Baker McKenzie at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Interesting and prestigious clients”
  • “Global presence”
  • “Diversity in people and work”

Downers

  • “Guidelines for bonus”
  • “Certain partners”
  • “Large firm, so move slowly”

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.

The Original International Firm

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 5,000 attorneys (one-third of whom are partners) covering dozens of jurisdictions. Thanks to the firm's global footprint (77 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.

Got a Map?

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 eight 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 provides a detailed look at the firm's history.

IN THE NEWS

August 2017
Baker's Billions
Baker McKenzie announced global revenues for the fiscal year ended 30 June 2017 of $2.67 billion, another strong year for the firm. Baker McKenzie's total global revenues were up 5% in dollar terms compared to previous year. In US dollars, the firm's reporting currency, this translates into growth of 2.1%, highlighting the appreciation of the US dollar against most other currencies in the period.

July 2017
Advancing Gender Parity
For the seventh consecutive year, Baker McKenzie has been named one of the top law firms for women by Working Mother magazine, recognizing the firm's outstanding practices for retaining and promoting women lawyers. Published in the August/September issue of Working Mother, the annual recognition honors 50 law firms for "their policies in the advancement of women and for the implementation of work-life balance initiatives." Law360 also named Baker McKenzie among the top five best law firms for women attorneys in its 2017 Glass Ceiling Report.

April 2017
Focus on Sustainability
Baker McKenzie recently became the first law firm to join the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses working to promote sustainable practices. The WBCSD was formed to help make member companies more successful and sustainable by focusing on the maximum positive impact for shareholders, the environment, and societies.

March 2017
Agile Attorneys
Baker McKenzie launched a flexible work initiative for all employees in North America, providing increased access to a range of agile working arrangements including telecommuting and working alternative schedules. The program, called bAgile, is part of Baker McKenzie's global commitment to creating more opportunities for flexible working. The launch of bAgile is in part based on the results of a recent internal engagement survey that showed workplace flexibility was a key priority for many of the firm's employees.

February 2017
Top of Mind for Clients
Global legal consultancy Acritas recognized Baker McKenzie as the No. 3 law firm in the US in its 2017 US Law Firm Brand Index, based on a survey of 765 in-house counsel. The firm has risen a record 42 index points since the survey began in 2012, demonstrating continued growth in the US market. The US ranking follows Acritas naming Baker McKenzie as the strongest global law firm brand for the seventh year in a row.

By Design
Baker McKenzie recently launched a global innovation program to address changing client needs, new industry dynamics, and the broader role of digitization across the economy. A newly formed Innovation Committee will report to the firm's Executive Committee and ensure a firm-wide approach to innovation is incorporated into every aspect of the business's global operations. 

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Baker McKenzie

300 East Randolph
Suite 5000
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 861-8000

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chair of Executive Committee: Paul Rawlinson
  • Hiring Partners: Susan Ryba (Chicago); McKenzie Martin (Dallas); Emily Harbison (Houston); Scott Brandman (NY); William Roppolo (Miami); Emery Mitchell (San Francisco/Palo Alto); Pamela Dayanim (DC)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 5,041

  • Base Salary

    Miami, FL
    1st year: $145,000
    Summer associate: $2,788/week

    Other U.S. Offices
    1st year: $180,000
    Summer associate: $3,461/week


  • Summer Associate Offers
    41 out of 43 (2016) (2Ls only)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Antitrust & Competition • Aviation • Automotive • Banking & Finance • Capital Markets • Consumer Goods & Retail • Compliance & Investigations • Dispute Resolution • Energy, Mining & Infrastructure • Employment & Compensation • Environment & Climate Change • Global Structuring & Integration • Information Technology & Communications • Insurance • Intellectual Property • International Arbitration • International Commercial & Trade • Litigation • Mergers & Acquisitions • Private Equity • Real Estate • Restructuring & Insolvency • Securities • Tax • White Collar Defense & Investigations in North America

Major Office Locations

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