Tag Archives: Law firms

Getting to know Tom McDonald

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Tom McDonald is an Executive Vice President based in JLL’s downtown Los Angeles office. As an industry professional with 38 years of experience, his primary area of business is advising law firms on how to drive their profitability by designing and implementing real estate strategies that compliment and support their unique operating models.

How does Downtown’s work-live-play evolution impact law firm tenants?

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Downtown LA has long enjoyed a decent concentration of law firms, but interest is growing dramatically—simultaneous with the submarket’s vibrant full-time population boom.

So far in this video series, we’ve learned what’s essential to thriving in DTLA (aka, one of the most interesting office markets in the region), and how the area represents an opportunity to do “more with less.” In the final installment of the series, Jordan Gaffney explains the unique role that community… Read More

Where can LA law firms do more with less?

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Eastward expansion continues, for Los Angeles law firms that is. In the first installment of our series on law firm real estate trends, we learned what’s making downtown LA one of the most interesting office markets in the region. Now, Darren Eades, Executive Vice President in JLL’s LA office, reflects on why Westside firms are increasingly setting their sights East.

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Downtown law firms: Plan real estate now, thrive later

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Diminishing occupancy. Bold new use of space. Landlords with a habit of raising rents. LA’s central business district is on pace to become one of the most interesting arenas of all SoCal commercial real estate markets. And that, explains Tom McDonald, JLL’s Executive Vice President, spells opportunity for law firm tenants looking to optimize their real estate strategy.

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How the most sophisticated law firms are approaching the use of office space

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While nothing will replace the traditional real estate cliché that it’s all about location, location, location, today law firm’s real estate also needs to be about flexibility, flexibility, flexibility.

Corporations and law firms that make 10 to 15 year plans for their office space needs often find that… Read More