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Baker & McKenzie LLP

  • Designation: Chicago
  • Head Count: 4,363
  • Gross Revenues: $2,430,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $555,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,140,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -1

Baker & McKenzie is a Chicago-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Baker & McKenzie has 4245 attorneys and is the 1st largest firm in the United States.  With $2,430,000,000 in gross revenue in 2015, the firm placed 3rd on The American Lawyer's 2016 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2014 Global 100 survey, Baker & McKenzie ranked as the 3rd highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, DC, FL, IL, NY and TX.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 3 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 3 -1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 1 0 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 109 -10 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 95 -29 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 70 -9 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 84 -3 Summer programs

In the News

Florida Firms Aren't Jumping to Match Cravath Pay Scale

Jennifer Henderson : Daily Business Review : June 24, 2016

When it comes to matching Cravath, Swaine & Moore's base salary bump for associates — which will see first-years earn $180,000 and eighth-years rake in $315,000 — firms with big Florida bases are a mixed bag, with the definition of "top of market" becoming increasingly nuanced.

Foreign Law Firms on Edge as Venezuela Teeters

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : June 20, 2016

Amid food shortages and rising political unrest, major firms in Caracas are doing what they can to weather the storm.

K&L Gates' Partner Churn Continues, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 20, 2016

Amid more departures, K&L Gates seeks to grow; Akin Gump and Reed Smith hire from Winston & Strawn; Fox Rothschild reels in a leading Twin Cities litigator; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

For Disney's Lawyers, a Florida Nightmare and a Chinese Debut

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : June 16, 2016

Between celebrating the opening of a $5.5 billion theme park in Shanghai and girding for the legal aftermath of a gruesome alligator attack in Orlando, Disney has had quite a week.

McDermott Adds Amid Leadership Change, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 16, 2016

A year after WilmerHale consolidated its London operations, one longtime partner has left for McDermott Will & Emery; Jones Day hires a trio; Shearman & Sterling snags one from Boies Schiller; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

K&L Gates Continues Miami Expansion With Baker & McKenzie Hire

Lizzy McLellan : Daily Business Review : June 15, 2016

Former prosecutor and longtime Baker & McKenzie partner Lee Stapleton has joined K&L Gates in Miami, becoming the fifth lawyer to join the office since May.

Cooley Hires Back Ex-Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 13, 2016

Former eBay general counsel Michael Jacobson returns to Cooley in Silicon Valley; a Kirkland & Ellis seeks a shave; Greenberg Traurig grows in Israel; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Baker & McKenzie's Next Chair Paul Rawlinson Fits the Bill

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : June 10, 2016

Baker & McKenzie's decision to elect London managing partner Paul Rawlinson as its next global chair provides telling insight into the mindset and priorities of the firm's partnership.

Shell's Legal Offshoring a Sign of Things to Come

SUE REISINGER : Corporate Counsel : June 10, 2016

The announcement by Royal Dutch Shell that it plans to open an offshore legal operations center illustrates a growing trend, according to industry experts.

The 2016 Innovation Awards: Shell Oil, In-House Innovator of the Year

Ian Lopez : Legaltech News : June 08, 2016

Shell's internal auditing and scrutiny of fee arrangements helped the legal department better integrate itself into business processes.

Baker & McKenzie Brings Legal to a White House Hackathon

Ian Lopez : Legaltech News : June 07, 2016

A pro bono Baker & McKenzie lawyer discusses the event and other legal tech efforts to address child welfare.

4 Tips for Responding to Bribery Pitches in International Business

Monika Gonzalez Mesa : Daily Business Review : May 27, 2016

Requests for bribes is common in some countries, but experts offer four tips for avoiding and responding to illegal solicitations.

Infrastructure Deals Show Legal Quirks in Latin American Construction

Monika Gonzalez Mesa : Daily Business Review : May 26, 2016

U.S. contractors face different legal challenges in Latin America, but there are strategies that can help.

Quinn Emanuel Continues European Push With Zurich Launch

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : May 25, 2016

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is expanding its European presence with the launch of a new office in Switzerland under partner Thomas Werlen. Zurich-based FIFA, soccer's global governing body, is a major client of the firm.

Fenwick & West Heads to NYC, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 25, 2016

Silicon Valley stalwart Fenwick & West is poised to set up shop in the Big Apple; Boies Schiller brings on two more litigators; Ropes & Gray grabs another private equity pro in London; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Firms Offer More Parental Leave, But Will Associates Take It?

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : May 23, 2016

Law firms are in an arms race over who can offer the best paternal leave policies, but at some firms, fathers aren't taking all the time offered.

Best of the Legal Tech Blogosphere: Unplugged U.S. Courtrooms, Federal Breach Disclosure Laws, and More

: Legaltech News : May 20, 2016

A roundup of blog posts and other musings from around the legal tech community.

Deal Watch: Amid Oil Price Plunge, Two Big Energy Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : May 19, 2016

A half-dozen big firms are advising on two key transactions in the embattled energy space, as a pair of oil field services companies and natural gas producers agree to combine.

Practice Leaders Pick Up Stakes, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 18, 2016

A half-dozen big firms shuffled practice leaders within the past week; Skadden snags a high-profile arbitration expert in Hong Kong; the founding partner of Weil's Rhode Island office departs; and other notable laterals from throughout The Am Law 200.

Ciena: Small Ball in the Big Leagues

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : May 17, 2016

These lawyers know how to mesh with the business. They also know how to take on the competition.

K&L Gates Bolsters Taipei With Baker & McKenzie Hire

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : May 17, 2016

Corporate partner Stephen Tan advises on cross-border deals and compliance matters.

Lateral Hiring By US Firms in London Reaches New High

Frances Ivens : The Am Law Daily : May 15, 2016

Research into recent recruitment trends by international firms in London has found that they brought in over 20 percent more partners in 2015 than the year before, with total partner numbers climbing by 6 percent across the group year-on-year.

U.S. Plaintiffs Firms Notch a Win as South African Class Action Gets the Green Light

Julie Triedman : Global Lawyer News : May 13, 2016

Hausfeld LLP and Motley Rice are playing big roles in litigation on behalf of more than a half-million South African miners sickened with silicosis and tuberculosis. On May 13 a court in Johannesburg ruled that the massive suit could move forward.

Elevate Services Hires Former JPMorgan Chase Executive Director Todd

Zach Warren : Legaltech News : May 12, 2016

Matt Todd will be tasked with expanding the company's legal operations consulting division for both legal departments and law firms.

Hogan Lovells Steals Berwin Leighton Paisner Global Arbitration Head

Frances Ivens : Legal Week : May 10, 2016

Kent Phillips joins the Anglo-American firm in Singapore.

Morning Wrap: Garland to Send Questionnaire to Senate | DOJ v. North Carolina

Mike Scarcella : Legal Times : May 10, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland today is expected to send the Senate a questionnaire, even if the Judiciary Committee didn't ask for one. The Justice Department and North Carolina square off over the state's controversial "bathroom bill." This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

From Sea to Sea and Platform to Platform: 3 Modern E-Discovery Challenges

Ian Lopez : Legaltech News : May 10, 2016

Stroz Friedberg's Steve Whetstone discusses three issues confronting e-discovery today.

More Asia Pacific Firms Emerge in 'Panama Papers' Records

Anna Zhang and Brian Baxter : The Asian Lawyer : May 10, 2016

These include eight Asia 100 firms from China, Singapore and Korea as well as other notable firms such as Hong Kong's Deacons.

Capital Market, Corporate Practices Dip in Early 2016

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : May 09, 2016

The first quarter of 2016 delivered a shock to firms focused on corporate and capital markets who saw a freeze in deals. Looking ahead, several law firm leaders say the uncertainty prompted by global events and the presidential election could impact legal spend for the rest of the year.

Dozens of Big Firms to Appear in New 'Panama Papers' Database

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 08, 2016

Plenty of familiar names from The Am Law 200 and Global 100 appeared in an early version of a searchable online database drawn from the leaked files of offshore firm Mossack Fonseca.