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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

At a Glance


“Great firm culture”

“Great place for women”




“Difficult to make partner”

“Non-billable time”

About Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC


A firm with offices across the Southeast as well as locations in Texas, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, Baker Donelson is a full-service law firm that also boasts a strong public policy practice supported by a policy advisor team with multiple ties to DC. Baker Donelson represents clients nationally and internationally in more than 30 practice areas.

Three Generations of Bakers

The firm that would become Baker Donelson was founded in Huntsville, Tennessee in 1888 by James F. Baker. Baker’s son, U.S. Representative Howard Baker, Sr., and grandson Howard Baker, Jr—who served as U.S. Senator, Majority Leader, and White House Chief of Staff—were also attorneys at the firm. Howard Baker Sr. was the last lawyer at Baker Donelson's original Huntsville office, which closed its doors after his death in 2014.

21st Century Growth Spurt

From those humble beginnings, Baker Donelson has since expanded to become one of the largest law firms in the country, and the firm’s recent growth has been swift and certain. The firm grew from 270 attorneys and public policy advisors in 2003 to more than 775 by 2017. In 2016 Baker Donelson expanded its reach by adding an office in South Carolina. The firm continued to grow in 2017 by merging with the law firm of Ober | Kaler in Maryland, Virginia, and an additional office in Washington DC.

Innovative Service Delivery

With a comprehensive suite of innovation services, Baker Donelson maximizes its resources to provide clients with greater efficiency, flexibility, and communication. The firm's legal project management system, BakerManage, provides clients with real-time access to project status, documents, budgets and expenses. Its budgeting tool, Budget Designer, tailors budget and pricing models for each client. The firm also offers flexible alternative pricing models to help clients better manage their budgets. And while many firms are hesitant to bring in new technology, Baker Donelson charges forward—the firm includes artificial intelligence among its tools to boost efficiency.

Best Place to Work

Baker Donelson does not reserve its largesse for its clients alone—the firm has also been one of the few law firms to rank in Fortune’s 100 best companies to work for last nine years in a row, earning praise from the magazine for its “strong commitment to public service” and higher than average salaries for multiple levels of personnel. The firm has also been recognized by the Atlanta Journal Constitution's "Top Workplaces in Atlanta" and Business Alabama's "Best Companies to Work for in Alabama." It has been named to "Best Places to Work" lists in Birmingham, AL; Atlanta, GA; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, LA; Baltimore, MD; Jackson, MS; Memphis and Nashville, TN; and Houston, TX.

A Global Outlook

To meet client needs nationally and internationally, the firm formed a Global Business Team. This group of more than 75 professionals has helped U.S. and non-U.S. clients take advantage of global opportunities in over 90 countries spanning six continents. Members of the team routinely work with U.S. clients in China, Japan, the United Kingdom, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America. The team also regularly assists non-U.S. businesses and individuals in connection with their activities within the United States.

The firm is associated with the Howard Baker Forum—a bipartisan domestic policy and international relations think tank which, according to the firm’s site, provides “a platform for examining specific, immediate, critical issues affecting the nation's progress at home and its relations abroad.”

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

First Tennessee Buidling
165 Madison Avenue, Suite 2000
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 526-2000

Firm Stats

Chairman and Managing Partner: Timothy M. Lupinacci
Recruiting Chair: Jennifer P. Keller
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
500 - 750

Base Salary

1st year: $92,000-$160,000
Summer associate: $1,200-$2,750/week

Summer Program

Summer Associate Offers:
21 out of 27 (2Ls only) (2019)

No. of Summer Associates:
38 total (27 2Ls; 11 1Ls) (2019)

Employment Contact

Rebecca P. Simon
Director of Recruiting
(205) 328-0480

Major Office Locations

Atlanta, GA
Baltimore, MD
Baton Rouge, LA
Birmingham, AL
Chattanooga, TN
Columbia, SC
Falls Church, VA
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Houston, TX
Jackson, MS
Johnson City, TN
Knoxville, TN
Macon, GA
Mandeville, LA
Memphis, TN
Memphis (East), TN
Nashville, TN
New Orleans, LA
Orlando, FL
Tallahassee, FL
Towson, MD
Washington, DC

Major Departments

Admiralty & Maritime
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Broker-Dealer/ Investment Adviser
Business Succession Planning
Business Technology
Commercial Real Estate Recovery
Corporate Compliance, Ethics and Crisis Management
Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity
Disaster Recovery and Government Services
Economic Development
eDiscovery and Information Governance
Emerging Companies
Eminent Domain
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Estate Planning and Probate
Exempt Organizations and Nonprofits
Federal Aerospace and Defense Policy
Financial Services
Global Business
Government Contracts
Government Enforcement and Investigations
Government Relations and Public Policy
Health Law
Higher Education
Hospitality, Franchising and Distribution
Insurance Regulatory
Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property & Technology Litigation
Labor & Employment
Legal Project Management
Mergers and Acquisitions
Oil & Gas
Pro Bono
Product Liability and Mass Tort
Real Estate
Securities and Corporate Governance
Taxation - Federal Income, Employment and Other
Taxation - State and Local