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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.
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.
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.
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.
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.
September 18, 2012 - Baker Donelson Wins ILTA's 2012 Distinguished Peer Award for Project of the YearJanuary 5, 2012 - David Gambrell to Receive American Bar Foundation's Outstanding Service AwardJuly 29, 2009 - Linda Klein Honored with ABA's Muskie Pro Bono AwardSeptember 6, 2011 - Meredith L. Williams Wins Prestigious International Legal Technology Association AwardJanuary 15, 2009 - Georgia State Bar Honors Linda Klein with Lifetime Achievement AwardJune 4, 2014 - Baker Donelson Named NLADA Beacon of Justice Award WinnerSeptember 30, 2013 - George T. "Buck" Lewis Receives University of Tennessee Alumni Service AwardDecember 8, 2010 - Baker Donelson Receives Legal Standard of Excellence Award for New WebsiteJuly 15, 2014 - W. Scott Welch Receives Mississippi Bar's Lifetime Achievement AwardJuly 14, 2010 - ABA Section Recognizes Baker Donelson Attorney George T. "Buck" Lewis with Public Service AwardMarch 2, 2011 - Frank S. James Receives Distinguished Alumnus AwardSpring 2010 - Barrister's Breakfast Receives Outstanding Project of the Year AwardOctober 12, 2010 - UNICO Recognizes Lewis Donelson with Civic AwardMay 29, 2008 - TBA Honors Baker Donelson with Its Law Firm Pro Bono AwardAugust 5, 2011 - Andrew J. Potts Named 2011 Judge Walter P. Gewin Award Winner by Alabama State BarFebruary 15, 2013 - Charles K. Grant Recognized with Public Service AwardJune 22, 2012 - Edward P. Meyerson Receives Lifetime Achievement AwardFebruary 15, 2012 - W. Scott Welch Receives Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association Lifetime Achievement AwardMarch 28, 2014 - Baker Donelson's Donna Fraiche Named Recipient of 2014 Esprit de Femme AwardJuly 24, 2012 - Barry W. Ford Receives Capital Area Bar Association Professionalism AwardDecember 9, 2010 - Memphis Bar Association Recognizes Craig C. Conley with Sam A. Myar, Jr. Memorial AwardNovember 10, 2009 - Baker Donelson's New Baton Rouge Office Garners Design AwardJanuary 29, 2014 - Baker Donelson's Carol Owen Named 2013 Recipient of Inaugural Service AwardAugust 28, 2012 - Baker Donelson Receives Pro Bono Award for Efforts in Animal LawJanuary 4, 2011 - Baker Donelson Receives Southface's Volunteer of the Year AwardDecember 17, 2012 - Baker Donelson's Donna D. Fraiche Selected as 2012 Weiss Award RecipientDecember 20, 2012 - Lewis Donelson Honored with Two Awards Recognizing His Service to the Community and Profession
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.
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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