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Baker & McKenzie.

Baker & McKenzie.

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Main Office:
300 East Randolph Street, Suite 5000 | Chicago | IL | 60601
Phone: 312-861-8000  | Fax: 312-861-2899 

Year of establishment 1949 Number of Partners 1277
Number of offices 70 Partner:associate ratio 0.60
Larget office Chicago percent women attorneys 38.80
Number of attorneys 3555 percent minority attorneys 15.30
Number of associates 1984 percent gay attorneys 1.10
Baker & McKenzie.


Baker & McKenzie defined the global law firm in the 20th century, and we are redefining it to meet the challenges of the global economy in the 21st . We bring to matters the instinctively global perspective and deep market knowledge and insights of more than 4,200 locally admitted lawyers in 77 offices worldwide. We have a distinctive global way of thinking, working and behaving – "fluency" – across borders, issues and practices. We understand the challenges of the global economy because we have been at the forefront of its evolution. Since 1949, we have advised leading corporations on the issues of today’s integrated world market. We have cultivated the culture, commercial pragmatism and technical and interpersonal skills required to deliver world-class service tailored to the preferences of world-class clients worldwide. Ours is a passionately collaborative community of 60 nationalities. We have the deep roots and knowledge of the language and culture of business required to address the nuances of local markets worldwide. And our culture of friendship and broad scope of practice enable us to navigate complexity across issues, practices and borders with ease.

Notable cases

  • Baker & McKenzie won a case against the IRS on behalf of Symantec Corporation in 2009. Symantec was accused of not paying $1 billion in taxes for its VERITAS Software Corporation, which it had acquired in 2005. The case ended up in the U.S. Tax Court where Baker & McKenzie claimed that the ruling by IRS was arbitrary and unreasonable.
  • Baker & McKenzie wrote the amicus brief in 2006 in the Winkelman v. Parma City School District cases. The firm wrote it for the Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates (COPA), and later COPA's amicus briefs. The firm in its briefs supported the rights of parents who had kids with disabilities to proceed without counsel in court cases involving enforcement of IDEA and their right to an appropriate public education. The Supreme Court gave a unanimous decision in favor of the parents' group.
  • Baker & McKenzie represented five luxury and fashion brands in 2005 in their case against the landlord of the Silk Market Shopping mall in Beijing. The Chinese courts found the landlord jointly and severally liable for not doing enough to stop the vendors selling counterfeit goods. This was a first in Chinese judicial history.

Awards and recognitions

Being named as one of the top 25 corporate law firms in America by the Corporate Board Member magazine.
Being recognized as "European Law Firm of the Year" at the Chambers Europe Awards 2012.
Being named the "Top Law Firm for Diversity" by MultiCultural Law Magazine for the 8th consecutive year.
Topping the National Law Journal's NLJ250 rankings, an annual list of the largest US law firms by number of lawyers for 2011.
Being ranked #1 by gross revenue in 2011 Am Law 100 list
Being named the world's strongest law firm brand in the sharplegal® Global Elite Brand Index by Acritas, a survey of more than 2,000 of the world's largest law firm clients
Being ranked at second position in Law360's Global 20
Being selected by the International Law Office 2011 Client Choice Firm - International Award for excellence in client care and quality of service
Being selected by BTI Consulting's 2011 Client Service A-Team list, four times in five years
Being at No. 1 in PLC Which Lawyer?'s Global 50 for the last five years at a stretch: Asia Law Firm of the Year, 2005-2009; Latin America Law Firm of the Year, three of the past five years; Middle East Law Firm of the Year, 2008 and 2009; Central & Eastern Europe Law Firm of the Year, 2008.
Being ranked for its global climate change, data protection, employment, immigration, private client, outsourcing and technology & communications practices in the Chambers Global 2009 guide.
Being awarded the 2008 Corporate Social Responsibility Award by The Foreign Policy Association, making Baker & McKenzie the first law firm to receive the award.
Being awarded the first Corporate Pro Bono Partnering Award from the Pro Bono Institute.
Awarded the Starbucks Excellence in Diversity Award for 2009
Awarded the International Tax Review ITR award for European Indirect Tax firm of the year 2009


The high focus on maintaining diversity is essential to the existence of Baker & McKenzie's success since true internationalization across 43 countries brings along cultural conflicts and the need to successfully manage diversity in the workplace.

The consistent efforts of the company over diversity are easily reflected in its revenue, of course, but it is also recognized by the industry. It has been named for the 8th consecutive times as "Top Law Firm for Diversity" by MultiCultural Law Magazine. In 2009, Baker & McKenzie won the Starbucks Excellence in Diversity Award.
Baker & McKenzie was also recognized by the Working Mother magazine in 2008 as one of the Best Law Firms for Women. The firm is a member of Diversity Champions since 2005, and in 2009 it joined the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

Summer associate program

The summer associate program of Baker & McKenzie is intended to introduce potential hires to real life experience at the firm, orientation, and primary screening. As the law firm declares clearly on its website: "The Summer Program is designed to introduce law students who have completed their second year of law school to the practice of law and to allow Firm representatives and summer associates to become mutually acquainted for the purpose of evaluating the desirability of future employment."

Academic accomplishments, intellectual thirst, commercial orientation and respect and appreciation for global cultural differences matter in the selection of summer associates. Summer associates also introduce students to real client-work and the work offered is of "the same character as that performed by the attorneys."

Associates are introduced and exposed to research, writing, depositions, hearings and trials and client interaction. The law firm also has extensive professional training programs and summer associates have a chance to participate.

Working for the Baker & McKenzie.

There is a pressure on billable work, however incentives are not blindly based upon billable hours but many other factors are taken into account for bonuses. There are many offices and practice groups and sometimes things can be quite disparate between concurrent groups in the same firm - in one business and incentives may be growing by leaps and bounds, while in another things might be going at a snail's pace. But individual performance gets noticed quickly, as the environment is highly competitive.

Baker & McKenzie is one of the best places to start your associate life with its lack of pretensions. The company is known to respect work-life balance and team performance. Associates get exposure to high-profile clients and gather experience from being part of teams handling extremely important transactions involving massive stakes.

The way to work within Baker & McKenzie, and the keys to success, follow the principles of individual growth within large multinational corporations and not the principles of employee growth followed in boutique law firms.


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