Best Places to Work 2021: Technology was key for Warren & Griffin amid pandemic

C. Mark Warren, left, and John Mark Griffin, with the local law firm Warren and Griffin, P.C., are photographed in their offices in the Dome Building on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Since the Chattanooga law firm Warren & Griffin is an almost paperless office, the technology was in place to work from anywhere when the coronavirus pandemic struck, company officials say.

The firm allowed its support staff to work from home if they wanted. While some support staff preferred to work in the office setting, Warren & Griffin followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to keep them safe.

Warren and Griffin officials say it has always been a family-first law firm, allowing employees to attend school events, recitals or sports games. John Mark Griffin and C. Mark Warren were involved with their children as they grew up, and the firm seeks to nurture that same relationship with its employees' families, they say.

During the pandemic, instead of family-first fun activities, the firm was more focused on family-first safety, Warren says.