Law Firm Warner Norcross + Judd to Open Detroit Office Next to Little Caesars Arena

October 2018

R.J. King

Olympia Development of Michigan today announced that the law firm of Warner Norcross + Judd has signed a lease for nearly 30,000 square feet of space in an upcoming office, medical, and retail building that will be constructed along Woodward Avenue between Little Caesars Arena and the new Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University.

Warner Norcross will occupy the entire third level of the five-story, Class A office building, which is expected to open in fall 2020. The workplace will house about 55 attorneys and staff, and will feature conference rooms, collaborative work spaces, dedicated parking, and a lounge overlooking Woodward. 

The firm will be joined in the 127,000-square-foot building (2715 Woodward) by the Detroit Medical Center, which in June announced it will lease part of the building to operate a state-of-the-art Sports Medicine Institute. The building, which will offer approximately 17,000 square feet of street-level retail space, will be located in The District Detroit, the 50-block area that includes Little Caesars Arena, Comerica Park, Ford Field, Fox Theatre, and numerous other buildings.

"This agreement represents our commitment to the city of Detroit and our desire to be part of its exciting resurgence," says Linda Paullin-Hebden, executive partner of Warner Norcross + Judd’s  Southfield office. "The District Detroit is an ideal location that promises innovative design and convenience features while also being located close to the action — this is right where our attorneys and our clients want and need us to be.”

With 230 attorneys statewide, Warner is one of the largest law firms in Michigan. The firm represents more than 7,000 companies, organizations, and individuals based in or doing business in Michigan, including Fortune 500 companies, second-stage growth businesses, entrepreneurial start-ups, non-profits, and individuals.

Lawyers at the firm’s Detroit office will offer counsel within several industries, including automotive, media, labor and employment, energy, and environment, family law, financial services, health law, M&A, IP, and real estate.

“Warner Norcross + Judd’s planned expansion is just one example of how The District Detroit is attracting world-class companies and professional services to the city of Detroit,” says Travis Arbogast, vice president of development at Olympia Development of Michigan. “We look forward to their presence in Detroit, along with other companies that are eager to bring jobs and spur economic growth in our community.”

James Berkemeier and Sam Munaco of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors acted as Warner Norcross + Judd's real estate advisors. The District Detroit office properties are represented by Mike Carl and Ron Gantner of Plante Moran Cresa. For leasing inquiries, contact Mike.Carl@plantemoran.com.

Olympia Development of Michigan is part of Ilitch Holdings Inc. in Detroit. The latter company owns Little Caesars Pizza, Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Blue Line Distributing, and several other companies.

Source article:  DBusiness Daily News