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BakerHostetler may have a similar name as many other firms, but associates know this firm stands out from the rest. Proud of its midwestern roots, BakerHostetler has a strong U.S. presence from coast to coast, employing over 1,000 attorneys committed to providing the highest level of client service. The firm wants lawyers who are not pretentious and will fit into the friendly, social, and collaborative culture. Partners at BakerHostetler treat associates well, from assisting with career advancement to the development of associates' skills to respecting associates' lives outside of the office. Associates feel they have autonomy in when and where they work and can manage their own workloads and ask for assistance if they have too much on their plate. Work assignments are substantive, and associates can work above their level with the assurance that more senior attorneys are there to support and answer questions. BakerHostetler has formal training for junior, mid-level, and senior associates to ensure associates have the tools necessary for career advancement. Mentorship isn’t just a buzzword at the firm—mentoring connections are meaningful and impactful. The firm hires associates who want to stay at the firm and make partner, and leadership is transparent about partnership prospect expectations. Associates can also become counsel at BakerHostetler or go in-house to one of the firm’s stellar clients. Compensation at the firm is market for junior associates, and though the firm moves away from the lockstep model as associates get more senior, the lifestyle and work-life balance the firm provides makes up for the lower salary. BakerHostetler leads the way in tech, and the IncuBaker group helps both lawyers and clients with emerging technological issues and trends. Firmwide, BakerHostetler attorneys work thousands of hours on pro bono matters, and the recent Mansfield Certification highlights the firm’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion both inside and outside of the firm.


Washington Square, Suite 1100
1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036-5304
Phone: (202) 861-1500

Firm Stats

Chairman: Paul M. Schmidt
Chief Practice Partner: Lauren J. Resnick
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2022:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

Base Salary

Base Salary (2023)
1st year: $200,000–215,000
Summer Associate: $200,000–215,000

Employment Contact

Michele Ward
Director of Recruiting
(310) 979-8464
General Recruiting Email:

No. of U.S. Offices: 17

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Atlanta, GA
Chicago, IL
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Columbus, OH
Costa Mesa, CA
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Orlando, FL
Philadelphia, PA
San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA
Washington, DC (HQ)
Wilmington, DE

Major Departments

Digital Assets and Data Management
Labor and Employment
Intellectual Property
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.