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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

Withers Launches Offices in Australia

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : December 18, 2014

The British private wealth firm has formed an alliance with former Baker & McKenzie and Ashurst partners to establish its first-ever presence Down Under.

Asia Deal Digest: Dec. 18, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : December 18, 2014

*Weil, Skadden lead $3.6 billion acquisition of Halla Visteon Climate Control in Korea*Herbert Smith Freehills advises issuers oOh!media and SurfStitch on their recent Australian IPOs*Clifford Chance on Haitong's $467 million takeover of Portugal's Banco Espirito Santo

Merck Buys Cubist for $9.5B

Jennifer Genova (compiled from ThomsonReuters Financial and other sources) : New Jersey Law Journal : December 15, 2014

Drugmaker Merck & Co., in Whitehouse Station, N.J., on Dec. 8 announced it has paid about $9.5 billion in cash and stock to acquire biopharmaceutical company Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc., of Lexington, Mass.

Gibson Dunn, Kirkland Trade Blows; Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher grabbed a senior debt finance partner from Kirkland & Ellis in London, as the latter snatches Winston & Strawn's litigation chair in Chicago; Jones Day beefs up in Miami; Sidley Austin snags six from Loeb & Loeb; a half-dozen lawyers leave firms for in-house jobs and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dealmaker of the Week: Olivia Tyrrell, Baker & McKenzie

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : December 12, 2014

Olivia Tyrrell, a 38-year-old corporate partner with Baker & McKenzie in Chicago, led a deal team from the firm composed almost entirely of women in advising pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. on its $9.5 billion buy of Cubist Pharmaceuticals.

Asia Deal Digest: Dec. 11, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : December 11, 2014

*Skadden, Davis Polk advise on $619 million share sale by JD.com investors*MoFo, White & Case and Hunton & Williams on $4.4 billion Japan-led financing for LNG plant in Texas*Allen & Gledhill acts for Alibaba subsidiary on stake purchase in mobile security company V-Key

Skadden Adds Top French Dealmaker, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

A leading French M&A lawyer heads to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Paris; King & Spalding brings back a former partner and sees its M&A cohead head to the NFL; Squire Patton Boggs makes it rain Down Under and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Baker & McKenzie, CABA Help Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants

: Daily Business Review : December 08, 2014

A pilot project recruits volunteer lawyers to represent unaccompanied minors flooding the Miami immigration court.

Asia Deal Digest: Dec. 4, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : December 04, 2014

*Skadden guides Singapore's GIC on $8.1 billion U.S. logistics acquisition*Reed Smith leads Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties $6 billion upcoming IPO*Shearman on Chinese nuclear power producer CGN Power $3.6 billion Hong Kong IPO

SEC's $47M Life Partners Win Could Derail Investor Class Action

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : December 03, 2014

The SEC's award is far less than the $2 billion that the agency was seeking. But it may be more than enough to frustrate plaintiffs lawyers pressing a parallel investor class action against the "life settlement" company and its executives.

Woman Takes Lead in Baker & McKenzie's Latin American Thrust

Paola Iuspa-Abbott : Daily Business Review : December 02, 2014

As regional chairwoman, Claudia Prado spends most of her time visiting Baker & McKenzie's 15 offices in Latin America and attending meetings across the globe.

Three Am Law Firms Make Houston Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Ogletree Deakins, Quinn Emanuel and Winston & Strawn join the Houston hiring frenzy; Bingham McCutchen's exodus continues; three Howrey alums find a new home at Novak Druce; Jenner & Block brings on a former Deepwater Horizon task force head; Skadden adds one in London and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

U.S. Firms in London: Winners and Losers

: The American Lawyer : December 01, 2014

One thing's certain: American firms are spending a lot of money on lateral hiring for their London offices. Who's getting their money's worth, and who's throwing good cash after bad? An in-depth look at the U.S. presence in the British financial capital.

Across the Pond

Kim Kleman : The American Lawyer : December 01, 2014

Some U.S. firms have done well in the London legal market. But overall, performance is mixed.

Baker & McKenzie: A First-Mover Advantage

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : December 01, 2014

Baker was the first U.S. firm to open in London, and remains one of the few with a full-service English law practice.

Latham & Watkins: The Right Place at the Right Time

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : December 01, 2014

As was the case in New York, Latham's growth in London has been fueled by high-yield finance work.

U.S. Firms in London: Who's Leading, Who's Lagging?

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : December 01, 2014

Am Law 100 firms employ some 6,000 lawyers in London, including some of the hottest lateral hires in years. A look at their track record reveals some surprises.

Asia Deal Digest: Nov. 27, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : November 27, 2014

*Allens, Minters on Sao Paulo-based JBS's $1.2 billion offer for Australia's Primo Smallgoods*Drew & Napier acts for property developer CapitaLand on real estate deal in Indonesia*Khaitan, Clifford Chance, Luthra on Calcutta Electric Supply's share sale in India

The American Lawyer Archives: The Two Faces of Scientology

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 25, 2014

With Time Warner-owned cable network HBO having 160 lawyers vet a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney on the Church of Scientology, we decided to republish a 1992 feature story by The American Lawyer about the nonprofit's various legal travails.

Corporate Lawyers in High Demand

Susan Postlewaite : Global Lawyer News : November 21, 2014

Mexican corporate lawyers are in high demand as international law firms recruit attorneys and open offices to handle the expected work that will come from Mexico's opening of key economic sectors to foreign investment.

Latin American Company GC's Look to Local Experts for Work

Julie Kay : Global Lawyer News : November 21, 2014

Choosing attorneys for work in Latin America is one of the biggest challenges facing general counsel for corporations doing business in the sprawling region, which has been an area of monumental growth for global companies in recent years.

Asia Deal Digest: Nov. 20, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : November 20, 2014

*HSF leads $1.2 billion transfer of power assets within state-run China Huaneng Group*Allen & Overy, Ashurst on $2.8 billion financing of Indonesian natural gas project*Cleary Gottlieb, Paul Hastings on Samsung SDS's $1.1 billion IPO in Korea

Report: Chinese Oil Giant Severs Baker & McKenzie Ties

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

The Wall Street Journal reports that Chinese oil and gas company CNOOC cut its ties to Baker & McKenzie because of alleged conflicts of interest between an in-house lawyer and her husband, the firm's chief representative in Beijing.

Norton Rose Fulbright on $2.1B Financing for Battersea Project

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : November 17, 2014

The London icon, seen in The Beatles movie Help! and on the cover of a Pink Floyd album, is being developed into a mixed-use site with luxury residences, retail shops and restaurants.

Conquering the Code

David Ruiz : The Recorder : November 17, 2014

Palo Alto Networks had to rewrite its code of conduct after expanding to partner and hire internationally amid company growth.

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : November 14, 2014

A chart of 114 law firms used most frequently by 30 New Jersey companies.

Asia Deal Digest: Nov. 13, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : November 12, 2014

*Five firms on near billion-dollar offer by CITIC, KKR for Singapore's United Envirotech*Jones Day, Milbank lead Philippines retailer SSI Group on its recent IPO*Clifford Chance acts for Australia's AMP as it buys a stake in China Life Pension

Latham Raids O'Melveny for Six Partners, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 11, 2014

Latham & Watkins makes a major bid to become a Hollywood heavyweight by luring six high-profile media and entertainment partners from O'Melveny & Myers; Proskauer Rose loses three while Duane Morris adds two; Sidley Austin and Wilson Elser partners go in-house and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Clyde & Co Adds Singapore Marine Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : November 10, 2014

Colin Ng & Partners shipping practice head Gerald Yee joined.

Inadmissible: Law School Pass Rates

: Texas Lawyer : November 10, 2014

The Texas Board of Law Examiners has released the names of the people who passed the Texas July 2014 bar exam.