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JLL Represents Law Firm Trenam Kemker in Lease Renewal of Corporate HQ at Bank of America Plaza in Tampa

The transaction represents the largest law firm office renewal in the Tampa Bay area this year 

TAMPA, May 15, 2014 – In one of the most significant office transactions this year, JLL (NYSE:JLL) has secured an office lease for over 40,000-square-foot of office space on behalf of law firm Trenam Kemker at Bank of America Plaza located at 101 E. Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa, Florida. With this transaction, the law firm will keep its corporate headquarters in the Tampa Bay area and occupy space on the 22nd, 26th and 27th floors at the class A office tower.

JLL’s Managing Director Chris Butler and Vice President Jimmy Ullrich completed the office transaction on behalf of the tenant, Trenam Kemker, which is recognized as a leader among Florida’s premier law firms with more than 90 attorneys and ranked among the top law firms in size and breadth of practice. The Bank of America Plaza was represented by CBRE’s Anne-Marie Ayers, First Vice President, and Philip Weber, Vice President. 

“In completing the lease on behalf of Trenam Kemker, we focused on securing favorable lease terms that would allow the law firm to modernize its office space, reflective of the move towards a more engaging and collaborative environment that we are seeing among law firms nationwide,” said JLL’s Managing Director Chris Butler. “Trenam Kemker represents one of the largest tenants in the class A office tower, making this a significant renewal not only for the office building, but also for the broader office market.” 

Closing this month, the transaction represents the latest office lease completed in the Tampa Bay office market, which continues to strengthen and experience an accelerated recovery. Downtown Tampa has the largest year-over-year decrease in direct vacancy since the turn of the century. The current vacancy rate of 13.9% is below the submarket’s five-year low and 10-year averages of 17.2% and 17.0%, respectively, according to JLL’s first quarter Office Insight report. The report shows vacancy is expected to continue to decline throughout this year to below historic averages for the market in its entirety.

The Bank of America office tower totalling 786,419 square feet is centrally located within the Tampa Central Business District and its amenities include a café, fitness center, conference facility and atrium.

“The signing is evidence of our all-in commitment to the Tampa Bay business community,” said Hal Mullis, President of Trenam Kemker. “We look forward to reconfiguring our space to take full advantage of new technologies and collaborative work environments to accommodate the unique desires of our workforce that is trending younger.  We believe all of this will help us to better serve our clients.” 

About Trenam Kemker
Founded in 1970, Trenam Kemker ranks among the largest law firms in Florida, with offices in Tampa and St. Petersburg. Trenam Kemker works regionally with clients in the areas of bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and insolvency, business transactions, commercial litigation, construction law and government contracting, employment law, health care, employee benefits, real estate transactions and lending, and private client services. The firm is committed to the service of its clients, the community and the improvement of the legal profession. For more information, visit Trenam Kemker online at

About JLL 
JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. With annual fee revenue of $4 billion, JLL has more than 200 corporate offices and operates in 75 countries worldwide. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 3 billion square feet and completed $99 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2013. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $48.0 billion of real estate assets under management. For further information, visit ​