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Natalie Grasso Cockrell
Natalie Grasso Cockrell
Natalie is a Workplace Consultant at Herman Miller and the former Editor of Work Design Magazine. She’s currently based in Pittsburgh.

Join us on Tuesday, September 20 at Nixon Peabody‘s Washington, DC office for our next Work Design TALK! We’ll be exploring the evolution of law office design with DC’s top legal workplace experts. Tickets are available here.

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Our host venue for “The Evolution of Law Office Design”, Nixon Peabody. Photo by Eric Laignel, courtesy of Perkins+Will.

Law firms are so steeped in tradition that they’ve always seemed to us the last frontier of any radical changes in workplace design. But the way we work is changing and, slowly but surely, we’re starting to see law firms adopt new ideas. Nixon Peabody is one such firm that has, essentially, removed their glasses, let down their hair, and designed a space that more fully aligns with their values and goals. Among other things, they’ve reduced their footprint by 30 percent, provided over 90 percent of workspaces with a view to the outside, and dispensed with corner offices entirely. They best part? They’ve lived to tell the tale!

Join us on September 20 at Nixon Peabody’s D.C. office for a panel discussion about the evolution of law office design, as well as the goals, challenges, and outcomes of the Nixon Peabody project in particular. The discussion will be moderated by our founder, Bob Fox. Click here for tickets. We hope to see you there!

Meet the panelists

Catherine Heath, Managing Principal, HYL Architecture

catherine-heathCatherine is a seasoned architect with significant accomplishments in design and workplace strategy in her 23+ year career. She has established herself as an international leader in law firm workplace strategy and has helped more than a dozen of the AMLAW top 50 firms make critical strategic decisions about the use of their office space. She is also a leader in the DC real estate community, and has current and recently completed projects in Miami, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, and New York, as well as overseas in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and London.

Jeff Lesk, Washington, DC Office Managing Partner, Nixon Peabody

leskj_pr17240Jeff is as a nationally recognized finance attorney and is a founder and leader of Nixon Peabody’s Legally Green® initiative. As a LEED AP, his participation on local and national advisory boards such as Conservation International have helped further the firm’s commitment to sustainability. Jeff has also served as a co-chair of the Affordable Housing Summit at USGBC’s Greenbuild®, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Jeff frequently lectures at local universities and law schools on community development and green building, and is on the national speaking circuit for trade association meetings, industry events, and seminars.

Patrick Marr, Vice Chairman, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

pat-marrPatrick joined Newmark Grubb Knight Frank in 2013 as a vice chairman in the firm’s Washington, DC office. One of the leading tenant representatives in the Washington metropolitan area and a legal industry expert, he has spent more than three decades brokering some of the largest and most complex transactions in the market. He was also the broker for this Nixon Peabody project. Focusing on delivering long-term solutions, Patrick works hand in hand with his clients to understand their unique goals and then tailor strategic plans to resolve their specific needs.

Ken Wilson, Principal and Design Director for Interiors, Perkins+Will

ken-wilsonKen’s portfolio includes architecture, interiors, graphics, and product design, and he is the only architect in the United States to have been named a Fellow in the AIA, IIDA, and the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). In addition to Nixon Peabody, his clients have included several of the nation’s leading environmental organizations as well as numerous socially responsible associations, nonprofits, and corporations. Ken was a member of the core committees that developed the original LEED rating system for both commercial interiors and core and shell projects. He also founded the IIDA’s Sustainability Advisory Council and was chair of the AIA’s National Interior Architecture Advisory Group in 2011.


6:00-6:30 PM  Doors open, networking over refreshments, and tours
6:30-7:30 PM  Panel discussion + Q&A
7:30-8:00 PM  More networking

Small bites and drinks will be served. Get tickets now to snag a seat!

A special thank you to our event sponsors AgilQuest, HNI One, Bialek Environments, Herman Miller Collection, FOX Architects, GHT Limited, and Chris Crane Contract | WCI and reSAWN TIMBER Co.

Interested in joining us as a sponsor? Email [email protected] for details!
Natalie Grasso Cockrell
Natalie Grasso Cockrell
Natalie is a Workplace Consultant at Herman Miller and the former Editor of Work Design Magazine. She’s currently based in Pittsburgh.
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