Baker & McKenzie at a Glance

The Buzz

  • “Great global practice”
  • “Big 5”
  • “High pay”
  • “Too big”

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 (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

Ongoing
Lateral Moves

Baker & McKenzie continues to grow in North America, having added 40 lateral partners to the firm in the last two years across a variety of practices, including M&A, Employment, Litigation, Tax, IP, and Banking and Finance.

April 2016
Leading Ladies

Baker & McKenzie has been ranked among the best law firms for women lawyers in the US by Law360. The rankings are based on women's representation at the partner and non-partner levels, as well as the total number of women attorneys.

March 2016
Moving on Up

Law360 ranked the 400 largest law firms in the US based on attorney headcount, and Baker & McKenzie moved up 13 spots, one of the largest increases of any firm in the top 50, due in part to the firm's continued focus on growing its capabilities in North America.

Global Rankings

Baker & McKenzie once again earned the most number of rankings in Chambers Global, with 24% more citations than the second most-ranked firm. 26 partners in North America were recognized.

May 2016
To the Top

For the 16th consecutive year, Corporate Board Member magazine named Baker & McKenzie one of the top 25 corporate law firms in the US, based on a survey of more than 700 corporate directors and general counsels.

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Baker & McKenzie

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

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman of Executive Committee: Eduardo C. Leite
  • Hiring Partners: Paul Schick (Chicago); Robert H. Albaral (Dallas); Jonathan Martin (Houston); Simon Beck (Miami); Scott Brandman (NY); Emery Mitchell (San Francisco/Palo Alto); Richard Slowinski (DC)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 4,200

  • 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
    37 out of 37 (2015) (2Ls only)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Antitrust & Competition Law • Automotive • Banking & Finance • Capital Markets • Compensation & Employment • Compliance & Investigations • Dispute Resolution • Employment • Energy, Mining & Infrastructure • Energy & Natural Resources • Environmental • Financial Restructuring, Creditors’ Rights, Bankruptcy & Institutions • Global Structuring & Integration • Healthcare • Information Technology & Communications • Insurance • Intellectual Property • International Arbitration • International Commerce • Litigation • Mergers & Acquisitions • Private Equity • Real Estate & Hotels • Securities • Tax • Technology & Communications • White Collar Defense & Investigations in North America

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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