Category Archives: About LawSpaceMatch

LawSpaceMatch: A Sponsor for the Run for Justice

As a sponsor for Run for Justice facilitated by Atlanta Legal Aid Society, LawSpaceMatch was a part of the 1,200 participants raising $25,000 for the general operating fund of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. The run was on November 10, 2012, in Oakhurst for a 5K run and walk and was a great success. The highest overall participation was from Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. The largest public interest teams with staff under 25 was the Fulton Child Advocacy and the DeKalb Public Defender’s Office. LawSpaceMatch, along with other sponsors, including the Daily Report and the Association of Legal Administrators (AALA), Delta and various law firms were proud to participate in this annual event.

Creative Attorney Space Sharing Arrangements

Thumbnail image for interior-design-office-space-4.jpg With the road paved for sharing office space, attorneys seek options for finding suitable space with great amenities and a place for exchanging expertise with other like-minded professionals. A typical sublease may be feasible, allowing attorneys the avoidance of “dark space” for an extended period of time; however, other space sharing arrangements are available. While subleasing law office space means space that has been leased by a tenant and is being offered for lease back to the market by the tenant with the lease obligation, sometimes a sublease is not the answer.
Got Law Space? At least be thoughtful about it.

Sharing law space
is a great way to cut costs. Creative lawyers are approaching law firms and groups of lawyers already sharing space and cutting that pie of office space in various pieces which represent benefits for the law firm and the mobile attorney. By presenting space sharing proposals that cater exactly to the needs of the attorney seeking space, it is a win/win situation. Perhaps an attorney only needs a conference room to meet with clients or conduct attorney team discussions. Instead of seeking virtual office space from generic office suites, attorneys are approaching other attorneys with law offices located nearby clients or their home. And those attorneys receiving those creative space sharing arrangements who are business minded are accepting those proposals – after satisfactory due diligence of course.
It’s good for you; it’s good for me.
Atlanta office vacancy still exists and Atlanta lawyers, as well as lawyers in nine other states are posting and listing empty office space on www.lawspacematch.com. Lawyers should be flexible in providing office sharing arrangements as long as they are comfortable with the lawyers sharing conference rooms and standing at the copy machine. Sharing law space means finding a good match. Resources are shared: whether an actual office is subleased or a conference room once a month is provided. Further benefits include: networking, networking, networking, which is a fruit of this synergy. There is always the potential client referral coming from that attorney using the conference room to an attorney granting law space who specializes in an area of law. Or vice versa. Also, costs are reduced: creative attorneys may offer an a la carte approach to the needed services sought for the mobile attorney or a flat rate per week or month. It is a no lose situation.
The mission of www.lawspacematch.com is to assist the legal profession by creating a web site targeted for attorneys in transition and law firms with empty office space. Immediate opportunities for attorneys desiring relocation may be found with criteria-based custom searches or views by zip codes. It’s simple. And its FREE to post or search for law space. Law firms post available office space; attorneys search and find space while simultaneously posting their professional profiles on our site. www.LawSpaceMatch.com is a matching site like no other and benefits both the law firms and the attorneys by directly connecting these two parties.
See Also: The Business of Law, Law Firms with Unused Offices,

Expansion to California!

Cocos_nucifera_2.jpgLawSpaceMatch is now officially represented coast to coast; we have added a listing in California! Plug and Play Executive Suites is a Newport Beach area listing that offers a live receptionist, internet, phone lines, and access to conferences around the world from the get go. Check them out! You can also browse locations in Atlanta andNew York, among others.

LawSpaceMatch is Country-Wide!

220px-New_york_times_square-terabass.jpgLawSpaceMatch has been expanding! We now have law spaces listed in 9 different states, from Georgia to New York to Colorado. Do you live in Manhattan and are looking for free office space? We now have listings for New York City office suites on Lexington Avenue in the heart of Manhattan. All you have to do is click on the office listing and you are given a direct telephone number to contact the owner of the real estate. It is completely free – all you have to do is take five minutes to create an attorney profile. We are very excited about these new additions to our database of office space listings, and expect that even more expansion is soon to follow. As more and more people are finding out, acquiring an office space to practice law should not be a stressful, cat and mouse affair. It should be quick, streamlined and simple, and LawSpaceMatch provides the perfect medium for the process.
See Also: Law Firms with Unused Offices, Atlanta Office Space Vacancies

The Website For Lawyers Hanging a Shingle and Seeking Shared Law Office Space

line of people(3).jpgLawSpaceMatch.com is the perfect online service for newly graduated law students who are thinking of starting their own solo practice or small groups of graduates who want to hang out their own shingle. The purpose of LawSpaceMatch is to help attorneys looking for office space find law firms with available space. It is a match.com for lawyers seeking shared office space.
The founder of LawSpaceMatch, a Mercer Law graduate, Elaine M. Russell was looking for a new office space for her solo corporate law practice in Atlanta, Georgia. After a frustrating search, yielding no website or source that connected her with open office space, she resorted to a door to door search for office space. Since pounding the pavement was not the best use of resources or time, Elaine developed LawSpaceMatch to save other attorneys from having to do the same legwork.
This online service is free and easy to use and accessible to attorneys and firms with office space needs. Law firms with space to rent or sublet can post these listings and upload photographs on the website. Attorneys search for law office space that would match their needs. Since the online service covers all regions of the country, it enables solo practitioners in transition to hang a shingle in a different state or find a partner in a different part of the city or state to with which to share space.
Lawyers and law students may also post their professional profile. Since attorneys are able to view each others professional profiles, finding attorneys with similar practice areas with whom to share space is easier. Whether you are a new solo practitioner or a current practitioner looking to start a new practice, www.LawSpaceMatch.com can help you save time, space, and ultimately money. This website is free to use.
Check out blog.LawSpaceMatch.com. Mercer law student Sarah Phaff has posted on the blog along with many others. If you are interested in contributing a blog post, please contact elaine@lawspacematch.com.
Also check out the podcast
Contributed by: Sarah Phaff, 2L via Mercer Law Free Press
See Also: A View From Law Students, Law Firms with Unused Offices, Atlanta Office Space Vacancies

Law Space Match – The Perfect Online Service for New Law School Grads

gavel.gifLawSpaceMatch.com is the perfect online service for newly graduated law students who are thinking of starting their own solo practice or small groups of graduates who want to hang out their own shingle. The purpose of LawSpaceMatch is to help attorneys looking for office space find law firms with available space. It is a match.com for lawyers seeking shared office space.
The founder of LawSpaceMatch, a Mercer Law graduate, Elaine M. Russell was looking for a new office space for her solo corporate law practice in Atlanta, Georgia. After a frustrating search, yielding no website or source that connected her with open office space, she resorted to a door to door search for office space. Since pounding the pavement was not the best use of resources or time, Elaine developed LawSpaceMatch to save other attorneys from having to do the same legwork.
This online service is free and easy to use and accessible to attorneys and firms with office space needs. Law firms with space to rent or sublet can post these listings and upload photographs on the website. Attorneys search for law office space that would match their needs. Since the online service covers all regions of the country, it enables solo practitioners in transition to hang a shingle in a different state or find a partner in a different part of the city or state to with which to share space.
Lawyers and law students may also post their professional profile. Since attorneys are able to view each other’s professional profiles, finding attorneys with similar practice areas with whom to share space is easier. Whether you are a new solo practitioner or a current practitioner looking to start a new practice, www.LawSpaceMatch.com can help you save time, space, and ultimately money. This website is free to use.
Also, check out the legal blog at LawSpaceMatch.com Mercer law student Sarah Phaff has posted on the blog along with many others. If you are interested in contributing a blog post, please contact elaine@lawspacematch.com. Feel free to be creative with topics; anything that pertains to law or the importance of office sharing is welcomed. Our ultimate goal is to create a blog that not only informs readers about the open office spaces and the benefits of office sharing, but also paints them a broad picture of the current legal landscape.
Also check out the podcast at http://bit.ly/pIIJax.
Contributed by: By Sarah Phaff, 2L via Mercer Law Free Press
See Also: A View From Law Students,

July Brings Unemployment Claims for Georgia Lawyers

unemployed lawyer.jpgBad news for lawyers. Unemployment rose in July, 2011 for Georgia lawyers and support staff. Last month 54 lawyers and 176 support staff in private practice filed for initial unemployment benefits according to the Georgia Department of Labor. Lawyers are feeling the pinch with a 17% increase in unemployment filings. Regarding legal support staff, a 12% increase in unemployment occurred in comparison to the 157 people who filed unemployment claims in June.
A total of 230 Georgia legal industry workers filed claims in July. This is a 13% increase from June. These claims fall slightly shortly than the highest total claims filed since April (234 lawyers and staff filed claims). Legal workers are flocking to the Georgia Department of Labor for relief and these increased filings note the highest total number of monthly claims filed this year.
The good news is that although July unemployment claims increased in June, the total claims filed by Georgia lawyers and staff for 2011 have decreased compared to 2010. Claims by lawyers in 2011 are down 13%, as compared to claims filed in 2010.
Nationally, 1.1 million people in the legal services industry were without employment in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Legal industry layoffs increased by 1% the month, when compared to July 2010.
While some legal firms have survived the initial economic downturn, the unemployment rate for Atlanta is still hovering between 9.7% and 10.4%. These recently unemployed lawyers may decide hanging their own shingle in hopes for the best. Benefits may merely include reduced costs of operating a law practice, especially in a legal community where jobs are scarce. By avoiding overhead costs and startup of law practice, lawyers can find unexpected benefits from office sharing. Advantages of attorneys sharing office space include sharing common expenses including maintaining support personnel, as well as providing the phone system and maintaining office equipment. Other benefits include daily contact with other lawyers who may provide a valuable opportunity to network, in addition to the assistance of more experienced lawyers in your law practice down the hall. Subleasing law offices from an existing firm provides an opportunity for these unemployed lawyers (and their legal staff) that appears mutually beneficial in light of the surplus office space available in Georgia.
In 2010, Elaine M. Russell created www.lawspacematch.com, a service that matches lawyers seeking to sublet space with unoccupied office space at compatible law firms around the country. This law office space and other Atlanta law office may be viewed at www.lawspacematch.com. Elaine M. Russell is a corporate and business attorney representing clients throughout Georgia and has an office located in the Buckhead section of Atlanta.
Notes: The Fulton Daily Report, August 31, 2011.
See Also: The Business of Law, Law Firms with Unused Space

Atlanta Attorneys Sublease Space

park atl.jpgSublease, sublease, and sublease. Atlanta attorneys are avoiding “dark space” and sharing office space with other attorneys. Subleasing law space means space that has been leased by a tenant and is being offered for lease back to the market by the tenant with lease obligation. “Dark space” is vacant space that is not currently occupied by a tenant, regardless of any lease obligation. Sharing law space is a great way to cut costs and Atlanta lawyers are seeking avenues on how to sublease law space or share empty office space with like-minded lawyers. Atlanta office vacancy showed little movement in the first quarter of 2011, thereby, Atlanta lawyers are posting and listing empty office space on www.lawspacematch.com. These lawyers are attracting law school graduates who have not yet found a job in the legal field. The law school graduates are realizing that legal jobs are hard to find and starting their legal career as a solo practitioner is the best option. Sharing law space with seasoned lawyers gives these future lawyers a forum for networking with local attorneys and opportunities for legal work which they otherwise would have no access.
The mission of www.lawspacematch.com is to assist the legal profession by creating a web site targeted for attorneys in transition and law firms with empty office space. Immediate opportunities for attorneys desiring relocation may be found with criteria-based custom searches or views by zip codes. It’s simple. And its FREE to post or search for law space. Law firms post available office space; attorneys search and find space while simultaneously posting their professional profiles on our site. www.LawSpaceMatch.com is a matching site like no other and benefits both the law firms and the attorneys by directly connecting these two parties.
Although hope remains the economy will eventually turn around, and lawyers will have an overabundance of legal work which will spur employment in the legal industry, access to the local legal community through www.lawspacematch.com is a source for networking with attorneys and seeking law space in a real estate market with a large holding pattern.
Note taken from Atlanta Journal Constitution, on Friday, May 6, 2011 :
Office space rebound still on hold

I Can’t Get No Satisfaction Looking for a New Law Office in Atlanta

atlanta_ga.jpgWhen I decided to leave my law office of over 10 years in Marietta, Georgia, I thought I could easily find a law firm with unused space or another group of attorneys from whom I could share expenses by subleasing to my law firm. I moved my law office from a historic-turned-office building where I enjoyed sharing space with 8 other lawyers.
I wasted time, energy and valuable billing time trying to find a new law office located closer to my home. I needed a web site targeting law firms and lawyers who desired to list and share their unused office space. None existed. Thereby, I created www.lawspacematch.com for assisting the legal profession, specifically those groups of attorneys and/or law firms which have surplus space and those attorneys seeking a turn-key law office. Save time and overhead costs with none of the aggravation that I experienced when landing in my new Buckhead law office. Find satisfaction and go to www.lawspacematch.com.
The benefits of sharing space with other lawyers include reduced overhead, exposure to other expert lawyers and additional resources for your law office which may not be affordable on your own. Our group of lawyers had no problems sharing a receptionist, the conference room, copier, kitchen and other resources. And, it was helpful having an attorney practicing downstairs who could help out for an occasional inquiry about real estate legal issues. The camaraderie was good. I got to hear about fascinating death row criminal law cases from the defense lawyer’s prospective and, lastly, the price was right.
For various reasons, including the desire to avoid the 40 minute round-trip commute, I decided to move my law office within the City of Atlanta. I didn’t necessarily have a drop dead date; however, it was not as easy as I thought. The target office was a similar space sharing situation or a law firm with an office to lease or sublet for a good rental rate. I searched and found nothing. I scoured the Fulton Daily Report. I spent one rainy night at the office scouring Craigslist only to find unacceptable options for my new office space. Sure, I could have tried LinkedIn but it is not targeted toward lawyers. The Georgia Bar Journal and the Atlanta Bar Association had little to no listings of empty space and the few listings that were available were in undesirable geographic areas. The goal was to move my office closer to my home.
Finally, I targeted a handful of office buildings in the Buckhead area; I knocked on the doors of various law offices located within those buildings. Instead of my fingers doing the typing to find a new law office, I was letting my feet do the walking, simultaneously losing valuable billable time and many hours of packing client files. I eventually landed in an office on East Paces Ferry Road and am now sharing space with several other attorneys who have complimentary law practices. The search was not an easy one.
The internet provides an array of products and services for lawyers – but not an exclusive space sharing website where attorneys can post their available space and also search for the appropriate, geographically desirable law office for subleasing. Until now – go to www.lawspacematch.com.
See also: I Can’t Get No Satisfaction Looking for a New Law Office in Atlanta