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Kastle's reach of buildings, businesses and cardholders secured generates millions of access events daily as users enter office complexes, and individual company workspaces. Charted percentages reflect unique authorized user entries in each market relative to a pre-COVID baseline, averaged weekly.*

*On March 22, 2021, Kastle moved from daily to weekly data reporting to provide a more robust and comprehensive picture of office occupancy. We have also recalculated data back to the start of the time series for consistency. This has only a marginal impact on most cities and the national average.

Chart by Kastle Systems showing that the legal industry is returning to work faster than other industry's commercial offices in 2021

Legal Industry Return to Office Outpaces Broader Commercial Office Average As Tracked by Kastle Systems Back to Work Barometer

Anonymized aggregated occupancy data indicates when and where the legal industry is returning to offices

With coronavirus vaccinations expanding nationwide to all adults later this month, business leaders are anticipating an acceleration in the return to the office. Kastle's Back to Work Barometer has tracked this phenomenon in ten major cities nationwide over the past year, revealing regional and industry differences in return to the office. A fresh review of access to office buildings finds the legal industry consistently exceeds the average, while tracking overall patterns.

With extensive depth in the legal industry securing 49 firms of the AmLaw100, Kastle Systems, the country's largest managed security services provider to commercial businesses, is sharing anonymized aggregated access data from Kastle-secured businesses in the legal industry to better understand office occupancy patterns following COVID-19.

Compared to the ten-city average on the Kastle Back to Work Barometer, the legal industry is returning to the office at rates 10 percentage points higher than other businesses. A spotlight on Washington, D.C., New York City, Houston and Chicago reveal similar patterns.