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Archer plans HQ shift to former American Water building (updated)

South Jersey’s largest law firm is moving its headquarters into the former American Water building in Voorhees in January, Archer announced Dec. 21.

The firm said the move from its current space in Haddonfield will position it for growth and expansion within a more collaborative and technologically advanced facility.

Firm President Christopher Gibson said the 72,342-square-foot space at 1025 Laurel Oak Road reflects a new chapter for the firm. The space will house 90 attorneys and nearly 100 staff.

“Archer has long-standing, deep roots in New Jersey, even as we expand throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, and we’re happy to continue to call New Jersey our primary home,” Gibson said.

American Water left the location for a new headquarters in Camden in December 2018. Moorestown-based commercial real estate firm Strategic Funding Alternatives LLC bought the building for $4 million in February 2020.

The revitalized three-story building includes collaborative, tech-enabled workspaces; a conference center that can accommodate gatherings from large seminars to smaller, private consultations; and an elevated newsfeed video wall in the Atrium where employees can work together or grab a bite to eat.

In addition to the Voorhees space, Archer will have more than 170 lawyers practicing in eight offices including Hackensack, Princeton and Red Bank; Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pa.; Wilmington, Del.; and New York.

Camden County Commissioner Director Louis Cappelli Jr. said the firm’s growing footprint in the county “is good for our local economy and good for our overall business community.”

“Keeping a firm the size and scope of Archer here is a testament to everything this county can offer from proximity to clients. This new campus for Archer sends one very clear message- Camden County is open for business,” Capelli said.

Christina Renna, president and CEO of the South Jersey Chamber of Commerce, echoed Cappelli’s sentiments.

“Archer is a premiere law firm that will continue making an outsized impact on our local and regional economy,” Renna said. “We couldn’t be happier to see them expanding their campus and spreading their wings here in South Jersey.”

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