“Views from the Corner Office”
Emily Parker rarely uses her corner office to entertain clients. It’s just too messy, with too many confidential papers on her desk, said the managing partner of Thompson & Knight LLP, who became the firm’s first female attorney 41 years ago. On the rare occasions that Parker, 65, holds an in-house meeting in her office, she’s not trying to impress anyone. “A managing partner of a law firm doesn’t have to have a power office to show their power,” Parker said. “I’m not looking to create a statement with my office, this is a practical working space for me.” That no-nonsense persona comes across in the atmosphere of her office at One Arts Plaza in Dallas, where she oversees 180 attorneys. Thompson & Knight has 320 attorneys in offices from Austin to Algiers.