With 69 international offices, Baker McKenzie is known for its cross-border work, and the firm often recruits candidates with global experience—or at least a genuine interest in international matters. The firm’s social environment makes it a good fit for those who value teamwork and camaraderie. 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 commerc...
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Given its global reach, it’s no surprise that Baker McKenzie seeks candidates with an international background. Many candidates come from T14 schools, but the firm doesn’t limit its hiring to these institutions. Baker McKenzie has a friendly, engaging environment—lawyers and staff enjoy spending time together and socializing. Partners value associates and aren’t stingy with mentoring. Transparency-wise, the firm has made some efforts, including through town halls, but some wish there had been more insight into decision-making during the pandemic. Associates are pleased with their overall compensation and the firm’s reliable matching off the market. But some feel the billable-hour requirement is too onerous at 2,000 hours and should include non-billable tasks like business developm...
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 cli...