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At a Glance

Uppers

“The culture and the people that I work with.”

“Autonomy and flexibility.”

“Work-life balance.”

Downers

“Lack of transparency.”

“Compensation.”

“Workload can be overbearing.”

About Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

THE SCOOP

A firm with offices across the Southeast as well as locations in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Texas, Baker Donelson is a full-service law firm that also boasts a strong public policy practice supported by a policy advisor team with multiple ties to DC. Baker Donelson represents clients nationally and internationally in more than 30 practice areas.

Three Generations of Bakers

The firm that would become Baker Donelson was founded in Huntsville, Tennessee in 1888 by James F. Baker. Baker’s son, U.S. Representative Howard Baker, Sr., and grandson Howard Baker, Jr—who served as U.S. Senator, Majority Leader, and White House Chief of Staff—were also attorneys at the firm. Howard Baker Sr. was the last lawyer at Baker Donelson's original Huntsville office, which closed its doors after his death in 2014.

From those humble beginnings, Baker Donelson has since expanded to become one of the largest law firms in the country, and the firm’s recent growth has been swift and certain. The firm grew from 270 attorneys and public policy advisors in 2003 to more than 775 by 2017. In 2016 Baker Donelson expanded its reach by adding an office in South Carolina. The firm continued to grow in 2017 by merging with the law firm of Ober | Kaler in Maryland, Virginia, and added an office in Washington, DC. 

Innovative Service Delivery

With a comprehensive suite of innovation services, Baker Donelson maximizes its resources to provide clients with greater efficiency, flexibility, and communication. The firm's legal project management system, BakerManage, provides clients with real-time access to project status, documents, budgets and expenses. Its budgeting tool, Budget Designer, tailors budget and pricing models for each client. The firm also offers flexible alternative pricing models to help clients better manage their budgets. And while many firms are hesitant to bring in new technology, Baker Donelson charges forward—the firm includes artificial intelligence among its tools to boost efficiency.

A Global Outlook

To meet client needs nationally and internationally, the firm formed a Global Business Team. This group of more than 75 professionals has helped U.S. and non-U.S. clients take advantage of global opportunities in over 90 countries spanning six continents. Members of the team routinely work with U.S. clients in China, Japan, the United Kingdom, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America. The team also regularly assists non-U.S. businesses and individuals in connection with their activities within the United States. 

The firm is associated with the Howard Baker Forum—a bipartisan domestic policy and international relations think tank which, according to the firm’s site, provides “a platform for examining specific, immediate, critical issues affecting the nation's progress at home and its relations abroad.”

COVID-19 Update

The coronavirus pandemic has sparked innovations in recruiting, hiring, and onboarding at Baker Donelson. We successfully planned and implemented a virtual summer associate program for 36 1L and 2L students this summer. We found creative ways to connect personally and professionally with our summer associates, such as hosting one-on-one coffee breaks via Webex as well as virtual scavenger hunts and murder mystery parties. We are actively recruiting for our 2021 program and will participate in OCIs virtually at over 23 law schools and career fairs in the Southeast. We reaffirm our commitment to attracting and retaining bright and diverse law students who provide unparalleled service to our clients, have a deep understanding of the practice of law, and believe in the culture of our firm.

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

First Horizon Building
165 Madison Avenue, Suite 2000
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 526-2000

Firm Stats

Chairman and Managing Partner: Timothy M. Lupinacci
Recruiting Chair: Jennifer P. Keller
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
500 - 750
No. of Partners Named 2020:
16

Base Salary

1st year: $92,000-$160,000
Summer Associate: $1,200-$3,075/week

Employment Contact

Rebecca P. Simon
Director of Recruiting
(205) 328-0480
rsimon@bakerdonelson.com

No. of U.S. Offices: 21

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Atlanta, GA
Baltimore, MD
Baton Rouge, LA
Birmingham, AL
Chattanooga, TN
Columbia, SC
Falls Church, VA
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Houston, TX
Jackson, MS
Johnson City, TN
Knoxville, TN
Macon, GA
Mandeville, LA
Memphis, TN
Memphis (East), TN
Nashville, TN
New Orleans, LA
Orlando, FL
Tallahassee, FL
Washington, DC

Major Departments

Business Department:
Commercial Transactions and Business Counseling
Corporate Finance and Securities
Intellectual Property
Real Estate
Tax
Health Law/Public Policy Department:
Government Relations and Public Policy
Health Law
Advocacy Department:
Business Litigation
Construction
Government Enforcement and Investigations
Health Care Litigation
Labor & Employment
Product Liability and Mass Tort
Transportation
Financial Services Department:
Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy
Financial Services Transactions
Financial Services Litigation and Compliance
*See firm website for complete list of practices and industries.