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

Uppers

  • “Good work-life balance”
  • “Commitment to pro bono”
  • “Transparency”

Downers

  • “Weak bonus structure”
  • “No clerkship bonus”
  • “Competitiveness for shareholder consideration”

The Buzz

  • “Good regional firm”
  • “Family friendly”
  • “Eccentric”
  • “Southern”

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

A firm with offices across the Southeast as well as locations in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC, 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.

Three Generations of Bakers

The firm that would become Baker Donaldson was founded in Huntsville, Tennessee in 1888 by James F. Baker. Baker's son, U.S. Representative Howard Baker, Sr., and grandson Howard Baker, Jr, who served as U.S. Senator, Majority Leader, and White House Chief of Staff, were also attorneys at the firm. Howard Baker Sr. was the last lawyer at Baker Donelson's original Huntsville office, which closed its doors after his death in 2014.

21st Century Growth Spurt

From those humble beginnings, Baker Donelson has since expanded to become one of the largest law firms in the country, and 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 775 by 2017. In 2016 Baker Donelson expanded its reach by adding an office in South Carolina. The firm continued to grow in 2017 by merging with the law firm of Ober | Kaler in Maryland, Virginia and an additional office in Washington D.C.

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."

Best Place to Work

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 8 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; Jackson, MS; Memphis and Nashville, TN; and Houston, TX.

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

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman and CEO: Ben C. Adams
  • Hiring Partner: Jennifer P. Keller
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 798

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $92,000 - $130,000
    Summer associate: $1,200 - $2,100/week

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Admiralty & Maritime • Alternative Dispute Resolution • Antitrust • Broker-Dealer/ Investment Adviser • Business Succession Planning • Business Technology • Commercial Real Estate Recovery • Construction • Corporate Compliance, Ethics and Crisis Management • Disaster Recovery and Government Services • Economic Development • eDiscovery and Information Governance • Emerging Companies • Eminent Domain • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation • Environmental • Estate Planning and Probate • Exempt Organizations and Nonprofits • FDA • Federal Aerospace and Defense Policy • Financial Services • Gaming • Global Business • Government Contracts • Health Law • Higher Education • Hospitality, Franchising and Distribution • Immigration • Insurance Regulatory • Intellectual Property • Intellectual Property & Technology Litigation • Labor & Employment • Legal Project Management • Litigation • Manufacturing • Mergers and Acquisitions • Oil & Gas • Privacy and Information Security • Pro Bono • Product Liability and Mass Tort • Public Finance • Public Policy - State • Real Estate • Securities and Corporate Governance • Taxation - Federal Income, Employment and Other • Taxation - State and Local • Telecommunications • Transportation • White Collar Crime and Government Investigations

Major Office Locations

  • Atlanta, GA • Baltimore, MD • Baton Rouge, LA • Birmingham, AL • Chattanooga, TN • Columbia, SC • Falls Church, VA • Fort Lauderdale, FL • Houston, TX • Jackson, MS • Johnson City, TN • Knoxville, TN • Macon, GA • Mandeville, LA • Memphis, TN • Montgomery, AL • Nashville, TN • New Orleans, LA • Orlando, FL • Tallahassee, FL • Towson, MD • Washington, DC • Washington, D.C. (City Center)