more than a dozen states in the tobacco lawsuits and pharmaceutical over-pricing cases. It has other offices in Seattle, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.

The firm’s plans for its new Phoenix offices include a high-tech courtroom and teleconference- and whiteboard-capable video deposition room.

The 10-story Luhrs Building, constructed in 1924, and the rest of the city block, including the Luhrs Tower at the southeast corner of Jefferson and First Avenue, were purchased in 2007 by Hansji Urban of Irvine, Calif. Hansji Urban plans to revitalize the block into a block called Luhrs City Center.

The first phase of that work is the $6 million renovation of the Luhrs Building, which has 79,750 square feet. Workers are restoring the historic building’s exteriors and windows as well as modernizing the electrical system, elevators, air-handling equipment, and fire and safety systems, says Dharmesh Patel of Hansji Urban.

Jerry Jacobs and Larry Downey of Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona Inc. are the exclusive leasing agents for the Luhrs Building and other properties within the Luhrs complex.

Nov 7th, 2008

Comments are closed.