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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 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 3 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 3 -1 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

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.

Best of the Legal Tech Blogosphere: Unplugged U.S. Courtrooms, Federal Breach Disclosure Laws, and More

: Legaltech News : May 20, 2016

A roundup of blog posts and other musings from around the legal tech community.

Deal Watch: Amid Oil Price Plunge, Two Big Energy Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : May 19, 2016

A half-dozen big firms are advising on two key transactions in the embattled energy space, as a pair of oil field services companies and natural gas producers agree to combine.

Practice Leaders Pick Up Stakes, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

A half-dozen big firms shuffled practice leaders within the past week; Skadden snags a high-profile arbitration expert in Hong Kong; the founding partner of Weil's Rhode Island office departs; and other notable laterals from throughout The Am Law 200.

Ciena: Small Ball in the Big Leagues

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : May 17, 2016

These lawyers know how to mesh with the business. They also know how to take on the competition.

K&L Gates Bolsters Taipei With Baker & McKenzie Hire

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : May 17, 2016

Corporate partner Stephen Tan advises on cross-border deals and compliance matters.

Lateral Hiring By US Firms in London Reaches New High

Frances Ivens : The Am Law Daily : May 15, 2016

Research into recent recruitment trends by international firms in London has found that they brought in over 20 percent more partners in 2015 than the year before, with total partner numbers climbing by 6 percent across the group year-on-year.

U.S. Plaintiffs Firms Notch a Win as South African Class Action Gets the Green Light

Julie Triedman : Global Lawyer News : May 13, 2016

Hausfeld LLP and Motley Rice are playing big roles in litigation on behalf of more than a half-million South African miners sickened with silicosis and tuberculosis. On May 13 a court in Johannesburg ruled that the massive suit could move forward.

Elevate Services Hires Former JPMorgan Chase Executive Director Todd

Zach Warren : Legaltech News : May 12, 2016

Matt Todd will be tasked with expanding the company's legal operations consulting division for both legal departments and law firms.

Hogan Lovells Steals Berwin Leighton Paisner Global Arbitration Head

Frances Ivens : Legal Week : May 10, 2016

Kent Phillips joins the Anglo-American firm in Singapore.

Morning Wrap: Garland to Send Questionnaire to Senate | DOJ v. North Carolina

Mike Scarcella : Legal Times : May 10, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland today is expected to send the Senate a questionnaire, even if the Judiciary Committee didn't ask for one. The Justice Department and North Carolina square off over the state's controversial "bathroom bill." This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

From Sea to Sea and Platform to Platform: 3 Modern E-Discovery Challenges

Ian Lopez : Legaltech News : May 10, 2016

Stroz Friedberg's Steve Whetstone discusses three issues confronting e-discovery today.

More Asia Pacific Firms Emerge in 'Panama Papers' Records

Anna Zhang and Brian Baxter : The Asian Lawyer : May 10, 2016

These include eight Asia 100 firms from China, Singapore and Korea as well as other notable firms such as Hong Kong's Deacons.

Capital Market, Corporate Practices Dip in Early 2016

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : May 09, 2016

The first quarter of 2016 delivered a shock to firms focused on corporate and capital markets who saw a freeze in deals. Looking ahead, several law firm leaders say the uncertainty prompted by global events and the presidential election could impact legal spend for the rest of the year.

Dozens of Big Firms to Appear in New 'Panama Papers' Database

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 08, 2016

Plenty of familiar names from The Am Law 200 and Global 100 appeared in an early version of a searchable online database drawn from the leaked files of offshore firm Mossack Fonseca.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : May 05, 2016

A round-up of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

GDPR, Privacy Shield Will Impact Businesses, Privacy Professionals Say

Ed Silverstein : Legaltech News : May 05, 2016

Between 60 and 70 percent of the respondents said organizations will need to spend at least some of, or significantly more of, their budget to comply with the GDPR.

The Panama Effect: What Actions Will Law Firms Take on Cybersecurity?

Richard Levick, LEVICK : Legaltech News : May 02, 2016

There is now an urgency that wasn't there before, simply because events have called into question the very ability of law firms to protect data.

Tackling Background Check Law on the Global Stage? Mayer Brown Has an App for That

Ian Lopez : Legaltech News : April 29, 2016

The new app sheds insight on background check standards in over 50 jurisdictions globally.

Into the Deluge: The Evolution of Cyberthreats to Law Firms

Ricci Dipshan : Legaltech News : April 29, 2016

The evolution of cyberthreats has left law firms struggling to shore up defenses against breaches, extortion and employee targeting.

Best of the Legal Tech Blogosphere: Updating Digital Communication Law, Fighting Patent Trolls, and More

Ricci Dipshan : Legaltech News : April 29, 2016

A roundup of blog posts and other musings from in and around the legal tech community.

Deal Watch: A Pharmaceutical Frenzy for a Half-Dozen Firms

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 28, 2016

Abbott Labs seeks to buy St. Jude Medical for $25 billion; Sanofi makes a $9.3 billion bid for Medivation; AbbVie offers $5.8 billion for Stemcentrx; and a look at the big firms behind those proposed megadeals.

Curtis Expands to Switzerland With New Geneva Office

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : April 28, 2016

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle will become one of the small number of international firms with offices in Switzerland when it opens in Geneva next month.

Your Own Watchful Eye: Baker & McKenzie Releases Global Surveillance Guide, Heat Maps

Ian Lopez : Legaltech News : April 28, 2016

The 2016 Global Surveillance Law Comparison Guide and Heat Maps aim to help companies get clarity on the many regulatory hurdles they may face.

How GCs Decide Who Gets the Work

Ben W. Heineman Jr. : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

Five things to know about legal spending. (Hint: Your goals aren't their goals.)

Am Law 100 Firms Pull Back in Chicago

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

Even of the city's most prominent native firms are reducing their lawyer numbers there.

Firms Ranked by Gross Revenue

: The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

For the second year in a row, Latham & Watkins holds the top position on our gross revenue rankings, while three new firms moved onto the Am Law 100. Twenty-seven firms posted gross revenue of $1 billion or more.