Firms want short-term rent relief during the COVID-19 crisis as they rethink their future real estate needs. But a recent lawsuit involving Jenner & Block shows those conversations don’t always work out.

Forced out of their pricey commercial office buildings for months and grappling with the sudden COVID-19 recession, law firms have been negotiating over their leases—or even winding up in litigation—in search of relief from real estate costs.