During the late summer of 2004, an uncommon number of law department managers began asking the consultants at Altman Weil, Inc. about the use of cubicles as working space for lawyers in corporate America. It appears that corporate-wide space efficiency and cost cutting measures are causing a number of corporate law departments to consider moving some or all of their lawyers into cubicles.
Part of this effort appears to be driven by a concern for equity, as many business managers and executives are moving, or have moved, to cubicles. Business members are clients of the law department. Therefore, there is concern that some animosity might be created if lawyers with equivalent status within the corporation are in private offices, while the business clients are in cubicles.