January 12, 2022. Buchalter is pleased to announce that it has signed a new lease at 425 Market Street for its San Francisco office. Occupying the entire 29th floor, Buchalter San Francisco will move its approximately 70 attorneys and support staff to its new location by the end of March.
“Our firm has seen dramatic expansion in recent years, and the national events of the last two years have altered the way we work,” said Adam Bass, President and Chief Executive Officer of Buchalter. “We have been searching for the right space to accommodate our growing office with attention to a more functional design in this evolving business landscape. 425 Market Street is a perfect fit.”
This year, the Firm is celebrating 40 years in San Francisco after opening its San Francisco office in 1981 as the Firm’s second location and anchoring its presence in Northern California. The office has seen consistent growth over the years. San Francisco Office Managing Shareholder Matthew Covington has been overseeing the office’s recent growth and subsequent move to 425 Market Street. The Firm announced Covington’s elevation as the new San Francisco Office Managing Shareholder earlier this year.
“We are very excited about the new office space,” said Covington. “We are ready for a change, and our new office has everything, from the central and accessible location to the efficient layout and modern amenities.”
Buchalter’s San Francisco office has recently expanded to include a number of impressive new Shareholders and attorneys, including Marlene Williams and Jenni Krengel. Williams is a member of the Intellectual Property practice group, focusing on helping clients maximize the value of their brands and copyrights and avoid risks connected with developing new brands and creative works. She collaborates with clients to strategically build trademark and copyright assets and protect the value of those assets as efficiently as possible. Her practice involves the entire life cycle of a brand, including selection, worldwide protection and enforcement.
Krengel is the Chair of the Firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group, advising clients on design, compliance, and operation of qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and nonqualified plans. She has particular expertise representing public employee retirement systems and government employers on tax and fiduciary matters. Krengel is also widely regarded for her work as tax and fiduciary counsel to public pension plans across the country. Further, she has significant experience with IRS and DOL voluntary compliance programs, and with ERISA fiduciary rules and best practices.
Christopher Parker also recently joined Buchalter’s San Francisco office as an attorney and a member of the Energy & Natural Resources practice. He has a broad knowledge of energy regulation, financing, and transactions gained from experience as a judicial clerk for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
“We are thrilled to have welcomed so many accomplished attorneys last year,” added Bass. “I look forward to the further expansion as we celebrate our 40 years in San Francisco in 2022.”
Buchalter was represented in the lease negotiations by Strategic Advisor Steve Walbridge, Mike Catalano, and Executive Director Margaret Duskin of Cushman and Wakefield. 425 Market Street is LEED Platinum certified, has quick access to BART and MUNI, with views of both the Bay and the city.