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Steinberg Garellek is a boutique law firm specializing in commercial and residential real estate transactions, international and domestic tax and estate planning. The firm was established in 2011 by Lawrence Steinberg and Steven Garellek who were partners at a large South Florida law firm. Steinberg Garellek’s offices were originally in the Via Mizner offices on South Federal Highway. When word got out that Penn Florida was going to demolish and redevelop the Via Mizner offices into a condo-hotel, Steinberg Garellek went looking for new space. As it turned out, the Via Mizner complex is to be redeveloped into the Mandarin Oriental hotel and residences in the next couple of years.
1. Where did the inspiration for your office space design come from?
The partners discovered that the former III Forks/Philippe Chow restaurant space in the 200 East Residential Condo Building was available. They explored the purchase and conversion of restaurant space to law office space. This was a daunting task and required a complete interior demolition and reconstruction. Sophisticated cooking and fire safety infrastructure, restaurant equipment and a glass walled wine room had to be completely dismantled and removed. Steinberg Garellek was assisted in this endeavor by Auer Designs and GSD Contracting. The new office combines high tech innovation, high end finishes (but not over the top) and a comfortable feel. The restaurant space was larger than what was needed by Steinberg Garellek but their existing co-tenants from the Via Mizner office, Kopelowitz Ostrow, Mindy Stein, P.A. and Richard Rappaport agreed to join Steinberg Garellek in the new space.
2. What is your favorite part/design of your office space and why?
The location is fantastic as it is close to all amenities. It is comfortable yet offers all the comforts and convenience of a high tech office. An interactive office conferencing system, Microsoft Surface Hub, will be installed in the next couple of weeks in one of the conference rooms – one of the first in Palm Beach County. We love being on the ground floor as you can see and feel vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The office feels alive as you do your work but have a direct view of a busy intersection with people jogging, walking their dogs and enjoying the outdoors.
3. Tell us about your company and what it means to you to have a well-designed office space?
The space is very innovative for a law office. Typically law offices are located in the above ground floors in commercial office buildings. Law Chambers is located on the ground floor of a luxury residential condominium building in what would typically be retail space. The windowed offices of the attorneys overlook a covered pedestrian walkway that used to be outside seating and bar area for the restaurants. Steven Garellek’s office is actually located in what was the dishwashing area of Philippe Chow. There was some uncertainty as to how the ground floor retail space could be adapted to a law office. But it has worked out tremendously. The office is prominently identified as Law Chambers at the southeast corner of East Palmetto Park Road and Mizner Boulevard in the heart of Downtown Boca Raton. Some of the residents of the condo building have observed that people have remarked that they live in the “Law Chambers Building”.