IN-DEPTH RESEARCH REPORT
on Baker & Hostetler
- - Financial Information
- - Compensation
- - Billing Rates
- - Lateral Partner Moves
- - Pro bono
- - Key Contacts
Baker & Hostetler
- Designation: National
- Head Count: 810
- Gross Revenues: $510,500,000
- Revenue Per Lawyer: $630,000
- Profits Per Partner: $930,000
- Year Over Year Change: 4
Talk about a return on investment. In 1916 three lawyers each put $500 in the bank and started a law firm. Today, the firm they createdBaker & Hostetlerdeposits hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Based in Cleveland, Baker & Hostetlers practice areas include business, employment and labor, litigation, tax, and employee benefits. But perhaps it is best known (and best compensated) for its work untangling the multibilliondollar Ponzi scheme of Bernard Madoff.
Lead by bankruptcy partner Irving Picard, a courtappointed Baker & Hostetler team has recovered some $10 billionand countingfor Madoff victims. The assignment has been a boon to Baker & Hostetlers coffers: fees to the firm have triggered doubledigit increases in annual revenue and profits per partner. That trend may continue, too. Baker & Hostetler is expected to receive some $600 million for its work between 2011 and 2014, according to correspondence from the Securities Investor Protection Corporation, a private nonprofit entity backed by brokerdealers, which pays the firms fees.
While its Madoff work has been getting most of the attention in recent years, Bakera fullservice firm with 11 U.S. offices and affiliates in Brazil and Mexicokeeps busy in other ways, as well. It has a long history in media law, having counseled media companies before there was radio, let alone the Internet. More recently, the firm has created a Health Care Reform Groupa crosspractice group that includes lawyers from Baker & Hostetlers health care industry, employee benefits, tax, employment and labor, and litigation teams.
Baker & Hostetlers diversity scores have been hohum (with minorities comprising just 5 percent of the partnership, it finished 113th of 194 firms on The American Lawyers 2011 Diversity Scorecard) and it trails the pack on pro bono (Baker & Hostetler ranked 151st of 200 firms on our 2010 tally, with lawyers averaging just over 20 hours of nonpaying work annually). But it has come in well above average on associate satisfaction, finishing seventeenth of 126 firms on our 2011 midlevels survey, and thirtyseventh of 137 firms in 2010. All of that Madoff work may be grabbing headlines, but it is apparently grabbing junior lawyers interest as well. And, sure, the fees dont hurt either.
Updated as of 1/1/12
|Survey||Rank||Year Over Year Change||Description|
|Am Law 100||61||4||Gross revenue|
|Am Law 200||61||4||Gross revenue|
|NLJ 250||51||6||Lawyer head count|
|The A-List||NR||N/A||Overall excellence|
|Pro Bono Scorecard||151||13||Pro-bono commitment|
|Diversity Scorecard||88||25||Minority head count|
|Midlevel Associates Survey||17||no change||Job satisfaction|
|Summer Associates Survey||102||30||Summer programs|
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