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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

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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

A Year of Slow But Solid Growth for Global 100 Firms

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : September 29, 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.

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.

Russian Legal Market Turns Bearish for International Firms

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : September 29, 2014

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

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.

Women Leaders in Tech Law: Joyce Smith, Baker & McKenzie

: The Recorder : September 18, 2014

The IP lawyer advises young attorneys to be assertive and confident without being arrogant.

Jennifer Wioncek: Baker & McKenzie

: Daily Business Review : September 17, 2014

Abrahm Smith: Baker & McKenzie

: Daily Business Review : September 17, 2014

Giving Back: Hallmark of Rising Star Lawyers

Mary Hladky : Daily Business Review : September 17, 2014

The 40 South Florida attorneys recognized as 2014 Rising Stars have busy practices and are active in community work.

Dentons' New LatAm CEO Eyes Mergers, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 17, 2014

Jorge Alers, a former head of the Latin American practice at two Am Law 100 firms and most recently general counsel for the Inter-American Development Bank, is on the lookout for potential combinations as the new CEO of Dentons' Latin American and Caribbean group. The Am Law Daily takes an in-house focused look at the latest round of notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

In-House Counsel Profile: Stepan Co.'s H. Edward Wynn

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : September 15, 2014

General Counsel H. Edward Wynn leads an eight-member team with outposts in Brazil, Europe and China.

Jones Day Adds Two More Kirkland IP Litigators, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 09, 2014

The IP litigation exodus from Kirkland & Ellis continued this week as partners William Devitt and Matthew Hertko decamped for Jones Day in Chicago. The Am Law Daily has a look at those moves and more in our latest roundup of notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Lure of the Legal Giants, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Baker & McKenzie, Jones Day, Norton Rose Fulbright and Squire Patton Boggs all experienced churn to their robust partnership ranks in the first week of September; a high-profile in-house lawyer joins Ballard Spahr as a Bingham McCutchen partner heads the other way; and Milbank brings on a top federal prosecutor in our latest look at notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Little Diversity Seen in Big Tech's Trial Teams

David Ruiz : The Recorder : September 05, 2014

At Google, Apple, Facebook and HP, more than 96 percent of outside counsel in local open matters are white or Asian-American, and less than a third are women.

Asia Deal Digest: Sep. 4, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : September 04, 2014

*Davis Polk on Taiwan's largest dollar debt offer*DLA Piper leads $464 million Fosun investment*Clayton Utz, A&O on $540 million Veda share sale

Freshfields Bolsters U.S. M&A Ranks With Wachtell, Skadden Alums

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

The Magic Circle has had its problems trying to make inroads in the U.S., but Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, one of the London-based legal giants that has perhaps had the most success stateside, is ramping up its bid for transactional work in New York by hiring two former partners from Wall Street stalwarts Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. The new additions come after Freshfields recently saw two partners depart from its U.S. ranks.

Baker & McKenzie Boosts Hong Kong With Magic Circle Duo

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : September 02, 2014

The firm swoops for Clifford Chance Hong Kong antitrust head Stephen Crosswell and Linklaters Asia employment head Rowan McKenzie.

Hinshaw Bags Barger & Wolen to Bolster Insurance Expertise

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 02, 2014

Hinshaw & Culbertson, a 460-lawyer regional midwestern Am Law 200 firm based out of Chicago, has agreed to merge on Oct. 1 with California's Barger & Wolen, a 45-lawyer shop that also has outposts in New York and London. The deal, which has been approved by the partnerships of both firms, will give Hinshaw its first overseas office.

Clayton Utz Adds Technology Partner in Sydney

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : September 01, 2014

Ken Saurajen was mostly recently a partner at Gilbert + Tobin.

Winning Women: Ann Hurwitz

Mary Alice Robbins : Texas Lawyer : September 01, 2014

Ann Hurwitz "is an extremely effective business partner to us," wrote Celia Catlett, Texas Roadhouse Inc.'s general counsel and corporate secretary in an email. "Her advice is practical, realistic, concise and prompt."

Welcome, Freshmen! A New Class Leads Am Law 100 Firms

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : August 29, 2014

A remarkable transformation is taking place among The Am Law 100 as nearly one in four firms takes on a new leader.

Golden Gate Prep Session Shaped Argument, If Not Outcome

Scott Graham : The Recorder : August 29, 2014

A look at the moot court session Myron Moskovitz organized for the plaintiff in the franchise liability case that ended in a 4-3 ruling Thursday.

Meet Texas Lawyer's 2014 Winning Women

: Texas Lawyer : August 29, 2014

Don't mess with Texas women lawyers. That's the takeaway from a long list of accomplishments racked up by this group of outstanding female attorneys.

Global Legal Awards: Global M&A Deals of the Year

: The Am Law Daily : August 29, 2014

In this category, The American Lawyer's Global Legal Awards honor the 10 cross-border deals and disputes of 2013 that best exemplify the challenges of transnational legal practice.