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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 2016 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Baker & McKenzie has 4363 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, Ontario 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

South Florida Experiencing 'Exponential Interest' From Law Firms With Varied Focus

Gina Passarella : Daily Business Review : July 11, 2016

Law firms with an appetite for expansion are coming to South Florida, but it's a challenging venture.

Lexology Navigator, An Analytics-Driven Guide for the International Regulatory Maze?

Ian Lopez : Legaltech News : July 07, 2016

Lexology's free analytics-enabled Lexology Navigator provides fundamentals in cross-border regulation comparison and a platform for international legal experts to provide content.

Baker & McKenzie's New York COO Departs for Down South

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : July 06, 2016

L. Howard Belknap will become firmwide COO at Jackson, Mississippi-based Butler Snow.

King & Wood Mallesons Tops Asia Branding Survey

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : July 04, 2016

Results were based on brand awareness interviews of 630 senior in-house lawyers conducted by London-based market research firm Acritas.

DLA Piper Strikes Alliance in Afghanistan

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : July 01, 2016

A deal between DLA Piper and Kabul's Kakar Advocates is said to be a first for the region.

Big Deals

Rebecca Geiger : Focus Europe : July 01, 2016

The law firms with roles in the largest recent M&A deals across Europe.

Gibson Dunn Grabs Latham Duo for New Frankfurt Office

Rose Walker : The Am Law Daily : June 30, 2016

On the heels of the U.K.'s vote to leave the European Union, two corporate partners are leaving Latham & Watkins, including the latter's Frankfurt office leader, to open a new outpost for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

U.S. Firms Ponder London Adjustments in Wake of Brexit

Jennifer Henderson, Nell Gluckman and Gina Passarella : New York Law Journal : June 28, 2016

The United Kingdom's historic vote to leave the European Union came among one of the busiest lateral hiring sprees by U.S. law firms in London, but that growth may be put to the test as clients themselves ponder exiting the market.

Foreign Law Firms on Edge, Decamp as Venezuela Teeters on Chaos

Julie Triedman : Daily Business Review : June 28, 2016

Since January, the world has watched a slow-motion disaster unfolding in Venezuela, where critical shortages of food and medicine are fueling chaos. Inside the country, a handful of international firms are doing their best to ride out the crisis, while others have already jumped ship.

Lending Support to Judges Under Fire

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : June 27, 2016

Baker & McKenzie creates a guide to help overwhelmed judges adjudicate terror cases.

Merger-Hungry, Mid-Tier Firms May Be the Future of Big Law

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : June 27, 2016

But merger-hungry, mid tier firms new to the list may represent the Big Law firms of the future.

Special Report: A Year of Public Service

: The American Lawyer : June 27, 2016

The American Lawyer's latest survey of Big Law's pro efforts, from law firm rankings to project profiles and the state of the Justice Gap.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : June 27, 2016

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

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.