When their lease in the HSBC Plaza in Rochester was nearing its term, Hiscock & Barclay not only made the decision to stay in downtown Rochester, but decided to remain on the 19th and 20th floors, embarking on remodeling plan that truly created a more modern and attractive work environment. To celebrate, an open house on Jan. 20 provided an opportunity for members of the community to socialize and check out the updated digs.
James Grossman, managing director of the Rochester office, said, “First and foremost, we wanted to stay in downtown Rochester.”
New flooring, new furniture, new paint and wallpaper, new filing systems, new conference rooms – and even the upscale restrooms were part of the build-out.
“The build-out took four months,” Grossman explained. “We all stuffed into swing space on the 15th floor during the project. It was cozy, but moving to 15, working in close quarters, and then the second move back to our respective floors brought everyone closer together.”
The Rochester office of Hiscock & Barclay is one of four major regional offices for the firm, including Buffalo, Syracuse and Albany. In addition, the firm has offices in Toronto, New York City, Boston, Elmira, Utica and Washington, D.C., with over 200 attorneys across the practice group.
Managing partner John Langan lists his main firm address as Syracuse, but admits he spends 40 to 50 business days each year in other Hiscock & Barclay locations.
“A lot of our attorneys travel between offices,” Langan noted. “We have designated ‘visiting attorney’ offices at all of our locations, and the receptionist at each location keeps track of who is where.”
James Domagalski, the managing director of Hiscock & Barclay’s Buffalo office, attended the Rochester reception, checking things out as the Buffalo office is currently undergoing renovations.
Hiscock & Barclay COO Jeff Koehne and facilities manager Scott Wilson were part of the team that coordinated the Rochester project, which involved 30 attorneys and a total staff of 50.
New teleconference equipment in the conference rooms is state of the art, seamlessly connecting the firms’ attorneys from any location. The telephone system provides efficient infrastructure and most desks sport two monitors. Local photographs and artwork add to the community-minded spirit within the firm.
Hiscock & Barclay partner Sheila Gaddis noted that the firm has loaned the teleconference room to other organizations, such as the Rochester Black Bar Association. Gaddis heads up the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative, which encourages firm attorneys and staff to volunteer with a variety of local agencies throughout the year.
On Dec. 5, 2014, Hiscock & Barclay volunteers participated in a Community Day at Foodlink, organizing food donations for school children to take home in backpacks on weekends.
As part of the remodel, the Hiscock & Barclay space includes a trial prep room and a wellness room. The lunch area includes vending machines, refrigerator, and tables and chairs. Another area is devoted to the office mail and photocopying services.
Photos by Vasiliy Baziuk