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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

Elizabeth Espín Stern

: The National Law Journal : May 04, 2015

Movers

: The National Law Journal : May 04, 2015

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Corporate Counsel Say Law Firms Are Becoming More Tech-Savvy

Erin E. Harrison : Law Technology News : April 29, 2015

Inside counsel identify 9 percent more law firms using technology as a source of innovation in 2015, according to a new BTI Consulting report.

China's Han Kun Strikes Italian Alliance

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : April 28, 2015

The firm has teamed up with Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners as Chinese investments into Italy increase.

Akin Gump, Baker & McKenzie on Shale Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : April 27, 2015

Baker & McKenzie represents Houston's Paloma Resources and its operation Paloma Partners III in sale of Paloma Partners III to Oklahoma company.

Mayer Brown's Streak Continues

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : April 27, 2015

The firm records a second year of double-digit profit growth.

Firms Ranked by Gross Revenue

: The American Lawyer : April 27, 2015

This year Latham & Watkins tops our chart for the first time, switching places with DLA Piper, which fell to third. Baker & McKenzie remains in second place.

Am Law 100 Analysis: The Superrich Firms Pull Away

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : April 27, 2015

It was a year of solid gains for The Am Law 100, especially for a burgeoning group of top firms.

As German Enforcement Gets Tougher, Demand for Compliance Advice Grows

Tania Karas : The American Lawyer : April 27, 2015

A crackdown on corruption, antitrust violations, and other corporate offenses have set alarm bells ringing in German boardrooms. Which law firms are best positioned to respond?

Big Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : April 27, 2015

The Am Law 100: Introducing Our New Profits Metric

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : April 27, 2015

To help add context to our reporting on law firm profits, this year's Am Law 100 report adds a new metric, profits per lawyer.

McKenna's Revenue, Profit Dive From Lawyer Losses in Year Before Dentons Merger

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : April 24, 2015

McKenna Long & Aldridge lost a lot of lawyers last year, which markedly reduced revenue and profit. The departures followed McKenna's last-minute decision in November 2013 not to merge with global megafirm Dentons—a deal that was revived and then approved earlier this month.

Akin Gump, Baker & McKenzie on Shale Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : April 21, 2015

Baker & McKenzie represents Houston's Paloma Resources and its operation Paloma Partners III in sale of Paloma Partners III to Oklahoma company.

Half-Dozen K&L Gates Partners Decamp, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 21, 2015

K&L Gates sees six partners leave for four firms; some of Fried Frank's Asia lawyers find new homes; Jackson Lewis opens two new offices; Mayer Brown adds a practice leader; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Seyfarth Shaw

Ginny LaRoe : The National Law Journal : April 20, 2015

For any lawyer, engineering a complete turnaround for a key client facing a nationwide class action would make a banner year. But in 2014, Seyfarth Shaw labor and employment partner Gerald Maatman Jr. also struck lethal blows to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's biggest discrimination suits, getting clients out from under cases that put their reputations and market shares at risk.

Trowers & Hamlins Wins First License to Practice in Malaysia

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : April 16, 2015

The U.K. firm has announced it is now a so-called Qualified Foreign Law Firm, allowing it to advise clients on international law from the Southeast Asian country.

Baker & McKenzie First in Shanghai FTZ Joint Venture

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : April 15, 2015

The Chicago-based firm is teaming up with China's FenXun Partners to be the first joint operation between law firms in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone in a program that was introduced last year.

Wilson Sonsini Partner Sets Sail for New Horizons, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 11, 2015

J. Christopher Groobey spent 25 years in Big Law before heading for the high seas; Fried Frank makes more litigation hires; Latham & Watkins lures three from Sidley Austin; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Baker & McKenzie Recruits Stamford Partner in Singapore

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : April 09, 2015

Min-tze Lean was most recently a director at the former Stamford Law Corp.

Deal Watch: Magic Circle, Am Law Firms Advise on $70 Billion Royal Dutch Shell Deal

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 09, 2015

Oil and gas tops off this week's list of billion-dollar deals, with Royal Dutch Shell plc's $70 billion acquisition of BG Group plc. Magic Circle and Am Law firms landed roles on the mega deal, with Slaughter and May, Cravath, Swaine & Moore and De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek advising Shell, and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer working on behalf of BG Group.

McKenna Will Merge With Dentons, but Will Everyone Join?

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : April 09, 2015

McKenna Long & Aldridge and Dentons finally announced Wednesday that the two firms' partnerships have approved a merger, but it's not clear yet which lawyers from McKenna will be joining Dentons.

INTERACTIVE CHART: Africa's 50 Largest Law Firms

: The Am Law Daily : April 08, 2015

Africa is one of the world's final frontiers for large law firms, but despite a burgeoning market for legal services, some local leaders still reign supreme.

Dentons, McKenna Long Reach Merger Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 08, 2015

A little more than a month after rekindling merger talks, Dentons and McKenna Long & Aldridge have agreed to a combination.

Rajah & Tann Scores Senior Counsel From Stamford Law

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : April 06, 2015

International arbitration specialist Tan Chuan Thye joins the Singaporean firm as a partner.

GCs and Risk: How You Define Your Role Is Key

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : April 06, 2015

One of the biggest risks for a general counsel is a wrong definition of her own role and a belief that she is just a traditional lawyer who happens to work in-house.

Oil Refiners' Lobby Taps Crowell & Moring, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 03, 2015

Crowell & Moring's environmental and natural resources chair decamps for a key client; Fried Frank hires a new litigation chief; McGuireWoods adds a former top Milbank litigator in Los Angeles; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dealmakers of the Week: Keith Pagnani and Melissa Sawyer of Sullivan & Cromwell

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 03, 2015

M&A partners Pagnani and Sawyer took the lead for UnitedHealth Group in its purchase of Schaumburg, Illinois-based pharmacy benefits manager Catamaran Corp. for $12.8 billion.

Deal Watch: Four Am Law Firms Advise on UnitedHealth's $12.8 Billion Catamaran Buy

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 02, 2015

This week's roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more features UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s $12.8 billion acquisition of Schaumburg, Illinois-based pharmacy benefits manager Catamaran Corp. Sullivan & Cromwell, Blake, Cassels & Graydon and Squire Patton Boggs advised UnitedHealth in the transaction, while Sidley Austin and Baker & McKenzie worked on behalf of Catamaran.

Dewey Case Takes Shape Weeks Before Trial

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : April 01, 2015

In the run-up to the trial of former executives of Dewey & LeBoeuf, a Manhattan judge ruled Tuesday that the defense could argue that, if not for the departure of partners and publicity of the prosecutors' investigation, Dewey would have been able to "right itself and pay its debt."

GC of Birla Carbon in Marietta Works With Global Reach and Responsibilities

Mary Welch : Daily Report : March 31, 2015

Joe Gaynor joined Columbian Chemicals Co. in 2010. It was acquired by the Aditya Birla Group in 2011 and now operates as Birla Carbon.