Law Firm Relocates to 1251 Avenue of the Americas


1251 Avenue of the Americas.
1251 Avenue of the Americas.

Davis Wright Tremaine, a national business and litigation law firm, is relocating its New York City offices nearby its current digs on the 27th floor at 1633 Broadway.

The firm is taking 42,000 square feet for the entire 21st floor at Japan-based Mitsui Fudosan’s 1251 Avenue of the Americas between 49th and 50th Streets, The Real Deal reported. Its current office is between 50th and 51st Streets.

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Asking rents in the 54-story, 2.3-million-square-foot tower, once considered the headquarters of Exxon, range from the low $100s per square foot at the top of the skyscraper to $85 per square foot on lower floors, according to David Falk of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, the building’s broker. With the law firm lease, the building still has five floors available for rent. The upper floor plates are 100 yards long and are column-free.

Savills-Studley’s David Goldstein and Gabe Marans represented Davis Wright, and Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s David Falk and Peter Shimkin represented Mitsui Fudosan in the deal.

The largest tenants in the building are DLA Piper, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Mizuho Corporate Bank, according to a spokeswoman for NGKF. One tenant, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, is considering a move to 303,112 square feet at the neighboring McGraw Hill building at 1221 Avenue of the Americas, according to the New York Post.

Davis Wright Tremaine’s 52,000-square-foot space at 1633 Broadway has already hit the sublease market, according to leasing website View the Space, The Real Deal noted.