Joseph Geierman, Chris Ruschaupt, John Stanley & Paul Abrahamson
Law firms face a unique set of challenges in 2021 around how to use their office space. Already in the process of evaluating the open office, universal office size, and the role of the legal secretary, among other issues, the industry was suddenly forced to rely on remote work and technology to meet the COVID-19 challenge. As law firms begin the new year, questions remain about how they’ll best use their office space.
Join IA Interior Architects and the IFMA Legal Council as they host guests from some of the nation’s leading law firms to discuss decisions the industry must face in 2021. Topics like office decentralization, the industry’s relationship with co-working, the importance of remote work, and more will be addressed.
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Buzz is the Managing Director of IA Interior Architects’ New York office. In his more than 30 years in the profession, he has directed a broad range of workplace projects for a variety of client types, including global legal, financial, technology, and professional service companies. With over two million square feet of law firms completed, he has seen first-hand the evolution of legal workplace design as well as generational impacts. Buzz holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University and is a member of IFMA and CoreNet.
Joseph is Troutman Pepper's Director of Real Estate and Facilities. He graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology, where he earned a Master of Science Degree in Building Construction and Facility Management. He is also an IFMA Certified Facility Manager and a CoreNet Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR). Joseph is well-versed in corporate real estate and facilities best-practices, and he uses this knowledge daily in his work for Troutman Pepper.
Chris Ruschaupt joined Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP in 2018 as Director of Administrative Project Management with responsibility for firm-wide real estate, design, and construction matters. He also supports the firm’s operations, information technology, and facilities management teams. Prior to 2018 Mr. Ruschaupt spent 10 years with CBRE, Inc. as a Senior Director of Project Management, primarily representing law-firm clients.
As the managing director of operations for Faegre Drinker, John Stanley draws on his experience in law firm operations, strategic planning and cross-functional leadership to oversee office operations functions across the firm.
In addition to managing the firm’s leasing and real estate-related capital projects, John oversees procurement and sourcing, research and information services, hospitality and facilities operations departments for the firm’s 21 locations across the U.S., U.K. and China.
Paul brings a deep bench of experience in corporate real estate and is currently the Director of Real Estate for Perkins Coie, a leading international law firm with more than 1,100 lawyers across the United States and Asia. In his role, Paul is responsible for leading all aspects of the firm’s RE portfolio including, transactions, lease administration, design and construction.