Baker & Hostetler LLP


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Baker & Hostetler LLP

Baker & Hostetler LLP

Main office 1900 East 9th Street, Suite 3200 | Cleveland | OH | 44114
Phone 216-621-0200 
Fax 216-696-0740 
Year of establishment 1916
Number of offices 11
Largest office Cleveland
Number of attorneys 800
Number of associates 197
Number of partners 336
Partner: associate ratio 1.70
Percent women attorneys 33.20
Percent minority attorneys 10.60
Percent gay attorneys 1.60


BakerHostetler, one of the nation’s largest law firms, represents clients around the globe. With offices coast to coast, our more than 900 lawyers litigate cases and resolve disputes that potentially threaten clients’ competitiveness, navigate the laws and regulations that shape the global economy, and help clients develop and close deals that fuel their strategic growth. We have five core practice groups: Litigation, Business, Employment, Intellectual Property, and Tax. Within these groups are several large specialty practices, including antitrust, bankruptcy, health care, energy, middle market mergers and acquisitions, complex commercial litigation, data privacy and security, patent prosecution and international tax. Our attorneys have broad knowledge and experience in many industries, including energy, media, manufacturing, healthcare, financial services and insurance, consumer products, and hospitality. We distinguish ourselves through our commitment to the highest standard of client care. By emphasizing an approach to service delivery as exacting as our legal work, we are determined to surpass our clients’ expectations. Our firm was founded on three core principles: to develop and sustain mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with each of its clients; to provide timely, responsive, and high quality legal services; and to be generous with both time and money to the communities where we work. We have consistently nurtured a collegial approach among our lawyers, assuring effective teamwork in handling client work, while maintaining a culture of providing exceptional legal counsel with a clear focus on value. We are committed to the continuous development of our people and of the resources essential to delivering effective and distinctive legal services worldwide.

Areas of practice

  • Business
  • Distribution and Franchise
  • E-Discovery Advocacy and Management
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employment
  • Energy Industry
  • Global Practices
  • Government Contracts
  • Green Business and Sustainability
  • Health Care Reform
  • Healthcare Industry
  • Hedge Fund Industry

  • Hospitality Industry
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Trade
  • Legislative and Regulatory
  • Litigation
  • Media Law
  • Privacy and Data Protection
  • Private Wealth
  • Real Estate
  • Sports and Entertainment
  • Tax

Notable cases

  • Throughout its history, the firm has handled many significant, high-profile matters for its clients including such history changing cases as "Watergate," "Pentagate" and Iran-Contra cases. Other landmark cases are:
  • The "Chicago Water Steal Case" involving 13 states in a dispute over the diversion of enormous quantities of water from the Great Lakes by the Chicago Sanitary District and the Village of Euclid v. Ambler Realty zoning case, which opened the way nationally for widespread zoning.
  • Nearly 20 years of involvement with litigation on behalf of various groups of private utilities attacking the New Deal legislation which established public power projects, the most famous of which was the TVA case.
  • It also collaborated upon the first newspaper joint operating agreement (JOA), which was between two Albuquerque, N.M., newspapers.
  • Baker Hostetler is representing a coalition of companies in a massive nationwide arbitration against 48 states. The arbitration involves a potential reduction of more than $1 billion in the tobacco industry's payments resolving states' claims for health care costs related to tobacco use. The American Lawyer has called the cases "unprecedented" in size and complexity.
  • Baker Hostetler serves as Washington DC, counsel to major league baseball, a partnership that began nearly 100 years ago, including drawing up the charter for the American league.
  • The firm represented long-time client transdigm group incorporated a manufacturer of parts for commercial and military planes, in connection with its agreement to acquire Amsafe Global Holdings, Inc. for $750 million.
  • Baker Hostetler represented the E.W. Scripps Company in the $212 million acquisition of all the outstanding shares of the McGraw-Hill broadcasting company, a subsidiary of the McGraw-Hill companies. The deal encompassed a total of nine television stations, four of which are ABC affiliates.
  • The firm was hired by the university of Louisville physicians to counsel the group throughout its major integration of academic medical center faculty practice plans, including the transition of 450 physicians and more than 20 separate entities.
  • Baker Hostetler was successful in reaching a partial settlement on behalf of 7,200 dairy farmers in a class action antitrust suit against dean foods. Dean foods, one of the principal defendants and one of the largest milk producers in the country, agreed to a $140 million settlement.

Awards and recognitions

Baker & Hostetler is consistently ranked among the leading law firms in each of its central practice areas. Additionally, its lawyers are consistently recognized as industry leaders and ranked among the best practitioners worldwide. Some of its accolades are as under:

The National Law Journal ranked Baker Hostetler No 51 among the nation's top 250 firms. The previous year it had been ranked 57th.
Baker Hostetler took home the "M&A Middle-Market Deal of the Year" honors from The M&A Advisor for its work in the sale of Character Licensing.
The Deal magazine ranked Baker Hostetler among the top 10 law firms in the country for M&A deals in oil, gas and oilfield service industries.
Intellectual Property Today magazine listed the firm as one of the top IP firms in the country.
BTI Consulting Group named Baker Hostetler to the "Client Service A-Team" for the 10th consecutive year, earning the Firm recognition as a "Client Service Stalwart" for its "continuous client service excellence."
FORTUNE 500 general counsel named Baker Hostetler as a "Go-to Law Firm" when surveyed by Corporate Counsel magazine for the publication's latest guide to in-house law departments.
Chambers USA ranked 71 Baker Hostetler attorneys, including 12 newly ranked attorneys, and 15 individual practice areas, in the 2012 edition of the prestigious Chambers USA Guide: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.
Two Baker Hostetler attorneys were named to Lawdragon's 2012 list of Most Powerful Employment Lawyers.
The Firm ranked No 32 on the 2012 Multicultural Law magazine's list for "Top Law Firms for Women." It was a commendable improvement from its previous year's ranking of No 52.

Hiring criteria

The firm seeks students with superior academic records who have completed their first or second year of law school. It looks for those students who have demonstrated, through their interests and activities, the motivation and interpersonal skills necessary to become excellent lawyers.

The firm says that its culture is characterized by integrity, collegiality, sensibility, diversity and professional excellence. The firm says that it seeks to hire people who embody these values.

Interested candidates should apply online with a completed application form, current resume, recent law school transcript and a writing sample.

The firm is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant in any manner whatsoever.


Baker Hostetler has a long-standing commitment to diversity which it actively pursues by recruiting, promoting and retaining women and minority attorneys. The firm places great emphasis on understanding and appreciating diversity at the workplace and acknowledges that issues of race, gender and culture make them better attorneys, a stronger firm and a more inclusive, respectful place to work.

Last year the firm had 5.6 percent minority lawyers, 20.2 percent women lawyers, almost 20 percent of its associates were minority and half of them were women. For the last 12 years, upwards of half of all new Baker Hostetler associates were women and minority attorneys.

For the firm, keeping a diverse workplace is not merely the right thing to do but a business compulsion. It recognizes that in order to serve the needs of its diverse client's base, its lawyers need to be equally diverse. The firm believes that it is owing to these differences that the firm can bring a variety of perspectives and experiences together and provide creative solutions for the challenges its clients face.

In addition to its many diversity initiatives it is also seeking to hire senior minority lawyers who will serve as role models to look up to and emulate and enhance the firm's ability to provide diverse staffing at an experienced level on client projects.

Summer associate program

Baker Hostetler's summer program is designed to give law students exposure to wide-ranging areas of the firm's practice. Summer associates attend conferences, "lunch-and-learn" practice group sessions, depositions, trials and other court proceedings, labor arbitrations, administrative proceedings and business transaction closings.

The firm closely monitors the summer associate's assignments, giving them an opportunity to work on multiple projects alongside the firms lawyers from different practice areas. Each summer associate is partnered with a senior associate, oftentimes former summer associates, who help facilitate introductions to other attorneys in the office and offer advice and direction about the firm, its office culture and its clients.

Associates work is regularly appraised by the firm's attorneys and formal and informal feedback is provided along with a final evaluation upon the completion of the program.

The firm's summer program provides as strong balance of realistic work and the fun and joy that come with working in the collegial atmosphere that the firm provides. Summer associates are expected to work and act like lawyers in the office.

Salary & benefits

Baker & Hostetler offers a very competitive salary, a competitive performance bonus program along with a comprehensive and competitive benefit program.

2012 compensation for entry-level lawyers was $ 120,000 per year, whilst the summer compensation for 1Ls, 2Ls and Post -3Ls was $2,115 per week.

In addition first year associates receive a summer stipend of $5,000, reimbursement of bar exam (up to $2,500) and moving expenses. Associates are also eligible for a bonus based upon billable hours.

  • Y1 $0-$160,000.00


  • 401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
  • Bar Association Fees
  • CLE
  • Dental Insurance
  • Domestic Partner Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Family/Dependent Care Leave
  • Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
  • Life/AD&D Insurance
  • Long-term Care Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Parental Leave
  • Parking/Transportation
  • Relocation Expenses
  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Sick Leave
  • Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
  • Vacation Leave
  • Vision Insurance
  • Other benefits include:
  • Voluntary Accident Insurance - Self and Family
  • Four Weeks of Vacation Annually
  • Short-Term Disability Benefits
  • Long-Term Disability Benefits
  • Pre-Tax Benefit Programs - Dependent Care, Health Care Reimbursement and Transit/Qualified Parking (in most cities)
  • Retirement Program - Voluntary 401(k) Plan
  • Military Leave
  • Reimbursement of Bar Examination Fees and Study Courses
  • Bar Dues - National, State and One Section
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Stipend

Benefits Package:

Health, Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D, Malpractice, Accident & Travel Insurance, Health Care/Dependent Care Reimbursement, Long-term Care, Pre-tax Parking, 401(k), Short/Long-term Disability, Parental Leave, Vacation (4 weeks), Employee Assistance Program, Child/Elder Care Research & Referral, Alternative Work Schedule, Bar Association Dues, Relocation Expenses, Health, Dental and Vision for Same-Sex Domestic Partner.

Working for the Baker & Hostetler LLP

    For its lawyers and staff it is a workplace of choice. All workers, irrespective of standing are treated as valuable resources by the firm. The firm is committed to creating a rewarding work environment that offers opportunities for interesting and challenging work that is performed in a supportive and collegial atmosphere and a promising pathway to career development.

    Since the firm believes that personal and client satisfaction go hand-in-hand and that the quality of work depends on the opportunities that the firm provides for balancing career and personal requirements, the firm allows for alternative work schedules, benefits for part-time personnel, child and elder care resources among other things that evidence their concern for employee needs.

Pro bono

    Baker Hostetler was founded by partners who began their careers serving in the municipal government, so had firsthand knowledge what was required to support the community. This dedication and commitment endures today through the firm's pro bono efforts.

    The firm says that it understands the importance of applying its resources and knowhow to help those who need their help but cannot pay. The firm says that it does not differentiate between its paying clients and its non-paying pro bono clients and that it represents them with the same standards of professionalism, excellence and respect that apply to the work they do for any other client.

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