Baker & McKenzie at a Glance

The Buzz

  • “Truly global”
  • “Great for international law”
  • “Overly large"
  • “Franchise”

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 hundreds of jurisdictions. Thanks to the firm's sprawling network (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. 

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 first foreign office 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.

The firm has a plethora of offices outside the Americas as well, with locations in all major financial centers. Interestingly, New York has never been the main outpost for the firm; the Chicago office-where the firm was founded-remains more than double the size of New York. Nevertheless, London is the firm's largest office, with more global heads based there than in any other office across Baker's vast network.

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.

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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 2014: 4,200

  • Employment Contact
    Eleonora Nikol
    Recruitment Coordinator
    Phone: (312) 861-8924
    E-mail: Dallas
    Shari Price
    Chief Operating Officer
    Phone: 214-965-7260
    E-mail: Houston
    Cathleen Cantrell
    Recruiting Assistant
    Phone: 713-236-5136
    E-mail: Miami
    Clement Noble
    Chief Operating Officer
    Phone: (305) 789-8908
    E-mail: New York
    Tara Warren
    Legal Recruiting Coordinator
    Phone: (212) 626-4973
    E-mail: San Francisco/Palo Alto
    Eileen Winter
    Chief Operating Officer
    Phone: (415) 576-3014
    E-mail: Washington, DC
    Carolyn Wright
    Recruiting Assistant
    Phone: 202 452 7089

  • 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)

  • 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
  • +68 other offices worldwide
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