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At a Glance

Uppers

“The culture of friendship at Baker.”

“Flexibility with working remotely is generally very good.”

“The tax work is cutting edge.”

Downers

“Very long hours at times.”

“Somewhat lack of transparency.”

“The training.”

About Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie takes “global” to another level with dozens of 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 firm counsels more than half of the world’s largest public companies in a range of practices.

Parlez-Vous ‘International’?

It all started in 1948, when Russell Baker and John McKenzie shared a cab and discussed the idea of an international law firm. By 1949, the two had launched Baker & McKenzie, with Baker focusing on building the international practice while Baker handling the litigation work. The rest is history.

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 6,000 attorneys (one-third of whom are partners) covering dozens of jurisdictions. Thanks to the firm’s global footprint (78 offices in 47 countries, at last count), Baker McKenzie remains unique among law firms. The firm continues to grow, with an average of one new office being added each year since its inception, the firm has defined rapid and steady growth without losing its reputation for quality legal work.

Crossing Borders, Crunching Numbers

While the firm wears many hats, it is most known for its cross-border work and its tax practice. The firm advises on an array of practice areas, including antitrust, capital markets, employment, intellectual property, international commercial and trade, M&A, private equity, real estate, restructuring, tax, and the list goes on. And, of course, the firm’s reach in these areas is global. In fact, according to the firm, almost two-thirds of firm revenues are derived from cross-border deals where clients are in five-plus countries.

Baker McKenzie is consistently among the top five firms in Vault’s Tax Practice Area ranking. The firm’s tax department assists clients around the globe in such areas as customs, economic services, real estate tax, state and local tax, supply chain tax planning, tax despite resolution, tax issues relating to M&A and reorganization, general tax planning and policy, and more.

Jet Setters

Given its international reach, it may come as no surprise that Baker McKenzie offers its associates ample international work experience—and that experience may include living abroad. Through the firm’s Associate Training Program (“ATP”), associates live and work abroad for a period of two months to two years. This inter-office secondment aims to give associates insight into the firm’s global work, contribute to associates’ professional development, and bolster the firm’s transactional strategies, among other things. Law students can ready their passports, as well—the firm offers 10 international clerkships to second-year law students and recent grads

COVID-19 Update

The firm is committed to attracting and recruiting qualified, diverse talent to join our firm. We look forward to recruiting for our 2021 summer program beginning in January 2021. Any available lateral associate positions can be found on our firm's career website for candidates to apply directly: bakermckenzie.com/en/locations/north-america#careers

News & Awards

RECENT NEWS

July 2020

Baker McKenzie announced that it formed an Anti-Racism Taskforce in North America, which will focus on promoting anti-racism and building greater inclusion and equity both within the firm and in the legal industry. In addition, the firm announced that it will provide associates billable-hour credit for time devoted to diversity and inclusion initiatives.

May 2020

Baker McKenzie released the following statement against racism and discrimination: As leaders of our global Firm, we stand united with our US colleagues, especially our Black lawyers and business professionals, against racism and acts of violence, harassment, hatred and abuse. We have seen many tragic events unfold, like the recent killing of Mr. George Floyd in the US, with a mix of shock, sadness and disbelief. As a Firm, we are not neutral. Our values of dignity, caring and respect are unyielding, and we must hold ourselves and each other accountable for living up to these values.

January 2020

Baker McKenzie has been named as the best law firm brand for the 10th consecutive year by Acritas’ Global Elite Law Firm Brand Index. The firm once again ranked at the top for each of the measures that make up the Index: awareness, favorability, and consideration for multi-jurisdictional deals and for multi-jurisdictional litigation. Baker McKenzie also once more widened its lead over its nearest competitor, receiving an overall score of 100, which is 57 points ahead of the firm ranked in second place.

September 2019

The Diversity Lab, an incubator for innovative ideas and solutions that boost diversity and inclusion in law, announced that Baker McKenzie earned the highest designation of Mansfield Plus Certification. The Mansfield Certification recognizes firms who affirmatively consider at least 30 percent women, attorneys of color, and LGBTQ lawyers for significant firm leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, and senior-level lateral hiring.

NOTABLE CASES
  • Baker McKenzie advised Facebook on the development and design of the company’s proposed Oversight Board for content moderation.
  • Advised China Yangtze Power Company on its USD 3.59 billion purchase of Sempra Energy's Peruvian businesses, including its 83.6 percent stake in Luz del Sur S.A.A.
  • Baker McKenzie advised ServiceNow, the leading digital workflow company, in its agreement to acquire Sweagle, a Belgium-based configuration data management company.
  • Baker McKenzie acted as lead counsel to Galapagos NV on its 10-year global research and development collaboration with Gilead Sciences, Inc.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
  • No. 1 Law Firm Brand, 2020—Acritas
  • Law360 Global 20, 2019
  • Best Law Firm for Women, 2019—Working Mother magazine
  • Corporate Equality Index Perfect Score, 2020—Human Rights Campaign Foundation
  • Outstanding Firm for Furthering Diversity & Inclusion Shortlist, 2019—Chambers USA
Baker McKenzie

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

Firm Stats

Acting Chair: Milton Cheng
Hiring Partners: Emery Mitchell (California); Susan Ryba (Chicago); Melinda Phelan (Dallas); Summer Austin (DC); Michael Hamilton (Houston); William Roppolo (Miami); Reza Nader (NY)
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
5K - 6K
No. of Partners Named 2020:
85
Billable-Hour Requirement:
2,000

Base Salary

All Offices
1st year: $190,000
Summer Associate: $3,654/week

Employment Contact

Kristina Gajewicz
Director of Recruitment, Americas
kristina.gajewicz@bakermckenzie.com
Recruiting contacts for all North America offices can be found at bakermckenzie.com/en/locations/north-america#careers.  All applicants apply directly through out website, no email submissions are accepted.

No. of U.S. Offices: 9

No. of International Offices: 69

Major Office Locations

Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA
Miami, FL
New York, NY
Palo Alto, CA
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC I +69 international offices

Major Departments

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
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.