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Baker & McKenzie LLP

  • Designation: Chicago
  • Head Count: 4,087
  • Gross Revenues: $2,419,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $590,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,200,000
  • 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

Baker & McKenzie Adds a Partner in Singapore

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : October 21, 2014

Chen Yih Pong was formerly a capital markets partner at WongPartnership.

Russian Legal Market Turns Bearish for International Firms

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : October 19, 2014

As sanctions have dried up cross-border deal flow in Russia, U.S. firms are feeling the pinch.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : October 17, 2014

Abraham George, formerly a deputy bureau chief in the Brooklyn D.A.'s Office's Major Narcotics Investigation Bureau, has become general counsel at The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation For Justice, and other moves.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : October 16, 2014

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Fenwick & West Advises Symantec on Split

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : October 15, 2014

The Mountain View, Calif.-based antivirus software maker announced that it would separate its businesses, joining a recent wave of technology companies such as Hewlett-Packard and eBay that have decided that two is better than one.

Dickstein Shapiro IP Group Defects, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 14, 2014

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips adds a three-partner West Coast IP team from struggling Dickstein Shapiro; Boies Schiller loses a litigator to Barclays, but grabs Al Franken's former general counsel; Davis Polk and Willkie Farr bring back partners from public service; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Baker & McKenzie Adds Arbitration Partner in Singapore

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : October 13, 2014

Nandakumar Ponniya joins the Chicago-based firm after five years with White & Case.

In-House Counsel Profile: Heidrick & Struggles International Inc.'s Stephen Beard

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : October 13, 2014

"The day starts when I wake up — we're operating in every time zone in the world."

Cooley, Baker, Wilson Advise NetScout on $2.6 Billion Danaher Deal

David Ruiz : The Recorder : October 13, 2014

For tax reasons, deal was structured as a Reverse Morris Trust—a rarity in tech circles.

Jones Day's Dallas Office Tops Diversity Rankings

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : October 09, 2014

The Dallas Diversity Task Force describes its annual report as "a snapshot of the diversity of lawyers practicing at the 20 largest law firms in Dallas County."

New Energy at Center of SolarReserve Legal Dept.

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : October 08, 2014

SolarReserve LLC has appointed Pauline Doohan as general counsel and vice president.

A Year of Slow But Solid Growth for Global 100 Firms

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : October 08, 2014

A surge in dealmaking boosted the top and bottom lines for the world's top-grossing firms, which experienced steady if unspectacular growth in 2013.

In-House at Large Public Companies

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 08, 2014

Chart tracking In-House Counsel at Large Public Companies.

King & Spalding Raids Bingham in London, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 07, 2014

Bingham McCutchen has one partner left in London following the departure of a restructuring specialist for King & Spalding, which lost the founder of its London office to General Electric. Meanwhile, Schiff Hardin heads to Dallas, along with other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Baker & McKenzie's Chairman Elected to Two More Years

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : October 07, 2014

The firm has voted to extend Eduardo Leite's appointment as chairman of its executive committee for another two years amid a number of other appointments within its leadership ranks.

Two Am Law 100 Firms Double Down on Overseas Investments

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : October 06, 2014

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has doubled down in Kazakhstan with an office in the country's new capital Astana. Meanwhile, Baker & McKenzie's Saudi affiliate, Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners, announced its opening of an office in Jeddah.

London Calling for US Firms, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 03, 2014

Gibson Dunn, Kaye Scholer and Paul Hastings all made major lateral hires in London this week by raiding their British brethren. The Am Law Daily looks at those moves and more in our latest tally of hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Johnson and Johnson Buys Alios for $1.75 Bil.

Jennifer Genova (compiled from ThomsonReuters Financial and other sources) : New Jersey Law Journal : October 02, 2014

New Brunswick, N.J.-based manufacturer Johnson & Johnson on Sept. 30 announced it has paid $1.75 billion in cash to acquire San Francisco-based biotechnology company Alios BioPharma.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : October 02, 2014

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Almost One Fifth of the Global 100 Firms Have Atlanta Offices

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : October 01, 2014

In this year's Global 100 ranking by The American Lawyer, there are 19 firms with Atlanta offices, including DLA Piper, the No. 2 firm on the list after Baker & McKenzie.

Cravath Helps Johnson & Johnson Bag Another Pharma Firm

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : September 30, 2014

Johnson & Johnson once again turned to longtime outside counsel Cravath, Swaine & Moore to advise on its $1.75 billion buy of privately held Alios BioPharma, a viral drug developer being represented by Latham & Watkins.

On the Move

: The Recorder : September 29, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

GSK's Record Fine Means More Compliance Work for Firms

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : September 29, 2014

A Chinese court recently handed down a $490 million penalty against the U.K. drugmaker for corruption, a sign the country's regulators are getting more aggressive with foreign companies. For investigations lawyers, it also signals a likely uptick in an already busy practice.

The World's Best Legal Brands

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : September 29, 2014

These firms, with good reputations among global clients, have lessons to teach all firms.

Bingham Starts Hiring Again, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 27, 2014

After months of partner departures, Bingham McCutchen has dipped into the lateral market to make some hires of its own by bringing on an energy partner in Washington, D.C., and a senior counsel in San Francisco. The Am Law Daily looks at those moves and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

White & Case Opens Back Office in Tampa

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 26, 2014

Or perhaps it's a tax break. White & Case is the latest Am Law 100 firm to announce the opening of a global services center separate from its other offices. The legal giant, which grossed $1.44 billion last year, has moved 45 back-office staff positions to Tampa thanks to $300,000 in incentives from the Sunshine State.

Asia Deal Digest: Sept. 25, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : September 25, 2014

*Ashurst on Leighton-led consortium's $3.2 billion bid to build Sydney transit system*Davis Polk, Skadden lead Chinese car rental company CAR Inc.'s $468 million Hong Kong IPO*Norton Rose, Allen & Overy advise on Hong Kong's first-ever Islamic bond issuance

Freshfields Adds Four But Loses One, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 20, 2014

The Magic Circle firm's New York hiring spree continued, although one partner has left the London-based legal giant's office in Washington, D.C., for a top in-house job at Chevron. The Am Law Daily looks at those moves and more in our latest tally of notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Law Firm Lawsuit-Palooza: Latham, Baker & McKenzie Under Fire

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : September 19, 2014

Our latest roundup of law firm lawsuits includes a malicious prosecution case against Latham & Watkins that was reinstated by a California appeals panel, as well as a suit against Yahoo Inc. and its lawyers at Baker & McKenzie, alleging that they conspired to get a big verdict against the tech giant overturned in Mexico.

Cleveland Firm Absorbing Lateral Talent in San Diego

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : September 18, 2014

Cleveland's Hahn Loeser & Parks has added two more attorneys to its San Diego office, which has grown as some of the largest firms in the country have pulled out of that market.