Model D reports that the Varnum Law Firm just moved into a 10,000 square-foot space inside the former Federal Reserve Building. Varnum has no plans to scale back other Detroit offices, including their Novi digs, and will add twenty new positions to staff the downtown office. Rich Hewlett, a partner in the 128-year-old firm, told Model D that the landlord helped influence the move. "It's a Dan Gilbert building," Hewlett said. "We hope to do some work with Gilbert in light of everything that is going on downtown." If Varnum added any of the Rock companies to their client list, the Gilbert-owned businesses would be in good company—Varmum counts Henry Ford Health System as a client.
Built in 1927, with an annex designed by World Trade Center architect Minoru Yamasaki in 1951, the Federal Reserve Building and its annex also house the Detroit Media Partnership, parent of the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News, along with both newspapers.
·Varnum moves into new office in downtown Detroit [Model D]
·Is Federal Reserve building another Dan Gilbert deal? [Detroit Free Press]