Retro Cool Buildings Lure L.A. Tenants

When a group of prominent Los Angeles trial attorneys started its own firm in January, it shunned the sleek office skyscrapers that typically house blue-chip firms.

Hueston Hennigan instead set up shop in the century-old PacMutual office complex downtown, a stone edifice housing internet startups, fashion firms and other creative types where rents are hitting $4 a foot, about double that of some big towers.

"We looked at all the tall, square buildings where every other law firm is," said Moez Kaba, a partner at Hueston Hennigan. "Then we fell in love with PacMutual."

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