Smith Moore Leatherwood plans to move into the Project One development in downtown Greenville. (Photo/Liz Segrist)
Published Dec. 7, 2012
The Hughes Development Corp.’s project is currently under construction at the corner of Main and Washington streets in downtown Greenville. Project One will be completed in two phases. Smith Moore Leatherwood will move into phase II in the first quarter of 2014.
In addition to Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, CertusBank, Anthropologie and Clemson’s MBA program, the Asheville-based restaurant Tupelo Honey announced plans last week to locate in the development as well.
Smith Moore Leatherwood will move into roughly 34,000 square feet on the top two floors of phase II. It will occupy most of the 10th floor and the entire 11th floor. Eighty-four of its attorneys and staff members will move into the space.
The firm’s lease is up in the first quarter of 2014, and it decided to move after 10 years in the Suntrust Building at 300 E. McBee Ave. in downtown Greenville.
“We’re really excited about the prospect of being right on Main Street and returning to Main Street,” said Rob Marcus, the firm’s management committee chair. The firm was originally located in the Poinsett Hotel when it opened in Greenville in 1945, and has been on or within a few blocks of Main Street ever since.
The firm is currently designing its office space with room to expand in the future. The designs call for more uniform office sizes and more collaborative, flexible space and conference rooms to accommodate growth, meetings and visitors.
“The move to One will allow us to build a space that is custom-designed for the needs of our firm, allowing for a more efficient working environment while giving us the space to expand and grow in the future,” said Tod Hyche, partner in charge of Smith Moore Leatherwood’s Greenville office.
In 2008, the Leatherwood firm joined forces with Smith Moore to create Smith Moore Leatherwood, which comprises seven offices and more than 190 attorneys to serve clients across the Carolinas and Georgia. The firm’s core practice areas are focused on litigation, health care, labor and employment, real estate and corporate law.