Barbara Klementz has been named Managing Partner of Baker McKenzie's San Francisco and Palo Alto offices. She succeeds Colin Murray, who has been named Managing Partner of North America.
Barbara is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Compensation and Employment Group, practicing in the area of Executive Compensation with a special focus on global equity compensation and incentive programs. She regularly advises multinational companies on implementing and maintaining their equity compensation and other incentive programs worldwide as well as on a variety of executive compensation matters.
Barbara is the chair of the San Francisco/Palo Alto Global Equity Services sub-practice and co-chair of the San Francisco/Palo Alto Compensation and Employment Group.
"Barbara is a true leader who supports our people, their career development and their diversity," Colin said. "She is a recognized leader in her field whose deep experience working with clients from around the globe will help us enhance our service delivery in the Bay Area."
Barbara serves as a director on the board of the Global Equity Organization and as a member of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, as well as the Bar Association of San Francisco. She has authored several articles on global equity issues for the BNA Executive Compensation Journal, Journal of Corporate Taxation, and the San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journals, and she is the author of a blog called the Global Equity Equation. She is a frequent speaker on a variety of global equity and executive compensation topics.
"Baker McKenzie's San Francisco and Palo Alto offices are home to an amazing array of lawyers who excel at helping clients navigate complex global issues in all practice areas," Barbara said. "I want to continue to support my colleagues as they provide excellent client service and build our offices even further, using our deep knowledge and broad global service offerings."
Baker McKenzie has been in the Bay Area since 1970, and its offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto currently have 120 attorneys advising clients on international commercial, corporate/M&A, tax, employment & compensation, litigation and government enforcement matters.
Attorneys in these offices have been recognized as among the top labor and employment lawyers in California, the top women lawyers in the state, California's most innovative corporate lawyers, and the top women leaders in technology law.