May 7, 2019 — Parker Poe, a Charlotte-based business law firm with seven offices across the Southeast, today announced plans to relocate its Charlotte office to an efficient, high-performance workplace environment in Legacy Union, the 10-acre Lincoln Harris development that is redefining the southern perimeter of uptown Charlotte with a mix of Class A office space, retail, and other amenities.
In mid-2020, Parker Poe will occupy 86,000 square feet on three floors of 620 S. Tryon, Legacy Union’s first phase, a 33-story, 850,000-square-foot tower. As part of the move, Parker Poe will have branding on the tower, establishing a presence at the intersection of Tryon and Stonewall streets, the epicenter of more than 10 million square feet of development taking place on the south side of uptown adjacent to Bank of America Stadium.
“We are excited about this move and our partnership with Lincoln Harris,” said Parker Poe’s Managing Partner Tom Griffin. “In a rapidly changing legal marketplace, we are embracing change and looking forward to a new, agile workplace. Our space will match our firm’s forward-thinking culture and encourage clients, lawyers, and staff to collaborate in an energized environment.”
“Lincoln Harris is proud to welcome Parker Poe to Legacy Union,” said Johno Harris, president of Lincoln Harris. “The decision of prominent corporate names like Parker Poe to choose Legacy Union as their headquarters continues to validate our vision for Legacy Union and its impact not only on uptown but our community as a whole.”
Parker Poe’s new office will reflect its collegial, people-focused culture to create a flexible and adaptable space designed to reduce bureaucracy and increase interaction. Design features will focus on natural light, integrated technology, active social areas, ergonomic enhancements, and wellness spaces. International architecture firm Gensler will lead the interior design.
“We’re pleased to partner with Parker Poe, one of the Southeast’s most prestigious law firms,” said Taylor Senter, Managing Director at Newmark Knight Frank (NKF), Parker Poe’s real estate advisor. “From the offset of the project, Parker Poe’s leadership team had a clear and concise conviction around the future of the firm and how to leverage real estate to position itself in the marketplace moving forward. It really was a pleasure to play a role in this seminal decision by the firm.”
Senter, and his partners Greg Katz and Mike Hopper, members of NKF’s law firm advisory practice, see Parker Poe’s decision as progressive and prescient. “It’s no secret that the practice of law, and for that matter business at large, is undergoing rapid transformations due to advances in technology and increased mobility within the workforce. With this comes a renewed expectation of the workplace, and more so than ever before our clients across the U.S. are looking to proactively address these realities. In its decision to embrace this evolution, Parker Poe is establishing a new paradigm and solidifying its position as a preeminent law firm in the Southeast.”
Parker Poe’s new home includes an indoor/outdoor entry plaza off of Tryon Street for casual gatherings, a fitness center, and a walkable promenade lined with restaurants and retailers. A pedestrian bridge above Church Street will provide tenants with direct access to the building.
Ridr Knowlton and Campbell Walker of Lincoln Harris represented the developer in the transaction.