Baker & McKenzie

Baker & McKenzie Company Profile

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 4,000 attorneys (one-third of whom are partners) covering hundreds of jurisdictions. Thanks to the firm's sprawling network (73 offices in 46 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.

IN THE NEWS

January 2013

Congrats from Chambers
58 Baker & McKenzie partners will be recognized in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA, representing a range of practices across the country.

December 2012

Strongest Global Law Firm Brand
Baker & McKenzie has again been named the strongest global law firm brand in the 2012 Acritas Sharplegal® Global Elite Brand Index, receiving the highest marks for awareness, favorability and as the firm most often considered for multi-jurisdictional deals and litigation. The ranking is based on a survey of 1,001 general counsel from many of the world's leading organizations. Baker & McKenzie has received the highest ranking in each of the three years that the index has been published.

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Baker & McKenzie


300 East Randolph
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 861-8000
www.bakermckenzie.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman of Executive Committee: Eduardo C. Leite
  • Total No. Attorneys 2013: 4,000

  • Employment Contact

    Chicago
    Eleonora Nikol
    Recruitment Coordinator
    Phone: (312) 861-8924
    E-mail: eleonora.nikol@bakermckenzie.com

    Dallas
    Shari Price
    Chief Operating Officer
    Phone: 214-965-7260
    E-mail: shari.price@bakermckenzie.com

    Houston
    Cathleen Cantrell
    Recruiting Assistant
    Phone: 713-236-5136
    E-mail: cathleen.cantrell@bakermckenzie.com

    Miami
    Clement Noble
    Chief Operating Officer
    Phone: (305) 789-8908
    E-mail: clement.noble@bakermckenzie.com

    New York
    Tara Warren
    Legal Recruiting Coordinator
    Phone: (212) 626-4973
    E-mail: tara.warren@bakermckenzie.com

    San Francisco/Palo Alto
    Eileen Winter
    Chief Operating Officer
    Phone: (415) 576-3014
    E-mail: eileen.winter@bakermckenzie.com

    Washington, DC
    Carolyn Wright
    Recruiting Assistant
    Phone: 202 452 7089
    E-mail: caroyln.wright@bakermckenzie.com


  • 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

    30 out of 30 (2012)


  • Major Departments & Practices

    Antitrust/Competition & Trade
    Banking & Finance
    Commercial
    Corporate Compliance
    Employment
    Energy, Chemicals, Mining & Infrastructure
    Intellectual Property
    IT/Communications
    Litigation & Dispute Resolution
    M&A
    Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare
    Private Equity
    Real Estate
    Securities
    Tax

Major Office Locations

  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Miami, FL
  • New York, NY
  • San Francisco/Palo Alto, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • +66 other offices worldwide
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