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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

Firms Get Mostly High Marks as Social Mobility Project Enters Fifth Year

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : February 12, 2016

A groundbreaking initiative by a group of leading U.K., U.S. and international law firms is teaching disadvantaged students about the profession but failing to follow through, according to a new report.

Skadden to Close Sydney Office Amid Australia Jitters

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : February 11, 2016

U.S.-based firms may be in for some turbulence, but many say that there's still good money to be made Down Under.

Bingham Refugees Find New Homes, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 09, 2016

A year after Morgan Lewis absorbed Bingham McCutchen, several lawyers from the latter find new homes; Fried Frank welcomes back an ex-partner; Jenner & Block brings on an M&A leader; and other additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Under Client Pressure, Law Firms Focus on Cost-Cutting

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : February 08, 2016

More law firms are adopting management techniques that their clients embraced long ago. But change has been slowed by partners' resistance, according to a new report.

Presidential Politics: Lawyers Join Grassroot Contributors

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : February 05, 2016

Ted Cruz's campaign, which he proclaimed as financed by a grassroots movement, received 1,423 donations from contributors who identified themselves as lawyers or attorneys. The average amount of each of those contributions was $577, according to calculations based on the Federal Election Commission reports.

14-Year Veteran Judge, D. Michael Lynn Joins Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller; Plus Other 'On The Move' News

: Texas Lawyer : February 05, 2016

D. Michael Lynn, a 14-year veteran judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division prior to his recent retirement, has joined Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller as senior counsel.

Lawyers Anticipate More Teeth in New Data-Transfer Pact

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 03, 2016

The so-called Privacy Shield could expose U.S. companies to more aggressive enforcement and stiffer fines.

Three Practice Leaders Leave DLA Piper, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 03, 2016

DLA Piper loses three practice leaders but merges in Europe; another Dickstein Shapiro partner departs; Jones Day opens in Brisbane; Orrick unveils its Houston hires; Quinn Emanuel adds an Israel expert; and other moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Companies Should Cheer the New US-EU Data Privacy Deal

Jan Wolfe : Corporate Counsel : February 02, 2016

While details of the eleventh-hour agreement are still emerging, if it holds up in court, it will likely offer clarity about how to handle customer data—the lifeblood of modern companies.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : February 01, 2016

Four firms have added attorneys, while three firms and the Eastern District U.S. Attorney's Office announce promotions.

No More Water Bottles! Law Firms Try to Shrink Their Carbon Footprints

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : February 01, 2016

With the world's nations pledging to slow global warming, firms look for ways to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.

Lateral All-Stars: The Splashiest Hires of 2015

James Schroeder : The American Lawyer : February 01, 2016

Twenty-five of last year's most notable and intriguing lateral moves.

Houston Hiring Market Stays Hot, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2016

Paul Hastings and Kirkland & Ellis and several other big firms make key additions in Texas; Greenberg Traurig, Orrick and Sidley Austin keep hiring; Wilson Sonsini welcomes back a favorite son; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

DLA Piper Expands Africa Network With Angolan Firm

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2016

The megafirm has set its sights on oil and mining-rich Angola through a new local alliance.

The Asian Lawyer Announces Finalists for Asia Legal Awards 2016

The Asian Lawyer : The Asian Lawyer : January 25, 2016

For our third annual Asia Legal Awards, we have selected a short list of 27 categories of deals and matters from the region's leading firms and practitioners. Winners will be announced on Feb. 23 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong.

Perkins Coie Names Rick Howell New Firm CIO

Zach Warren : Legaltech News : January 25, 2016

Howell said that the current CIO needs to be 'much, much more' than the technology experts of the past.

Midsize Firms Face Increased Pressure to Merge or Grow

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 19, 2016

The volume of merger discussions reported in the last year indicates that boutiques and midsize firms competing with large firms are under increasing pressure to merge or grow in size. While few merger conversations actually result in combinations, many firms confirm that they are open to discussions.

Milbank, Katten Lose Practice Leaders, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Holland & Knight and Sidley Austin hire from Katten Muchin Rosenman and Milbank; a Skadden lawyer returns to public service; Allen & Overy hires in New York; King & Spalding takes two from Jones Day; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

A Dentons Lawyer Gets Religion, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Dentons keeps expanding, but one lawyer in Chicago seeks a higher power; Clark Hill merges in the Windy City; Wilson Elser expands in two states; Orrick makes a handful of key hires; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Ince & Co Bolsters Hong Kong Finance Practice

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 12, 2016

Former Locke Lord partner Balbir Bindra is a veteran banking and finance lawyer.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : January 11, 2016

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

'Guantánamo Bar' Keeps Up Pressure Amid New Detainee Transfers

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2016

The Obama administration has launched a renewed effort to winnow the remaining detainee population at Guantánamo Naval Base, according to lawyers who have long represented them.

Winston & Strawn, Paul Hastings Make Key New York Hires

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2016

The two Am Law 100 firms, whose headquarters are outside New York, made moves Monday to bolster their corporate and finance practices in the Big Apple by raiding McDermott Will & Emery and Proskauer Rose.

Baker & McKenzie Snaps Up Former Ince & Co Asia Energy Head

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 07, 2016

Martin David's exit from the London-based firm follows those of former Singapore managing partner Richard Lovell and alliance firm cohead Mohan Subbaraman in October.

Dickstein Litigators Decamp, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2016

Two litigation partners depart Dickstein Shapiro's shrinking New York office; Cooley lands a high-profile M&A partner from O'Melveny & Myers; Pillsbury plucks an insurance team from Orrick; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

McDermott Will & Emery Hires China Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 05, 2016

Former longtime Baker & McKenzie partner Michelle Gon joins and resides at the firm's alliance firm MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.

Baker & McKenzie Partner Leads Orange Bowl Festivities

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : December 30, 2015

Lee Stapleton is about to end her year-long rein as president of the Orange Bowl Committee, but she will be sorry to have to hand in the orange jacket she's worn proudly throughout the country.

Prominent Tax Attorney Robert Hudson Dies

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : December 29, 2015

Robert Hudson, a nationally recognized international tax lawyer who helped found Baker & McKenzie's Miami office three decades ago, died of a heart attack while on vacation in Paris.


: The National Law Journal : December 28, 2015

Laterals, new arrivals, and promotions in this week's column.

Deal Watch: Simpson Thacher Follows the Bouncing Ball

Jennifer Henderson and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 26, 2015

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett snagged roles on three year-end deals of note for private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Apax Partners, as well as Bruce Ratner's Forest City Enterprises, which agreed to give up its remaining stake in the NBA's Brooklyn Nets.