Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC at a Glance


  • “We have a small office culture with big firm resources”
  • “I would be happy to grab a beer with any Baker Donelson attorney”
  • “Seamless integration between offices”


  • “Computer systems”
  • “Pressure to be profitable”
  • “Prospects of becoming an equity partner”

The Buzz

  • “Friendly and professional”
  • “Healthcare law”
  • “Underrated”
  • “Functional as local counsel”

About Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

A firm with offices across the Southeast as well as locations in Washington, DC and London, Baker Donelson is a full-service law firm that also boasts a strong public policy practice supported by a policy advisor team with multiple ties to DC Baker Donelson represents clients nationally and internationally in more than 30 practice areas.

21st Century Growth Spurt

James Baker, grandfather of current partner Howard Baker, founded the firm in Huntsville, Tennessee in 1888. The firm's recent growth has been swift and certain. The firm grew from 270 attorneys and public policy advisors in 2003 to more than 670 by 2013. In 2011 and 2012, Baker Donelson expanded its reach by combining with smaller local firms in Houston and Orlando. The firm continued to grow in 2013 with the addition of an office in Ft. Lauderdale. Baker Donelson plans to continue to expand based on client needs.

Baker Donelson does not reserve its largesse for its clients alone--the firm has also been one of the few law firms to rank in Fortune's 100 best companies to work for list 5 years in a row, earning praise from the magazine for its "strong commitment to public service" and higher than average salaries for multiple levels of personnel. The firm has also been recognized by the Atlanta Journal Constitution's "Top Workplaces in Atlanta" and Business Alabama's "Best Companies to Work for in Alabama." It has been named to "Best Places to Work" lists in Birmingham, AL; Atlanta, GA; New Orleans, LA; Memphis and Nashville, TN; Jackson, MS and Houston, TX.

Innovative Service Delivery

Baker Donelson emphasizes technology and strives to continually improving service delivery to clients. One example of this is the firm's patent pending legal project management system called BakerManage. This collaborative platform, among other things, provides clients with real-time access to project status, documents, budgets and expenses. Clients and legal team members can store and share documents, communicate with each other and view content. BakerManage was recognized by the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) in 2012 with a Distinguished Peer Award for "Project of the Year."

A Global Outlook

To meet client needs nationally and internationally, the firm formed a Global Business Team. This group of more than 45 professionals has helped U.S. and non-U.S. clients take advantage of global opportunities in over 90 countries spanning six continents. Members of the team routinely work with U.S. clients in China, Japan, the United Kingdom, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America. The team also regularly assists non-U.S. businesses and individuals in connection with their activities within the United States.

The firm is also associated with the Howard Baker Forum--a bipartisan domestic policy and international relations think tank which, according to the firm's site, provides "a platform for examining specific, immediate, critical issues affecting the nation's progress at home and its relations abroad." 

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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

First Tennessee Building
165 Madison Avenue Suite 2000
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 526-2000
Fax: (901) 577-2303


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman and CEO: Ben C. Adams
  • Hiring Partner: Jerry Stauffer
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 696

  • Employment Contact
    Rebecca P. Simon
    Director of Recruiting
    Phone: (205) 244-3814
    Fax: (205) 488-3814

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $92,000 - $120,000
    2nd year: $98,000 - $125,000
    3rd year: $98,000 - $125,000
    4th year: $101,000 - $125,000
    5th year: $104,000 - $132,000
    6th year: $107,000 - $140,000
    7th year: $110,000 - $148,000
    Summer associate: $1,200 - $2,100/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    17 out of 30 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Admiralty & Maritime
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Bankruptcy and Commercial Restructuring
    Broker-Dealer/Registered Investment Adviser
    Business Technology
    Commercial Real Estate Recovery
    Corporate Compliance, Ethics and Crisis Management
    Disaster Recovery and Government Services
    Economic Development
    Emerging Companies
    Eminent Domain
    Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
    Estate Planning and Probate
    Exempt Organizations and Nonprofits
    Financial Institutions
    Global Business
    Government Contracts
    Health Law
    Hospitality, Franchising and Distribution
    Insurance Regulatory
    Intellectual Property
    Intellectual Property & Technology Litigation
    Labor & Employment
    Legal Project Management
    Mergers and Acquisitions
    Mortgage Lending and Servicing
    National Security and Defense
    Oil & Gas
    Pro Bono
    Product Liability and Mass Tort
    Public Finance
    Public Policy
    Real Estate
    Residential Mortgage Lending and Servicing
    Securities and Corporate Governance
    Sports Law
    White Collar Crime and Government Investigations

Major Office Locations

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Houston, TX
  • Huntsville, TN
  • Jackson, MS
  • Johnson City, TN
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Macon, GA
  • Mandeville, LA
  • Memphis, TN
  • Montgomery, AL
  • Nashville, TN
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Orlando, FL
    Washington, DC
  • London
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