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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

At Norton Rose Fulbright, a New Guard for the New Year

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : October 30, 2014

After 12 years, Norton Rose Fulbright chief executive Peter Martyr will relinquish his managing partner responsibilities in the U.K. to Martin Scott, the firm announced Wednesday. Meanwhile, John Coleman, managing partner of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada, will pass the baton to Charles Hurdon.

Clyde & Co Opens in Brisbane

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : October 28, 2014

The shipping firm launched its fourth Australian office with the hire of three partners from Australia's Sparke Helmore.

Who in Big Law Cut Checks for the Midterms?

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 28, 2014

The NLJ looks at how the legal industry supports certain interests and people, and where lobbying horsepower could focus in the coming years. In this report, we've highlighted midterm election contributions to three powerful members of Congress.

Baker & McKenzie, DLA Piper Beef Up Presence in Mexico

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : October 28, 2014

Riding the wave of foreign investment south of the border, Baker & McKenzie has lured a team of transactional partners from DLA Piper's Mexico City office. At the same time, DLA Piper announced its own plans to combine with local firm Gallastegui y Lozano.

Edwards Wildman Trio Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 28, 2014

Three more Edwards Wildman Palmer partners head elsewhere amid the firm's looming merger vote with Locke Lord; Kirkland's latest lateral raid targets Skadden; a Bingham McCutchen restructuring partner heads in-house; Tom Daschle joins forces with Baker Donelson; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Holland & Knight Attorneys Named Most Effective Lawyer Finalists in Lobbying, See Who Else Is

Review staff : Daily Business Review : October 28, 2014

The South Florida lawyers will be honored at an event Dec. 5 at the JW Marriott Miami at 1109 Brickell Ave. in Miami.

Newsmakers: Week of Oct. 27

: Texas Lawyer : October 27, 2014

Shawn Stephens has joined King & Spalding in Houston as a partner in the tort and environmental litigation practice.

Baker & McKenzie Hires M&A Veteran in Melbourne

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : October 24, 2014

The U.S. firm has tapped Corrs Chambers Westgarth senior partner Peter Ickeringill to join its Australian team.

Willkie Adds Another Ex-Kirkland Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter and Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : October 24, 2014

Eight months after leaving Kirkland & Ellis for McDermott Will & Emery, private equity partner Leonard Klingbaum is on the move again; Greenberg Traurig hires a former California Senate leader; Weil, Gotshal & Manges adds a high-yield partner in London; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Awards for Pro Bono Service

: New York Law Journal : October 23, 2014

The City Bar Justice Center presented its sixth annual Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service on Monday.

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.

A Sidley Partner's Quick Turnaround, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 21, 2014

Six weeks after joining Fried Frank, former Sidley Austin securities and derivatives enforcement head David Katz returns to the firm; Kirkland & Ellis makes two more high-profile additions; Schulte Roth snags Patterson Belknap's trusts and estates chair; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

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.