Baker & McKenzie at a Glance

The Buzz

  • “Global footprint”
  • “Strong IP”
  • “Unwieldy”
  • “Massive”

About Baker & McKenzie

Baker & McKenzie takes "global" to a whole new level, with its plethora of global offices spanning every continent. The firm's geographic and practice area diversification has enabled it to ride out financial storms while outrunning a legion of BigLaw competitors.

"Miss International"

These days, any firm with a few outposts outside its home city or a number of foreign-based clients proudly awards itself an "international law firm" sash. Baker & McKenzie, however, pretty much coined the term: it is by many measures the largest law firm in the world, with more than 4,200 attorneys (one-third of whom are partners) covering dozens of jurisdictions. Thanks to the firm's global footprint (76 offices in 47 countries, at last count), Baker & McKenzie remains unique among law firms. Diversity and inclusion are not just buzzwords at the firm, which includes citizens of over fifty countries who speak more than five dozen languages-a vibrant community including just about every race, color, religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation. 

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From the firm's early days in Chicago, founder Russell Baker wove internationalism into his overall strategy. Spending part of his youth in New Mexico, Baker learned Spanish and developed a lifelong interest in other cultures. In 1948, Baker shared a cab with trial lawyer John McKenzie, and by 1949, the two shared a legal practice. In 1955, the partnership established its second office and first outside the US in Caracas to serve the interests of a Venezuelan client; today Baker & McKenzie has numerous offices in Central and South America (a region that many law firms entered years later) and is the largest law firm in Mexico in addition to having the most lawyers in Latin America among the AmLaw 100.

The firm has more than 750 lawyers across nine offices in North America, as well as depth in all major global financial centers. London is the firm's largest office, with more global heads based there than in any other office across Baker's vast network. In an era when global M&A is on the rise, Baker handled more cross-border deals than any other law firm over the last two years.

Averaging just over one new office per year since its inception, the firm has defined rapid and steady growth without losing its reputation for quality legal work. Given its humble beginnings, its incredible growth, and its worldwide strength, the firm is understandably proud of its history. The firm's journey from that Chicago cab to global prominence hasn't escaped notice-there's even a book about it. Pioneering a Global Vision: The Story of Baker & McKenzie (Harcourt Professional Education Group-Chicago) provides a detailed look at the firm's history.


April 2015

Taking a Historic Step in China
Baker & McKenzie and FenXun Partners became the first international and PRC law firms to enter into a Joint Operation in the China (Shanghai) Free Trade Zone. Their Joint Operation is a historic step, as they are the first law firms to be approved by the PRC authorities to provide their clients with international and PRC law capacity through the Shanghai Free Trade Zone initiative. Baker & McKenzie was the first international law firm licensed to practice law in China when it opened in Beijing in 1993 and is the leading international law firm in China. The Joint Operation provides both firms with a unique platform through which they can offer both international and PRC law advice to their clients.

January 2015

Leading the Way in Cross-Border M&A
2014 set records for global M&A activity, and Baker & McKenzie was once again the No. 1 Firm for cross-border deals according to Thomson Reuters' data. The Firm handled 251 completed global M&A deals in 2014, placing it among the top 10 M&A legal advisors in the world by volume, according to Thomson Reuters' 2014 rankings. The Firm was also ranked No. 8 for completed deals with US involvement by value.

December 2014

Advising Merck on Major Transactions
In a banner year for pharmaceutical M&A, Baker & McKenzie served as lead M&A counsel to global pharmaceutical giant Merck on two major transactions - the sale of its consumer care business to Bayer for $14.2 billion, and its $9.5 billion acquisition of Cubist Pharmaceuticals. Baker & McKenzie Partner Olivia Tyrrell was named The American Lawyer's Dealmaker of the Week for her role leading the Baker & McKenzie team in the Cubist transaction.

October 2014

No. 1 Global Brand, Five Years Running
For the fifth consecutive year, Acritas named Baker & McKenzie the world's strongest law firm brand, ranking the Firm No. 1 globally in awareness, favorability, and consideration for cross-border deals and litigation. The ranking is based on interviews with more than 1,100 senior counsel at companies around the world with revenues in excess of $1 billion.

Reinforcing Strength with New Offices
Baker & McKenzie reinforced its depth of coverage in the region surrounding the Arabian peninsula with the opening of its office in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the Firm's seventh location in the Middle East and its 77th office worldwide. Jeddah is a major port city on the Red Sea and a key economic center, and the new location will allow the Firm to continue to strengthen its services for an increasing number of clients doing business there. The Firm also opened its second Global Services Center office in Belfast, Ireland to meet increasing client demand through delivery of innovative legal services, as well as an office in Brisbane, Australia, the Firm's 17th location in the Asia Pacific Region.

August 2014

Record Global Revenues
Baker & McKenzie announced record global revenues for the fiscal year ended 30 June 2014 (FY14) of US$2.54 billion, an increase of 5 percent on FY13.

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Baker & McKenzie

300 East Randolph
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 861-8000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman of Executive Committee: Eduardo C. Leite
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 4,200

  • Employment Contact
    Devin Carter
    Senior Attorney Recruiting Specialist
    E-mail: Dallas
    Pam Cofer
    Talent Manager
    E-mail: Houston
    Stacey Woodson
    Talent Manager
    E-mail: Miami
    Clement Noble
    Chief Operating Officer
    E-mail: New York
    Tara Bensol
    Attorney Recruiting Coordinator
    E-mail: San Francisco/Palo Alto
    Justinia Gardiner
    NA Attorney Recruiting Manager
    E-mail: Washington, DC
    Carolyn Wright
    HR/Recruiting Coordinator

  • Base Salary
    Chicago, IL; New York, NY; San Francisco/Palo Alto, CA; Texas offices; Washington, DC
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $ 3,076/week Miami, FL
    1st year: $130,000 (plus $5,000 signing bonus)

  • Summer Associate Offers
    28 out of 30 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust/Competition & Trade
    Banking & Finance
    Corporate Compliance
    Energy, Chemicals, Mining & Infrastructure
    Intellectual Property
    Litigation & Dispute Resolution
    Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare
    Private Equity
    Real Estate

Major Office Locations

  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Miami, FL
  • New York, NY
  • San Francisco/Palo Alto, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • +70 other offices worldwide
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