Getting two lawyers to agree about anything is difficult enough, so getting two of the largest law firms in Los Angeles to agree to move from Century City to Olympic Boulevard and the San Diego Freeway must rank with the great real estate achievements of the past decade.
The two firms--Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg & Tunney and Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp--have moved into the $55-million Trident Center at 11355-77 Olympic Blvd., West Los Angeles. The landmark building is the culmination of an idea that builder/developer Sam Gilbert first proposed about five years ago.
Gilbert, of Sam Gilbert & Associates, Encino, reached an agreement in 1980 with the two law firms to construct the complex with an equity participation plan, marketed by Security First Group in 1983. Gilbert is the general partner, the two law firms are limited partners and Security First Group is a limited partner.
The 3.6-acre site on Olympic between Purdue and Corinth avenues, formerly occupied by Hansen Chevrolet, was rezoned to permit a parking structure, and Matlin & Dvoretzky Architects, Santa Monica, designed a 323,000-square-foot complex with two 10-story towers linked by a four-level parking structure topped by a landscaped sports and dining park.