Overview

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Firm Stats


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Total No. Attorneys (2022)

500 - 750

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No. of Partners Named (2022)

7

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Featured Rankings

Best Law Firms for Health Care


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No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2022)

23


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No. of Summer Associates (2022)

41 total (26 2Ls; 15 1Ls)


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Base Salary

1st year: $135,000-$185,000

Vault Verdict

About the Firm

Associate Reviews


  • “I think there is a very friendly yet professional atmosphere. COVID has greatly impacted our ability to have social events, but the attorneys and staff all feel very friendly and the work environment is not overly toxic or stressful as it is in some other comparable law firms.”
  • “Baker Donelson is relatively laid back, with mostly good-natured and caring individuals who value the collegial relationships here. There is an expectation that attorneys, staff, and clients will treat the others with at least respect and professionalism, if not friendly and supportive.”
  • “The firm's culture is unbelievable for its size. There's plenty of work but the firm also prioritizes attorneys’ welfare. I feel like the partners I work with are genuinely interested in my development as a young attorney and as an individual. The firm is also very transparent about finances, which, for a first associate, can be overwhelming but helps to put things in perspective for later years.”

Diversity at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

"Diversity and inclusion is a key component of the pillars of Baker Donelson's Vision and Values. Not only is Baker Donelson an equal opportunity employer; we strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all our employees. Our goal is to create an atmosphere at our Firm that honors the diverse quality in each of our employees. Our management philosophy promotes the treatment of every person with dignity and respect, values the contribution that each person makes as an individual, strives to enable our colleagues to..."

Getting Hired Here


  • “All of the above are considered—performance in law school, journal experience, clerkships, personality, and diversity. We do not have a feeder school.”
  • “The firm is looking for a well-mannered, hard-working associate. We hire mainly from the two law schools in state but welcome potential hires from other schools as well.”
  • “A big driver in recruiting for us is the candidate’s intention to stay with us long term. We look at career aspirations and likelihood that the person moved away.”

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