Meyer, Suozzi is building it. Will they come?
That was our thought after talking to managing partner Lois Carter Schlissel about the deal the law firm (full name: Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein) recently cut to leave the Mineola offices where it has been for more than two decades and move into new, 50-percent-larger digs down the road in Garden City.
Schlissel said the firm needs more space because of recent and hoped-for expansion. ‘We have definite plans to increase our real estate department,’ Schlissel said. ‘Even today, we are finalizing our offer. We are hiring in the corporate area – that’s going to happen in two months, if not before. It’s a lot of different directions, and there are always attorneys or groups of attorneys who we are in negotiations with.’
The last time we checked on Meyer, Suozzi’s expansion, about three years ago, it took the entire corporate group from Rivkin Radler, which set off a game of law-firm musical chairs that worked its way through both towers at what is now Reckson Plaza and beyond. Schlissel says she sees no such domino effect now, because the negotiations are with ‘entire firms or significant parts. It’s not like a department in a firm that would have to be replaced.’