Law Redesigned

Written by Lindsey Osborne

Photography by Edward Badham

If there’s a word that perfectly sums up the law offices of Zarzaur Mujumdar and Debrosse—home of trial lawyers Gregory Zarzaur, Anil Mujumdar, and Diandra Debrosse Zimmermann—it’s unexpected. A law office might be the last place that comes to mind as being a leader in local art and design, but Zarzaur Mujumdar and Debrosse are here to challenge the status quo. “One look at the group or their office and it is plainly clear that these are not stereotypical lawyers and it is not a stereotypical law office,” says Ruth Zarzaur, Gregory’s wife and the firm’s PR and marketing director. “From their colorful wardrobes to their animated storytelling, this is not an understated group; they are loud and clever and enthralling and the office space matches the unique intensity of their desire to fight for justice.”

Shortly before the firm formed in March 2015, the group chose their space, located on Second Avenue North. Designed by Jeremy Erdreich, Zarzaur says the space gave them the freedom to create an office that would meet all of their needs. She took the lead on much of the interior design, which utilizes bright pops of color, modern artwork (including pieces by John Lytle Wilson, Barbara Zarzaur, and Ed Williford), and a mid-century aesthetic to put clients at ease and give employees a space to both work and play. In the name of the latter, the office closes each Wednesday a half hour early for the company yoga class. “Our goal has always been to do meaningful work and remain authentic to ourselves and what matters most to us, which is our clients, our families, and our world,” Zarzaur says. “The office echoes that sentiment and builds a great sense of community. We are a close group and we have a lot of fun together; from the cozy kitchen where green smoothies are constantly being made to the recycling bins, the ‘Justice for Y’all’ reusable bags, and the office bike, it’s all a reflection of us.”

_EBV2749 (1)One zone of the office that is particularly important to the team is the children’s area, which caters to both the children of the employees and some of the younger clients the group represents. Their goal is to make every child feel as comfortable as possible, and of course, to give them all a place to play. “We never wanted an office that felt cold or unwelcoming to our children or the children we represent. One of the first things we decided upon was the space for the kids’ playroom. My office is connected to the kid-friendly area by a large standup desk and we had a playhouse built in underneath to connect the two. The kids love climbing in the playhouse and peeking out the windows of it to see what I am up to,” Zarzaur says. “A great deal of the work Greg does involves representing children who are the victims of sexual abuse and survivors of human trafficking. We want the office to feel safe and welcoming to our clients. Whether a mother needs to change a baby’s diaper or a 6-year-old wants to take a break from the heartache that landed him in a lawyer’s office to build a puzzle, it’s important to us that our office accommodates their needs as well.”

The team says it’s exciting to both work in the name of justice and do it in a space that reflects their personalities and eases the stress that can arise from their profession. “About once a week, the office gets confused for either an art gallery, an advertising agency, or a yoga studio,” Zarzaur says. “We like it that way.” ∞

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