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New downtown building to house law firm’s Milwaukee office

The Milwaukee office of Husch Blackwell will be moving into a new building in downtown Milwaukee.

The Missouri-based law firm announced on Friday that it had signed a letter of intent with the developer J. Jeffers & Co. to move its Milwaukee office, which has about 100 lawyers and paralegals as well as 80 administrative-staff employees, to the top three stories of a new, nine-story building to be built at the site of parking lot at 511 N. Broadway.

Husch Blackwell has agreed to lease for 15 1/2 years more than 71,000 square feet of space in the building, according to a news release.

The firm’s Milwaukee office is now at 555 E. Wells St. Husch Blackwell inherited that space when it merged in 2016 with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, which had been there since 2003.

The new office will, among other things, have a café, a wellness room, video-conference rooms and ergonomic office furniture.

“We have put a lot of thought and deliberation into how to organize and design the new office,” said Jack Enea, managing partner at Husch Blackwell’s Milwaukee office. “The most compelling argument for building an office from scratch was the ability to design it exactly to our own specifications. This allows for a better use of space, greater efficiency and cost management, and more amenities for our attorneys and staff.”

The building at 511 N. Broadway is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2020. The architect working on the project is the Milwaukee-based firm Engberg Anderson Architects. J. Jeffers & Co. has not yet chosen a general contractor.

The new building is expected to have offices, stores, parking and possibly a restaurant. It is within walking distance of the Third Ward and offers easy access to interstates 794, 94 and 43.

“Our intention to anchor this new development is a powerful signal of Husch Blackwell’s commitment to the city of Milwaukee,” said Paul Eberle, Milwaukee-based chief executive for Husch Blackwell. “Since our combination with Whyte Hirschboeck, our firm has continually made investments in our Wisconsin-based platform, building upon the 75 years of shared history we have in Wisconsin. This move is a natural extension and enhancement of that long-standing presence.”

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