In 2008, law firm Stinson Morrison Hecker acquired Blumenfeld Kaplan & Sandweiss and consolidated its offices in Blumenfeld's space in Clayton. Stinson had its offices in the Deloitte Building at 100 S. Fourth Street, resulting in the loss of another law firm for downtown.
However, the firm is still exploring its options for a new permanent home, and is looking for 60,000 sf in either downtown or Clayton.
At the time of the consolidation, Chip Misko, Stinson's Managing Partner said, "We could not find any suitable locations with 60,000 square feet of space. Now that we'll have all of the attorneys and staff under one roof, we'll re-double our efforts to go back out and look for a building. We are looking primarily in Clayton or downtown and we've also looked at some opportunities in between."
What a difference a year makes.
When Stinson moved to Clayton, large blocks of contiguous space were hard to come by. Now, however, several downtown Class A buildings have available spaces that would be suitable for the firm, including One City Centre, 1010 Market Street, Met Square, and the Laclede Gas Building.
Having Stinson make the move back to downtown would help make up for the loss of Armstrong Teasdale and Husch Blackwell. Their presence would be a great shot in the arm for the CBD. Hopefully they'll decide to do what's best both for the firm and for our city's future by choosing downtown.