2023 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Market compensation, friendly people, interesting work, and relaxed atmosphere.”
“The constant global and international nature of the work, the ability to work with offices across the world, and the work/life balance.”
“Increasing demand and increasing pressure to bill more hours.”
“Poor work allocation.”
About Baker McKenzie
Baker McKenzie takes “global” to another level with dozens of offices spanning every continent. The firm’s geographic and practice-area diversification has enabled it to ride out financial storms while outrunning a legion of BigLaw competitors. The firm counsels more than half of the world’s largest public companies in a range of practices.
It all started in 1948, when Russell Baker and John McKenzie shared a cab and discussed the idea of an international law firm. By 1949, the two had launched Baker & McKenzie, with Baker focused on building the international practice while McKenzie handled the litigation work. The rest is history.
These days, any firm with a few outposts outside its home city or a number of foreign-based clients proudly awards itself an “international law firm” sash. Baker McKenzie, however, pretty much coined the term: it is by many measures the largest law firm in the world, with more than 6,000 attorneys (one-third of whom are partners) covering dozens of jurisdictions. Thanks to the firm’s global footprint (78 offices in 47 countries, at last count), Baker McKenzie remains unique among law firms. The firm continues to grow, with an average of one new office being added each year since its inception, the firm has defined rapid and steady growth without losing its reputation for quality legal work.
Crossing Borders, Crunching Numbers
While the firm wears many hats, it is most known for its cross-border work and its tax practice. The firm advises on an array of practice areas, including antitrust, capital markets, employment, intellectual property, international commercial and trade, M&A, private equity, real estate, restructuring, tax, and the list goes on. And, of course, the firm’s reach in these areas is global. In fact, according to the firm, almost two-thirds of firm revenues are derived from cross-border deals where clients are in five-plus countries.
Within the firm's deal portfolio is a consistently growing number of high-profile, cross-border and domestic M&A transactions, including public and private M&A, joint ventures and strategic alliances, divestures and carve-outs, SPACs and more. Baker McKenzie's M&A practice has been ranked #1 in cross-border deals by volume over the past decade by Refinitiv.
Baker McKenzie is also consistently among the top five firms in Vault’s Tax Practice Area ranking. With 950 tax practitioners—lawyers, economists and advisers—in more than 40 countries, the firm’s tax department assists clients around the globe in such areas as customs, economic services, real estate tax, state and local tax, supply chain tax planning, tax despite resolution, tax issues relating to M&A and reorganization, general tax planning and policy, and more.
Given its international reach, it may come as no surprise that Baker McKenzie offers its associates ample international work experience—and that experience may include living abroad. Through the firm’s Associate Training Program (“ATP”), associates live and work abroad for a period of two months to two years. This inter-office secondment aims to give associates insight into the firm’s global work, contribute to associates’ professional development, and bolster the firm’s transactional strategies, among other things. Law students can ready their passports, as well—the firm offers 10 international clerkships to second-year law students and recent grads.
The firm is committed to attracting and recruiting qualified, diverse talent to join our firm. We look forward to recruiting for our 2022 summer program beginning in late Summer 2021. Any available lateral associate positions can be found on our firm's career website for candidates to apply directly: bakermckenzie.com/en/locations/north-america#careers
News & Awards
- Baker McKenzie advised Nielsen Holdings in a $16 billion cross-border deal to be acquired by a private equity consortium led by Evergreen Coast Capital Corporation and Brookfield Business Partners L.P.
- Baker McKenzie advised Johnson & Johnson in a spin-off of its consumer products division from its drug and medical device businesses.
- Baker McKenzie advised MedMen in a wrongful discharge suit, securing a complete defense verdict in favor of the company and its two co-founders.
- World's No. 1 Law Firm Brand 2022 - Thomson Reuters Global Elite Law Firm Brand Index
- Top 50 Best Law Firms for Women 2021 - Seramount (formerly Working Mother Media)
- Corporate Equality Index Perfect Score 2022 - Human Rights Campaign Foundation
- Mansfield Certification Plus 2021 - The Diversity Lab
- No. 4 Law Firm Brand in the US 2022 - Thomson Reuters US Law Firm Brand Index
300 East Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 861-8000
Acting Chair: Milton Cheng
Hiring Partners: Emery Mitchell (California); Susan Ryba (Chicago); Melinda Phelan (Dallas/Houston); Summer Austin (DC); William Roppolo (Miami); Reza Nader (NY)
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
5K - 6K
No. of Partners Named 2021:
1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $250,000
4th year: $295,000
5th year: $345,000
6th year: $370,000
7th year: $400,000
8th year +: $415,000
Summer Associate: $4,086.54/week
Director of Recruitment, Americas
Recruiting contacts for all North America offices can be found at bakermckenzie.com/en/locations/north-america#careers. All applicants apply directly through our website; no email submissions are accepted.
No. of U.S. Offices: 9
No. of International Offices: 69
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Palo Alto, CA
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC I +69 international offices
Antitrust & Competition
Banking & Finance
Consumer Goods & Retail
Compliance & Investigations
Energy, Mining & Infrastructure
Employment & Compensation
Environment & Climate Change
Global Structuring & Integration
Information Technology & Communications
International Commercial & Trade
Mergers & Acquisitions
Restructuring & Insolvency
White Collar Defense & Investigations in North America
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.