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


  • “Cutting-edge parental leave policy”
  • “Yoga in the office every Tuesday and an on-site massage therapist twice a week”
  • “Transparent on all levels”


  • “Paltry associate bonuses”
  • “The support staff”
  • “Excess training”

The Buzz

  • “Good regional firm”
  • “Big in Tennessee”

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.

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 Donaldson's original Huntsville office, which closed its doors after his death in 2014.

21st Century Growth Spurt

From those humble beginnings, Baker Donaldson 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 700 by 2015. 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 and 2014 with the addition of offices in Ft. Lauderdale and Tallahassee.

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 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.

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: Jennifer P. Keller
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 709

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $92,000 - $120,000
    Summer associate: $1,200 - $2,100/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    20 out of 31 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Admiralty & Maritime
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Broker-Dealer/ Investment Adviser
    Business Succession Planning
    Business Technology
    Commercial Real Estate Recovery
    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
    Estate Planning and Probate
    Exempt Organizations and Nonprofits
    Federal Aerospace and Defense Policy
    Financial Services
    Global Business
    Government Contracts
    Health Law
    Higher Education
    Hospitality, Franchising and Distribution
    Insurance Regulatory
    Intellectual Property
    Intellectual Property & Technology Litigation
    Labor & Employment
    Legal Project Management
    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
    White Collar Crime and Government Investigations

Major Office Locations

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Ft. 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
  • Washington, DC
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