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Law firm Wolf Greenfield takes 3,400 s/f at the Chrysler Building

Intellectual property law firm Wolf Greenfield and Sacks has taken 3,400 s/f of space at the landmarked Chrysler Building in Midtown.

The Boston-based firm signed a five-year lease to occupy part of the tower’s 33rd floor. The new outpost, which opened this week, will house lawyers from the company’s main office. The firm will provide litigation, prosecution, post-grant proceedings, freedom to operate, diligence and licensing services in the new location.

“Our New York office leverages the strength and momentum of our business,” said Tim Oyer, the firm’s president and managing partner. “We are fortunate to serve clients who are uncompromising in their demand for top-tier representation in strategically building, protecting and enforcing their IP globally. Boston has been the ideal hub of our IP service platform, and with an increasing number of our clients based in New York or doing significant business transactions there, we feel the timing is perfect for us to open a New York office.”

The Chrysler Building, which was designed by William Van Alen, was once the world’s tallest building. Built in 1930, the tower, which was named after auto tycoon Walter Chrysler, was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976. The building is owned by the Abu Dhabi Investment Council and Tishman Speyer. The Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund has the majority stake in the building. It bought a 90 percent share in the tower’s ownership in 2008.

Wolf Greenfield is not the only legal firm in Chrysler Building. Lewis Baach Kaufman Middlemiss, the New York City of branch of Washington DC firm Lewis Baach, recently expanded its footprint to 14,696 s/f in the building, according to the Commercial Observer.

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