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July 20, 2022

Law firm Robinson+Cole to relocate downtown Hartford offices

Rhonda Tobin

Law firm Robinson+Cole is making a major office move in downtown Hartford, the Hartford Business Journal has learned. 

The longtime Hartford firm will be moving out of 280 Trumbull St., where it has been based for four decades, and into the historic Hartford Steam Boiler Building at 1 State St. in September 2023.

Robinson+Cole – which has more than 230 lawyers in 10 offices – will be reducing its footprint from about 120,000 square feet on six floors to about 75,000 square feet on five top floors at State Street. 

Robinson+Cole will be moving its office to One State Street in downtown Hartford.

One of the floors the law firm will be occupying at State Street next year is currently being used by Hartford HealthCare, which is currently in the process of moving its headquarters to 100 Pearl St. 
The State Street site – which is a half-mile from its current location – will be the sixth Hartford location in the law firm’s 177 year history.

The venerable law firm said it’s taking its cues from industry trends, focusing on designing offices to support a hybrid workforce.

Firm management said the move goes along with Robinson+Cole’s emphasis on providing an inclusive workplace.

“Our leadership team has been planning our workforce needs now and in the future for the past several years,” said the firm’s Managing Partner Rhonda Tobin. “Maintaining an inclusive workplace environment is a priority for us. We’re looking forward to building innovative space that will foster team-building, mentorship, and collaboration, and will enhance the hybrid work model through state-of-the-art technology. We are also excited to offer amenities not available in our current location to help ensure a more efficient, connected, flexible, and enjoyable workday. Our top priority is the delivery of outstanding client service, and this space will allow us to attract and retain the very best talent to achieve that goal.”

Similar to many law firms in the state, as well as many other businesses, Robinson+Cole adapted a hybrid work model during the height of the global health pandemic to accommodate its workforce.

The new space, officials said, will provide workers with amenities including a daycare center, full-service cafeteria, destination restaurant, and an on-site fitness center as well as parking.

Greg Barats, president and chief executive officer of Hartford Steam Boiler, which is part of Munich Re., applauded the pending relocation of the law firm.

Hartford Steam Boiler owns the building, which has an assessed value of $26.9 million, city records shows. 

“Robinson+Cole and HSB have each called Hartford home for more than 150 years and we look forward to providing an innovative office environment that helps them move into their workplace of the future,” Barats said in a statement.

Robinson+Cole has offices throughout the northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Florida and in California. They serve local, regional, national and international clients including many Fortune 500 companies.

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