BakerHostetler’s culture reflects its Midwest roots—professional, yet warm and welcoming. Associates are also treated to strong mentorship and transparent leadership. The cutting-edge “IncuBaker” team is one sign of the firm’s commitment to innovation, especially in helping clients navigate the intersection of digital business, emerging technologies, and the law.

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2022)

1K - 1.5K


No. of Partners Named (2022)



Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2021)



No. of Summer Associates (2022)

50 total (39 2Ls; 11 1Ls)


Base Salary

All Offices:

Vault Verdict

One of several elite law firms with the same first name, BakerHostetler should not be mistaken for the others. The firm has built its reputation in United States-only offices by doing amazing work with some amazing clients. It recruits associates not only from top law schools, but also top performers from mid-tier regional schools with prior work or clerkship experience. Personality, work ethic, and the ability to be a team player are important, too, as the firm wants people who work well together and who don’t mind socializing with coworkers. Partners value associates and their opinions, and are approachable for questions. They also do an admirable job making lateral hires feel like part of the team. Formal training is strong, and new hires benefit as well from partners and senio...

About the Firm

BakerHostetler is home to nearly 1,000 lawyers across 17 offices throughout the U.S. The firm maintains the requisite laundry list of BigCorp clients, as well as a small yet respectable lobbying practice. 

A Little Investment

BakerHostetler was founded in 1916 on the strength of a $1,500 investment by three lawyers in Cleveland. The firm has long been active in the political world, with namesake Newton Baker serving as a Secretary of War during World War I. A few years later, Baker attorneys represented private utility companies in their nearly 20-year fight against New Deal legislation that authorized the creation of massive public power projects. Baker lawyers later went on to advise a number of key players in the Watergate and Iran-Contra scandals. Today, the firm has grow...

Associate Reviews

  • “We have a great firm culture—collaborative and congenial. I feel supported both professionally and personally.”
  • “The firm does an excellent job of creating and maintaining a fun yet professional culture. Lawyers and staff regularly interact, and there is truly a sense of familial belonging amongst members of the firm.”
  • “It is an incredibly supportive and friendly environment. People look out for one another, and partners express concern when they feel an associate is working too much. We have many social functions that are always well attended, both on weekdays and weekends.”

Why Work Here

Diversity at BakerHostetler

"BakerHostetler is firmly committed to an inclusive and diverse work environment that actively supports the recruitment, retention and advancement of people of all backgrounds and experiences at all levels of our firm. Under the leadership of our new Chairman, Paul Schmidt, the firm has just unveiled a 5-Year Strategic Plan. An important focus of that Plan is enhancing the firm's I&D initiatives. To help us achieve these goals, we have established a new Diversity Council, composed of partner representatives from our wide-range of..."

Getting Hired Here

  • “The firm is quite competitive in the sense that it only hires from top schools and from top performers at mid-tier schools. The law school attended factors into the hiring decision, but there isn't a specific set of schools the firm will/will not hire from. I think the firm takes grades and journal experience into consideration for hiring, but I think another huge factor is personality and general fit with the firm's culture. Diversity also factors in now more than ever before.”
  • “Grades, prior work experience, and clerkship experience seem to be driving factors in the hiring process. The firm is at a disadvantage in hiring because compensation is not at market. The firm frequently hires from local schools but is not exclusive to particular feeder schools.”
  • “I believe BakerHostetler looks for the best possible candidates available and my understanding is that the firm recognizes that talented people can come from any school.”

Practice Area Q&A’s

Janine Anthony Bowen & Courtney Litchfield

Partner & Associate


Theodore J. Kobus III

Partner and Chair—Digital Assets and Data Management Group


Perks & Benefits