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At a Glance

Uppers

“Global scope of work.”

“Sophisticated work.”

“Firm culture and colleagues.”

Downers

“The pressure to meet your hours.”

“The lack of a clear path to promotion.”

“The technology.”

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 focused on building the international practice while McKenzie handled 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 2022 summer program beginning in late Summer 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

NOTABLE CASES
  • Baker McKenzie advised Facebook on the development and design of the company’s proposed Oversight Board for content moderation.
  • Baker McKenzie advised Aurora Acquisition Corp. on its USD 6.9 billion de-SPAC transaction to transform Better, one of the fastest-growing digital homeownership companies in the U.S., into a publicly traded company. 
  • Baker McKenzie advised Bayer AG in its USD 4 billion acquisition of Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, Inc. (AskBio), a U.S.-headquartered biopharmaceutical company specialized in the research, development, and manufacturing of gene therapies across different therapeutic areas.
  • Baker McKenzie and its Shanghai Free Trade Zone Joint Operation partner, FenXun Partners, represented a Chinese SOE in a civil litigation case in the District Court for the Northern District of California, US, and successfully obtained a favorable judgement.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
  • No. 1 Law Firm Brand, 2021—Acritas
  • Best Law Firm for Women, 2020—Working Mother Magazine
  • Corporate Equality Index Perfect Score, 2021—Human Rights Campaign Foundation
  • Mansfield Certification Plus, 2020—Diversity Lab
  • No. 1 Global 20, 2019—Law360
Baker McKenzie

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

Firm Stats

Global Chair: Milton Cheng
Hiring Partners: Emery Mitchell (California); Susan Ryba (Chicago); Melinda Phelan (Dallas/Houston); Summer Austin (DC); William Roppolo (Miami); Reza Nader (NY)
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
5K - 6K
No. of Partners Named 2020:
85
Billable-Hour Requirement:
2000

Base Salary

All Offices 1st year: $202,500
Summer Associate: $3,894/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 our 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
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
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.