Moving from the Grand Central district to lower Manhattan, Holwell Shuster & Goldberg, which was launched last February by Richard Holwell when he left the Southern District bench (NYLJ, Feb. 8, 2012), has relocated to the 39th floor of 125 Broad St.
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The 15-attorney litigation boutique has a three-year sublease for 36,681 square feet with the law firm Sedgwick LLP at the 40-story, 1.2-million-square-foot Broad Street building. Since Holwell Shuster's launch, it had been a subtenant at 335 Madison Ave., where it subleased about 3,600 square feet.
"We could not be more pleased with our inaugural year," said Daniel Goldberg, a founding partner of Holwell Shuster. "Now, 10 short months later, we've more than tripled our [staff], we have taken a full floor in a fantastic building and are primed to grow."
David Rubin, a partner at Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe, along with associate Sarah Regan, represented Holwell Shuster.
Paul Kawakami, a partner in Sedgwick's real estate and finance group in San Francisco, internally represented the firm.
The asking rate for class-A office space along the southern tip of downtown Manhattan is about $51 per square foot, according to Studley's January report. Sublease rates can range from $10 to $20 per square foot below a building's asking rate.
Holwell Shuster "explored many other options" throughout Manhattan, Goldberg said, but subleasing at 125 Broad St. "made sense" and the space was "built out" to meet a law firm's needs.
"Though Sandy certainly was an inconvenience, and its effects clearly continue to be felt downtown, it caused a delay [in moving] of only a few weeks," he said.