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Baker & McKenzie LLP

  • Designation: Chicago
  • Head Count: 4,245
  • Gross Revenues: $2,540,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $600,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,290,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

Baker & McKenzie is a Chicago-based law firm. According to the National Law Journal's 2013 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Baker & McKenzie has 4004 attorneys and is the 2nd largest firm in the United States. With $2,313,000,000 in gross revenue in 2012, the firm placed 2nd on The American Lawyer's 2013 Am Law 200 ranking. On the 2011 Global 100 survey, Baker & McKenzie ranked as the 1st highest grossing law firm in the world. The firm has offices in Asia Pacific, Latin America, North America, Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 2 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 2 0 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 1 1 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 99 -15 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 81 -37 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 70 -9 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 84 -3 Summer programs

In the News

The Recorder Recognizes Legal Innovators

The Recorder : The Recorder : October 09, 2015

See the five serial innovators, five incubating institutions, and ten innovative ideas recognized by Recorder editors.

For These Women Lawyers, an Arab Oasis

Vivia Chen : The American Lawyer : October 08, 2015

For some women lawyers, a move to the Middle East offered a career boost.

Gavin Gray Returns to Baker & McKenzie as North American Regional Operating Officer

Zach Warren : Legaltech News : October 08, 2015

While at Perkins Coie, Gray won Legaltech News's 2013 CIO of the Year award.

What the EU Data Safe Harbor Ruling Means for Lawyers

David Ruiz : The Recorder : October 06, 2015

A Q&A with Baker & McKenzie's Lothar Determann.

K&L Gates Partner Nominated as VA Watchdog, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 06, 2015

The Obama administration nominates a K&L Gates litigator to clean up the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Pillsbury brings on a bitcoin expert; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Newsmakers: Week of October 5

: Texas Lawyer : October 05, 2015

Vianei Lopez Braunhas joined Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller as a partner in the firm's labor and employment group.

Knowledge Management's Place in the Legal Department

Zach Warren : Legaltech News : October 05, 2015

Knowledge management has come a long way in the past decade, but where does it have a place in the future?

Littler Mendelson Expands Beyond Americas With German Merger

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : October 05, 2015

Littler Mendelson has established its first presence outside the Americas following a merger with German labor and employment law boutique Vangard, the firm announced Monday.

The World's Best Known Law Firms

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : September 30, 2015

Vereins improve their position in the latest iteration of a client-awareness survey.

Big Deals

Patience Haggin, Jennifer Henderson and David Ruiz : The American Lawyer : September 28, 2015

Google Reorganization; Berkshire Hathaway / Precision Castparts Fidelity National / SunGard General Electric Asset Sale Symantec Asset Sale Sumitomo Life / Symetra Financial Terex / Konecranes CF Industries / OCI NV Nokia Asset Sale Allergan Asset Sale Solvay / Cytec Industries Honeywell /Melrose Industries/ Elster Group Industrial Income Trust Asset Sale Anthem / Cigna Nikkei / FT Group Sikorsky Aircraft Asset Sale Pinnacle Entertainment Asset Sale Blackstone / Corsair / First Eagle St. Jude Medical / Thoratec

You're Everywhere: The Global 100

Kim Kleman, editor-in-chief : The American Lawyer : September 28, 2015

Here's encouraging news: Post-recession, the world's top-grossing firms have achieved solid and steady growth.

International Firms Grapple with Currency Swings

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : September 28, 2015

Increasing foreign-exchange volatility is forcing some firms to think about coping strategies for dealing with currency movements and their effect on firm revenue and partner compensation.

2015 Global 100: Top-Grossing Law Firms in the World

: The American Lawyer : September 28, 2015

A new No. 1 displaces perennial Global 100 leaders DLA Piper and Baker & McKenzie as the world's highest-grossing law firm.

Special Report: The 2015 Global 100

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : September 28, 2015

The world's top-grossing firms are experiencing steady growth after a long, bumpy journey. But while revenue per lawyer and profits per partner have rebounded, that's due in part to declining headcount.

Global Legal Awards, Grand Prize Winner (Disputes): Unforgettable

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : September 28, 2015

This 27-year-old lawyer from Spain took on Google in the fight for the right to be forgotten.

Hogan Lovells Loses Indonesian Alliance

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : September 25, 2015

The Anglo-American firm and its former Jakarta-based partner Hermawan Juniarto have separated after three and a half years.

Global Legal Awards: 2015 Global Citizenship Awards

: The American Lawyer : September 25, 2015

The American Lawyer Global Citizenship Awards honor global matters dedicated to the spirit of pro bono and social responsibility.

Global Legal Awards: 2015 Global Disputes of the Year

: The American Lawyer : September 23, 2015

The American Lawyer Global Disputes of the Year honor the winning team in transnational cases regardless of the venue.

K&L Gates Grabs London Tax Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 22, 2015

After a few months of partner losses, K&L Gates has been on a hiring spree in September, but some firm lawyers continue to find new homes; Morgan Lewis lands a former NLRB member; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Mexico's Upcoming Oil Auction Offers Opportunities for Lawyers, U.S. Companies

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : September 22, 2015

Due to take place Sept. 30, the second auction for offshore oil blocks will offer five groups of shallow water fields in Mexico, according to the Mexico's energy department, the National Hydrocarbons Commission.

In-House Counsel Profile: Mitsubishi Electric U.S. Inc.'s Perry Pappous

Richard Acello : The National Law Journal : September 21, 2015

Pappous arrives at the office most days about 8 in the morning and leaves around 6:30 in the evening. "I always take my PC with me," he said, "for 10-12 hours a day wherever I am."

Winners Announced for China Law & Practice Awards 2015

Katherine Jo : The Asian Lawyer : September 21, 2015

On Sept. 17, nearly 200 leading legal professionals attended the 9th annual China Law & Practice Awards at the JW Marriott Hotel in Beijing—our first awards since joining the ALM Media network in August.

Women Lawyers at Large Firms in Texas [CHART]

: Texas Lawyer : September 18, 2015

Texas Lawyer invited the 25 firms with the largest operations in Texas to participate in our 2015 Women and Minorities Survey.

Steptoe Hires Beijing Disputes Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : September 16, 2015

China litigation specialist Richard Wagner arrives from Baker & McKenzie.

IP Shops See Partners Depart, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 15, 2015

Finnegan Henderson and Kenyon & Kenyon, two top IP-focused firms, see partners peel away on both coasts; Gibson Dunn grows in London; Morgan Lewis adds an Islamic finance expert; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Summer Associates Say Choate Hall, Kaye Scholer Are Tops

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : September 14, 2015

And Orange County, California, ranks as the best place to work, according to The American Lawyer's 2015 Summer Associate satisfaction survey.

DC Lobbying Partner Starts Own Shop After Probe, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 13, 2015

More than a year after Mark Hayes' name arose in an insider trading investigation, the Greenberg Traurig partner has started his own practice; Greenspoon Marder merges into Miami; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

On the Move

: New Jersey Law Journal : September 11, 2015

All that Pricing Data Leads Clients to Ask: Can I See?

David Ruiz : The Recorder : September 11, 2015

Data-driven in-house lawyers, like NetApp's Connie Brenton, want to work with firms that understand their cost structure and don't mind sharing the details.

Web Designer Dishes on Best Law Firm Websites

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : September 08, 2015

Joe Walsh and Burkey Belser of Greenfield/Belser Ltd. spent hours compiling their thoughts on the designs of 100 major law firm websites. Walsh shared his favorites with the NLJ.