01 March 2017 at 09:58 BST

Keep fit while you work with DC law firm

As Venable moves its DC Headquarters to a state-of-the-art building at 600 Massachusetts Avenue, staff will also be getting into shape with treadmill desks in designated open areas.

Ekachai Wongsakul

‘Consistent with our long-standing focus on employee wellness, we are providing treadmill desks in designated open areas for those who prefer to work that way.  In addition, every employee – attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, and professional staff – has an adaptable workstation that includes a motorised standing desk,’ explained Brian L Schwalb, the firm’s Partner in Charge of the Washington, DC office. 

Staff amenities

There is also an onsite, state-of-the-art fitness center for employees who want to exercise before, during, or after work, a healthy-choice cafe and self-serve market to provide nutritional options for employees. There is a rooftop bocce court, so that the firm can continue its tradition of bocce tournaments, which it says fosters a spirit of community among attorneys and staff. And, in efforts to reflect a culture of collaboration, teamwork and open communication between staff and attorneys, the firm has incorporated clear glass walls, open interior staircases, and flexible workspaces.

Largest tenant

The new office is home base for some 400 attorneys and staff members.  Venable is the building’s largest tenant, occupying 80 percent of the building and some 270,000 square feet across seven floors, one partial floor and a ground-level reception area.


The new office is energy efficient, with LEED® Platinum certification – the highest level of achievement in sustainability.  It includes a high-performance, energy-efficient HVAC system and high-performance windows that allow daylight to enter the building while blocking 70 percent of the sun's heat to keep the building cool in the summer.  There is also an extensive water conservation system that will significantly reduce consumption and discharge into the regional storm water infrastructure. 


Venable LLP has a total of 700 attorneys in nine offices across the country including California, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and Washington, DC.


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