On April 1, 2012, Shipley Snell moved its office to the 14th floor of the historic 712 Main Building, formerly called the J.P. Morgan Chase Bank Building, in downtown Houston.
The building has been described as “an explosion of art deco glory aimed skyward . . . half way between a wedding cake and a medieval castle.” Once the headquarters of Gulf Oil, it is one of the most important Art Deco skyscrapers in the southern United States. Commissioned by Jesse Holman Jones, one of Houston’s best known bankers, newspaper owners, and builders, and completed in 1929, it remained the tallest building in Houston until 1963, when the Exxon Building surpassed it.
Although located in a historic building, Shipley Snell’s office space is contemporary, reflecting at once both the firm’s dedication to the best traditions of legal excellence and its fresh approach to providing legal services. The firm embraced an open office concept, emphasizing collaboration and the value that each person at the firm brings.
On the practical side, the new office is located in a more central part of downtown, with easy access to rail lines and within walking distance to courthouses. And it allows the firm to service clients better, with additional (and expandable) conference rooms, as well as space for clients to work away from their offices. The new space also provides room for growth.
About the move, firm co-founder George Shipley said, “We are excited to work in a very modern office that happens to be located in one of Houston’s most historic buildings. The office space reflects the firm’s personality and creative thinking, while holding true to our core values such as client loyalty.”