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Our Survey Says


BigLaw doesn’t get much bigger than Baker McKenzie. The firm focuses on cross-border work and looks for associates who want to work with international colleagues and clients. Candidates should be at the top of their class, committed to the firm, and diverse—and it doesn’t hurt to have foreign language skills and relevant work experience. Baker McKenzie stands by its “culture of friendship” mantra, and associates report that partners and senior associates provide respect, transparency, and regular feedback. The firm has extensive formal training, and new associates find mentors both formally and informally who provide guidance and readily answer questions. The work at the firm is challenging, pushing associates to develop in their practice areas very early on in their careers. Associates have a billable hour requirement of 2,000 hours, and the firm offers a flexible working program. Compensation and bonuses are at market, with additional bonuses available for associates who exceed the yearly billable hour requirement. The firm could improve its technology, and wellness efforts vary by office location. One notable perk is associates have the opportunity to work in one of the international offices for six months, highlighting the global nature of the firm’s work. Promotion at the firm is possible, and the partnership process is open and transparent for those who want it, and exit opportunities are plentiful. Baker McKenzie is committed to fostering a diverse environment. Recruitment efforts have increased the number of diverse associates, and the firm is committed to training, mentoring, and promoting diverse members. Pro bono work is promoted at the firm, and associates receive credit for 125 hours for pro bono and diversity work.

Baker McKenzie

300 East Randolph St.
Suite 5000
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 861-8000

Firm Stats

Acting Chair: Milton Cheng
Hiring Partners: Lawrence Lee and Nancy Sims (California); Matthew Jenner (Chicago); Jorge Gonzalez (Dallas/Houston); Teisha Johnson and John Fedele (DC); Federico Del Carmen (Miami); Claudia Poernig (NY)
Total No. Attorneys (2024):
4.5K - 5K
No. of Partners Named 2023:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

Base Salary

1st year: $225,000
2nd year: $235,000
3rd year: $260,000
4th year: $310,000
5th year: $365,000
6th year: $390,000
7th year: $420,000
8th year +: $435,000
Summer Associate: $4,326.92 based off of $225,000

Employment Contact

Kristina Gajewicz
Director of Recruitment, North America
General recruiting email: Recruiting contacts for all North America offices can be found at All applicants apply directly through our website; no email submissions are accepted.

No. of U.S. Offices: 9

No. of International Offices: 60+

Major Office Locations

Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA
Miami, FL
New York, NY
Palo Alto, CA
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC I
+60 international offices

Major Departments

Antitrust & Competition
Banking & Finance
Capital Markets
Consumer Goods & Retail
Compliance & Investigations
Dispute Resolution
Energy, Mining & Infrastructure
Employment & Compensation
Environment & Climate Change
Global Structuring & Integration
Information Technology & Communications
Intellectual Property
International Arbitration
International Commercial & Trade
Mergers & Acquisitions
Private Equity
Real Estate
Restructuring & Insolvency
White Collar Defense & Investigations in North America
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.