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Munsch Hardt Opts to Keep HQ at Ross Tower with New Lease

Jul 27, 2022
Dallas Business Journal

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr plans to relocate its headquarters within Ross Tower.

The Dallas-based firm first moved to the downtown tower in 2005 and has signed on for another 15 years at the property.

Munsch Hardt will move from floors 36, 38 and 39 to floors 40, 41 and 42 with architecture and design firm Gensler taking the reins on plans that will allow for the law firm’s continued growth and Pacific Builders tapped as the general contractor.

The firm has 50% more employees since it first made the move to Ross Tower, cataloging 176 employees along with record profit last year, and expects to move to the 77,009 square feet of new space in the fall of 2023.

Representing Munsch Hardt in the lease negotiations were Stream Managing Directors Craig Wilson and Dan Harris, Vice Chairman Randy Cooper, and Executive Vice President and Partner Tim Terrell.

“Starting this process in summer 2020 in the height of the pandemic required a lot of patience and creativity on all sides to ultimately develop what will be a very big win/win for both Munsch Hardt and Ross Tower,” said Wilson in a prepared statement.

HPI Real Estate Services & Investments’ Dallas Partner Hunter Lee, Vice President Ben Cuzen and Leasing Agent Luke Aviles represented the landlord, HPI, in the transaction.

“Our partnership is elated Munsch Hardt has chosen to renew its lease and recommit to Ross Tower on a long-term basis,” said Lee.

HPI has recently scored other law firm victories for the 45-story tower located at 500 N. Akard St. The granite and glass building announced nearly 60,000 square feet in fresh leases between Steptoe & Johnson, Kessler Collins, Godwin & Bowman, and McGinnis Lochridge in May.

Lee, Cuzen and Aviles also represented the landlord in each of these transactions, as well.

The momentum at Ross Tower can, in part, be attributed to the building’s renovation, which was completed in 2018. Tenants can avoid construction delays while also getting a refreshed space.

“Some companies may have been in the same office for 10 to 15 years, and it has gone a little bit stale. From a job recruitment and an overall employee satisfaction standpoint, a lot of the feedback we’re getting is that they want to be in a new space,” said Cuzen in an interview in May.

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