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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

Blurring of Work, Personal Tech Drives Privacy Disputes

: The Recorder : January 30, 2015

Jeffrey Rosenfeld of Kronenberger Rosenfeld represents a teacher who says school administrators spied on his Gmail and Facebook accounts after he was placed on leave.

Baker & McKenzie Adds Melbourne Partner

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 29, 2015

Arthur Apos has resigned from Ashurst after more than 20 years at the firm and legacy Blake Dawson.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 29, 2015

PetSmart, Riverbed LBOs; Merck / Cubist; Visteon Stake Sale; GIC / IndCor Properties; NextEra / Hawaiian Electric; Paramount Group IPO

Oil Shock for Law Firms

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2015

Energy lawyers are about to find out how well their practices run on cheap oil.

Competing in a New Cuba

Carlyn Kolker : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2015

As the door to Cuba cracks a little wider, some American firms are looking hard for opportunity. But foreign rivals already have a head start.

The Lateral Report: 2014's All-Star Hires

: The American Lawyer : January 29, 2015

Twenty of the most notable and intriguing lateral moves of the year.

Deal Watch: Three Am Law Firms Advise on $18 Billion Energy Buy

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : January 29, 2015

The $18 billion merger between Energy Transfer Partners and Regency Energy Partners tops a roundup of nine deals breaking the billion-dollar mark this week.

Chadbourne Opens New Office in Johannesburg

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2015

Chadbourne & Parke will open the South African outpost on Feb. 2, to be headed by Lido Fontana, a former project finance partner from one of the country's top corporate firms.

Dentons, Dacheng Seal the Deal for a Union

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2015

Five days after The American Lawyer broke news of the impending combination between Dentons and Asia's largest firm, the union is now official. Chinese regulators gave the expected green light to the landmark deal between China-based Dacheng Law Offices and Dentons early on Monday Beijing time, clearing the way for the signing ceremony.

To Cut Expenses, More Firms Are Opening Back Offices

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2015

A stumbling block for some has been the up-front costs; it can take four years to see a return on investment.

McDermott Taps New COO, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2015

Two firms shuffling their COOs saw partners depart in January; DLA Piper and Kirkland & Ellis make some high-profile labor and employment hires; Quinn Emanuel grows in Houston; Wilmer raids MoFo for a new cybersecurity chair; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Morning Wrap: Which Firms Are Waiting on N.J. Bridgegate Payment?

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 23, 2015

This is a round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country. The legal community is reacting to firm news out of China and two firms are still waiting on payments from Gov. Chris Christie's Republican backers.

Dentons and China's Dacheng Poised for Historic Union

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2015

The world will soon have a new largest law firm. Dentons and leading Chinese firm Dacheng are poised to announce a combination creating a 6,600-lawyer legal giant operating under the Swiss verein structure.

Dentons, Dacheng Deal Sets Legal Industry Abuzz

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2015

While law firm leaders and legal observers marvel at the scope and scale of the tie-up between Dentons and China's Dacheng to create the world's largest firm, several also wonder how the two sides will pull off such a massive undertaking, and whether it will ultimately be successful.

Baker & McKenzie Hires in Brisbane

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 21, 2015

Aleisa Crepin is the first partner to join the firm's newest Australian office since opened last July.

IN BRIEF: Water Dispute Expedited

: The National Law Journal : January 19, 2015

A special master is resisting further delay in water-rights litigation between Florida and Georgia. Ralph Lancaster Jr. gave the states until mid-July to complete written discovery in their dispute over water from the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers. Plus more from and other ALM publications.

Stamford, Zico Strike Outsourcing Deal

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 16, 2015

The agreement will allow Singapore-based Stamford Law Corp. to cut costs and free up their lawyers to focus on more high-end matters.

Shearman, Davis Polk on China's $1.4B European Hotel Buy

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 15, 2015

King & Wood Mallesons and Baker & McKenzie are also among the firms helping state-owned Shanghai Jin Jiang acquire France's Groupe Du Louvre.

Leading 2014 M&A Transactions

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2015

The leading M&As of 2014, where the target or acquirer was based in NJ.

New Jersey M&A Market Finally Rebounds in 2014

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2015

It proved to be a strong rebound year in 2014 for mergers and acquisitions in the U.S., and dealmaking involving New Jersey corporations was no exception. It's a long-awaited development M&A lawyers chalked up largely to a return of confidence to the marketplace.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : January 14, 2015

Promotions and new additions at Sidley Austin, White & Case, Baker & McKenzie, Mishcon de Reya, O'Melveny & Myers, Alston & Bird and Reed Smith.

Scam Artists Pose as Am Law 100 Firms in Email Hoax

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2015

Firms such as Baker & McKenzie and Sherman & Sterling have begun to see their names used in scam emails enticing people to click on bad links or hand over sensitive information.

News and Gossip

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 13, 2015

Another ex-Sullivan & Cromwell lawyer romantically linked to celebrity; tossing away the Supreme Court ticket; and suing Harvard.


: The National Law Journal : January 12, 2015

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Latham, Littler Launch Back Office Operations

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2015

In the latest move by Am Law 100 firms looking to slash expenses, Latham & Watkins and Littler Mendelson have announced plans for back office operations centers in Manchester, England, and Kansas City, Mo., respectively.

Three Firms on $26B Chinese Rail Merger

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 05, 2015

Baker & McKenzie, Morrison & Foerster and Linklaters are leading the combination of state-owned train makers China CNR and CSR.

The Big Boys Make $10 Million—How About You?

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : January 05, 2015

As rainmakers rake it in, there are implications for everyone working in Big Law, 
from other equity partners to back office workers, new data shows.

Taming the Beast

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 01, 2015

As China cracks down on corruption, international firms with FCPA expertise are gearing up.

The Asia 50: Growth Spurt

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 01, 2015

Our annual survey names the biggest law firms in the Asia-Pacific region. This time, we found more law firms embracing ambitious expansion plans.

Big Deals

Rebecca Geiger : Focus Europe : January 01, 2015

Billion-dollar transactions in France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the Nordic countries.