Paul Hastings is expecting its attorneys and staff to go back to the office in September and to come into work in-person as a default, according to a Friday memo.
The memo, viewed by Bloomberg Law and sent to the firm by Paul Hastings chair Seth Zachary and managing partners Greg Nitzkowski and Ronan O’Sullivan, set Sept. 7 as the date by which both staff and attorneys, should be working from the office.
“We understand and respect the flexibility that individual circumstances will require. But, by default, we should work from the office when we are able,” the memo said.
“This return to office is as important for helping to nurture and strengthen our sense of culture, teamwork and collaboration as it is for serving clients at the highest levels,” the memo added.
The firm’s offices in the U.S. will be opening for use starting on June 6 with core support services, according to the memo. It encouraged personnel to reacquaint themselves with office procedures and health and safety requirements over the summer.
The firm’s announcement is the latest in a series of reopening plans Big Law firms have laid out in recent weeks. Dechert announced yesterday it would return to the office in mid-September, with its lawyers working at least half their time from the firm’s office space.