The personal injury law firm of Dudley DeBosier has purchased its distinctive Government Street office building for $2.3 million and plans to expand the space to accommodate a growing business.

A limited liability company set up by Steven DeBosier, Chad Dudley and James H. Peltier Jr., the three partners at the firm, bought the building from a group set up by Thomas Pittenger in a deal that was filed with the East Baton Rouge Clerk of Court’s office Tuesday. Pittenger had been a partner in the E. Eric Guirard and Associates law firm, which was sold to DeBosier, Dudley and Peltier. Guirard and Pittenger were disbarred by the Louisiana Supreme Court in May 2009 for paying nonlawyers commissions to settle claims. Pittenger has been readmitted to the bar; Guirard has applied for readmission.

Dudley said the firm exercised an option it had to buy the office building at 1075 Government St, which resembles a Spanish villa. “We love the location,” he said.

Plans are to add 5,000 to 7,000 square feet to the nearly 10,000-square-foot office building. The space will be added to the back of the building, Dudley said.

“We’re growing down here and we need the space,” he said. Over the past six months, six new attorneys have joined the firm, bringing the total number of lawyers at Dudley DeBosier to 22. About 80 people work at the office.

No timetable has been set yet for the addition. “We wanted to get past the purchase first,” Dudley said.

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