From Crain's Chicago
by Claire Bushey
Like a kid who always needs a new pair of shoes, the Polsinelli law firm has outgrown its office space in Chicago six times in eight years.
In 2006, the Chicago office of the Kansas City, Mo.-based law firm had six attorneys. Next month, it expects to hit 100. To keep up, the office has expanded repeatedly, moving from Two Prudential Plaza to the central Loop, and it plans to move again in 2017 to a new 53-story office tower along the river. At one point, office managing partner Tony Nasharr joked that he was going to free up office space with an intensive new mentoring program: Every associate would shadow a partner by sitting at a card table next to their desk.
Chicago is one of the fastest-growing offices in a fast-growing firm. Polsinelli merged in 2009 with another Kansas City firm to reach about 480 lawyers, and the number has since shot up to 740. The firm increased total revenue 25 percent between 2008 and 2012, more than any other firm in the United States, according to the trade journal the American Lawyer.
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