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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC

Main Office: First Tennessee Building, 165 Madison Avenue,Suite 2000 | Memphis | TN | 38103
Phone: 901-526-2000 | Fax: 901-577-2303











Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC Reviews view all

Reviewed on May 11, 2023
Former Employee

5.Current Employee, more than 3 yearsOffice SupportLegal Secretarial Assistant in Baltimore, MDRecommendProsBaker is a great company.ConsYou have to constantly support other people and their workloads when they take off.Advice to ManagementBetter task distribution to make workloads more equitable.

Former Employee


Full time

Reviewed on February 06, 2023
Current Employee

Fix your work environment for the sake of your associates.


The work environment at Baker Donelson is so incredibly appalling. When I read reviews from Baker employees regarding DEI, it was almost like I was reading statements that had been coerced. The associates at Baker Donelson are given completely unrealistic expectations. Majority of the partners assign cases to the associates expecting them to automatically say they have the availability to add it to their load - and it's almost an unspoken rule that you don't say no when a partner asks you to work a case. Generally, the associates do most of the time-consuming work, so on top of the excessive caseload, each individual case will be a load in and of itself. If you have a family, you should you go into this firm knowing that you will very likely (as an associate, for sure) miss many dinners, some school plays, have to work weekends (which will cut any kind of family time out of your schedule), anything in the evening during the week (church events, little league ball, etc. - that's out). In addition, there are many partners at Baker Donelson that show very little respect for family life - or a separation between work and home life - and some will even send foul emails with unnecessary language and expect you to continue to show them respect in return. All that matters to some of the partners at Baker is work, even at the expense of family or whatever else might be of importance to you. That said, there *are* several partners who are very respectable and are great to work with. These partners seem to remember what it was like to be an associate, thusly, they choose to treat the associates with respect. They provide leadership and guidance - not belittlement. Although, almost all partners expect work to happen outside working hours, no matter what. There have been associates at Baker that have started at the firm with high-hopes and ready for their careers to soar; however, due to the environment, some have eventually suffered mental health problems (that weren't there before) and have had to take leaves of absence to seek help. Additionally, some associates - after starting at Baker - have come to struggle with mental health issues, and instead of taking a leave of absence or seeking help, have chosen to push through their suffering for the sake of their career. Having knowledge of ALL of the above creates a better understanding that diversity, equity and inclusion at Baker Donelson is lacking in its entirety. DEI is not just about inclusion and diversity of race/ethnicity, gender, etc. in the workplace. DEI also means making ALL colleagues feel welcomed, valued, respected and heard, which, in turn, contributes to the company's growth and success. Baker's partners corporate leadership have lacked in this area for quite some time and it has only gotten worse. The only way the firm is able to keep its associates at the company, in spite of its terrible environment, is through their increasingly-high associate salary along with hefty bonuses. All associates start at a large, six-figure salary. The salary increases at a rapid pace on an annual basis. Associates meeting a certain number of billable hour requirements, receive a five-figure bonus. So, essentially, the firm is bribing its associates to stay and be treated poorly, because no other firms in the area (if in Memphis) can come close to competing with Baker's rates.

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Discover the Benefits of Working at Baker Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

At Baker Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, attorneys have the chance to join a law firm that offers an extensive range of legal services. Located in the Bay Area, the firm provides a wide range of legal services, from trial practice to corporate law. This diverse selection of services allows attorneys to develop their legal skills and provides clients with the highest quality of legal representation.

Attorneys who join Baker Donelson benefit from the firm’s commitment to delivering results for its clients. With a focus on understanding the client’s business, the attorneys are empowered to anticipate the needs of the client and provide knowledgeable guidance. This guidance helps clients to make informed decisions and to focus on their business, leaving the legal issues to the firm’s experienced team.

Attorneys at Baker Donelson also have the opportunity to work on interesting and challenging cases. With the firm’s broad range of services, attorneys can work on a variety of cases, such as corporate law, trial practice, and more. The firm also offers its attorneys the chance to work in a variety of sectors, including healthcare, government, financial services, and more.

In addition to the professional opportunities provided by the firm, Baker Donelson also offers its attorneys a supportive work environment. The firm provides attorneys with access to a variety of resources that help them to develop their practice, such as mentorship programs, continuing legal education opportunities, and more. The firm also offers competitive salaries and benefits packages.

Experience the Benefits of Working at Baker Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Working at Baker Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC in the Bay Area provides attorneys with the opportunity to join a law firm that offers a wide range of legal services. As part of the firm, attorneys will gain experience in a variety of legal areas, from trial practice to corporate law. With the firm’s commitment to delivering results for its clients and its supportive work environment, attorneys have the chance to develop their legal skills and advance their careers.

Practice Areas

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

Hiring Criteria

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

We recruit candidates with outstanding academic credentials, strong interpersonal skills, evidence of strong writing and oral skills, a variety of extracurricular activities, and demonstrated leadership abilities.

Pro bono

From homelessness to debtors' prisons, volunteer lawyer programs to non-profit transactions, Baker Donelson is always involved in a wide variety of pro bono projects. Some highlights are featured below and in our Pro Bono Annual Report, which you can download here. Also check out examples of the pro bono work being done by a specific Baker Donelson office by clicking on the office links below. For continuing updates and current events, visit our pro bono blog, One Good Turn.

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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC Awards and Recognitions Write a review

September 18, 2012 - Baker Donelson Wins ILTA's 2012 Distinguished Peer Award for Project of the Year

January 5, 2012 - David Gambrell to Receive American Bar Foundation's Outstanding Service Award

July 29, 2009 - Linda Klein Honored with ABA's Muskie Pro Bono Award

September 6, 2011 - Meredith L. Williams Wins Prestigious International Legal Technology Association Award

January 15, 2009 - Georgia State Bar Honors Linda Klein with Lifetime Achievement Award

June 4, 2014 - Baker Donelson Named NLADA Beacon of Justice Award Winner

September 30, 2013 - George T. "Buck" Lewis Receives University of Tennessee Alumni Service Award

December 8, 2010 - Baker Donelson Receives Legal Standard of Excellence Award for New Website

July 15, 2014 - W. Scott Welch Receives Mississippi Bar's Lifetime Achievement Award

July 14, 2010 - ABA Section Recognizes Baker Donelson Attorney George T. "Buck" Lewis with Public Service Award

March 2, 2011 - Frank S. James Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award

Spring 2010 - Barrister's Breakfast Receives Outstanding Project of the Year Award

October 12, 2010 - UNICO Recognizes Lewis Donelson with Civic Award

May 29, 2008 - TBA Honors Baker Donelson with Its Law Firm Pro Bono Award

August 5, 2011 - Andrew J. Potts Named 2011 Judge Walter P. Gewin Award Winner by Alabama State Bar

February 15, 2013 - Charles K. Grant Recognized with Public Service Award

June 22, 2012 - Edward P. Meyerson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

February 15, 2012 - W. Scott Welch Receives Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association Lifetime Achievement Award

March 28, 2014 - Baker Donelson's Donna Fraiche Named Recipient of 2014 Esprit de Femme Award

July 24, 2012 - Barry W. Ford Receives Capital Area Bar Association Professionalism Award

December 9, 2010 - Memphis Bar Association Recognizes Craig C. Conley with Sam A. Myar, Jr. Memorial Award

November 10, 2009 - Baker Donelson's New Baton Rouge Office Garners Design Award

January 29, 2014 - Baker Donelson's Carol Owen Named 2013 Recipient of Inaugural Service Award

August 28, 2012 - Baker Donelson Receives Pro Bono Award for Efforts in Animal Law

January 4, 2011 - Baker Donelson Receives Southface's Volunteer of the Year Award

December 17, 2012 - Baker Donelson's Donna D. Fraiche Selected as 2012 Weiss Award Recipient

December 20, 2012 - Lewis Donelson Honored with Two Awards Recognizing His Service to the Community and Profession

Diversity Write a review

At Baker Donelson, we strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all our employees. We welcome people of all races, genders, ages, languages, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, disabilities, sexual orientations and religious beliefs to assist our clients in achieving their legal goals. We understand and salute the unique perspectives and approaches that are provided by differences in educational background, socio-economic background, personality profile, geographic location, job duties, marital and family status.

Summer associate program

Baker Donelson's Summer Associate Program imparts a realistic view of the practice and culture of our Firm. Our Summer Associates experience diverse, challenging assignments across a wide range of practice areas. They also can expect structured, personalized feedback throughout the assignments, and they have the opportunity to attend trials, hearings, depositions, negotiations and client conferences.

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