Keith Law Firm sells W. Seventh building

05/07/2014 4:07 PM

05/07/2014 11:35 PM

The Keith Law Firm has sold its building on the western edge of downtown Fort Worth along the Trinity River and will move back to the City Center office towers downtown.

The three-story, nearly 17,000-square-foot building at 1705 W. Seventh St., with panoramic views of downtown and the river, was bought by the American Association of Professional Landmen, according to deed records.

Darrell Keith, founder and majority shareholder of the law firm he owns with his daughter Courtney Keith, said the firm has downsized over the years and no longer needs so much space.

Keith built the building, designed by architect Byron Folse, and moved there in 1996 from what was then called the Texas Commerce Bank Tower at 201 Main St., where the firm had its offices for 15 years.

In July, the firm will move to about 7,000 square feet in the D.R. Horton Tower at 301 Commerce St., the other City Center tower owned by the Bass family.

At its peak, the firm’s staff included 25 attorneys and support workers. That number has dropped to about a dozen, Keith said, as a result of tort reform in Texas, the 2003 constitutional amendment that capped some damage awards in lawsuits.

The firm specializes in medical malpractice suits.

“We’re still going strong,” Keith said. “We have a very strong practice and a very strong referral base. We had to make adjustments. We are very pleased and excited to be back downtown.”

He declined to disclose the terms of the sale.

The American Association of Professional Landmen is a 60-year-old trade organization with about 20,000 members nationwide, according to its website.

A spokeswoman could not be reached for comment Wednesday. The group’s office is at 4100 Fossil Creek Blvd. in Fort Worth.

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