The design philosophy was to reflect a bright and colorful team of lawyers, along with their pride of diversity in ethnicity and sexual orientation. Their new space was to reflect the classic and timeless quality in the legal services they provide to their clients. The client’s existing art collection contributed in developing the design philosophy for various areas within the space. The gay floral influence of the Jame Rosenquist painting and darker wood flooring in the reception seating area reflected the South American and Caribbean ethnicity of some employees and clients. Other areas of the design include a subtle Japanese influence at the reception desk, an African influence in the pantry, and a classic modern European Carrara marble timelessness in the private offices and conference rooms. All of the cultural influences were subtle but important for the client to explain their story and philosophy to their diverse law clients. Each “hot spot” of color area was transitioned by a neutral “classic” color pallet that shall remain timeless and modern.
The project objective shall reflect the firm’s brand of diversity, inclusion, transparency, and fairness. The client works in the notoriously brutal world of entertainment legal dealings. The goal of the founding partner was deceptively simple: staying hyper-vigilant about keeping talent safe, sound and well-compensated. Celebrity earning power only exists in most cases for a limited period of time. Her goal is to make sure her clients remain protected and share in all revenue streams. She never focuses on being a prominent woman African-American attorney as a primary part of her work. While many of her clients are well-known black entertainers, she says, “I feel extremely lucky to be in the position to provide minority talent with superior representation, but it’s not like I thought to myself, ‘I have to go out and be some kind of savior.’ I’ve just focused on doing a good job and building a good practice.” That means holding her own among entertainment industry sharks, which, she says, doesn’t necessitate that she behave like one herself. While she’s known for being tough, she says she plays fair. In fact, she has turned down potential clients who insisted that their representation “kill” the other side. “I had a couple of people who said outright that they wanted an attorney that everybody would detest,” she says. “I’m focused on solutions that get the client all they deserve, but I don’t feel like I have to destroy the opposition in the process.”