THE OFFICIAL RELEASE ABOUT THE NEW ATC TENANT
Law Firm Slides Into Diamond View II, Scores Big for Downtown Durham
In its 12 memorable years, the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin (JSF) has hit many milestones. From one lawyer to more than 100 employees. From 30 clients to thousands. And, after today, a return to its roots in Downtown Durham.
JSF has announced the company’s move to the Diamond View II building of the historic American Tobacco Campus. Company leaders broke the news with a pitch across home plate at their new neighbor, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Joining JSF was a winning team of supporters, including representatives from ATC, Capitol Broadcasting Company, CB Richard Ellis, Mayor Bill Bell, members of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Durham Inc., Durham City Council and the Durham County Board of Commissioners.
“We don’t see it as leasing new office space so much as picking up the best seats in the house!” said James Scott Farrin, founder and president. “In all seriousness, we started out in Downtown Durham and returning home is a goal we have all shared for a long time. The move reinforces our commitment to this community and the creativity nurtured by dynamic environments like American Tobacco Campus.”
With about 100 of its 130 total employees utilizing 50,000-square-feet, JSF will become one of Downtown Durham’s largest employers. The deal also represents new and exciting movement in the Triangle real estate market. Triangle businesses are growing and are able to find the right home for their growth without leaving for another region or state.
“With excitement and a tremendous sense of momentum, Downtown Durham welcomes home James Scott Farrin as a partner in our community’s renaissance,” said Durham Mayor Bill Bell. “We foresee synergies between the new law offices and the new Durham County Justice Center, just as there are between the Durham Performing Arts Center and the many restaurants and attractions at the American Tobacco Campus.”
Jim Goodmon — president and CEO of Capitol Broadcasting Company, which owns ATC — joined Farrin in signing a commemorative baseball representing the lease.
“We’re lighting up the scoreboard with runs for Downtown Durham,” Goodmon said. “With each win, we get closer to our ultimate vision: creating a destination city and live, work, play environment like none other.”
JSF’s move also represents an important win for the local offices of global real estate firm CB Richard Ellis.
“Working with Eric Sanchez, Chief Operating Officer at the firm, we took a look at every available 50,000 square feet of Class A office space in the Raleigh/Durham market,” said Olivia Moore, assistant vice president, CB Richard Ellis. “However, when we toured Diamond View II, it was evident that the American Tobacco Campus would provide an experience unlike any other for James Scott Farrin’s employees.”
ABOUT THE FIRM
Founded: 1997 by James S. Farrin, Duke University School of Law, J.D. (1990) in Durham
Number of employees: Approximately 130, including 25 attorneys. Approximately 20 staff are fluently bilingual, speaking English and Spanish.
Offices: 13 statewide, including Durham, Raleigh, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Greenville, Goldsboro, Henderson, New Bern, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Sanford, Wilson
Major practice areas: Civil rights, intellectual property, personal injury, social security, workers’ compensation
Presently leading one of the largest civil rights cases in United States history: In re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation, Case No. 08-mc-0511 (PLF) (D.D.C.), which deals with the United States Department of Agriculture’s discrimination against African-American farmers.
The firm’s many philanthropic pursuits include Duke Children’s Hospital, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The firm has a matching-gift program wherein it matches an employee’s philanthropic contributions.
Thanks to American Tobacco & The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin for this release.