The launch of the Chambers USA 2021 Guide has seen an increase in practice and lawyer rankings for Baker McKenzie, with the Firm having been awarded 39 practice group rankings and 77 lawyer rankings, up from around 30 and 60, respectively, in 2020. Top-tier rankings in Bands 1 and 2 totalled 21, up from 14 in 2020. And in individual categories, 22 of our US lawyers were newly ranked and six promoted.

Baker McKenzie maintained Band 1 rankings in Nationwide Tax: Controversy (2013-2021), California: San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Surrounds Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (2013-2021), Florida Tax (2010-2021), Illinois Technology and Outsourcing (2008-2021) and Northern California Tax (2016-2020).

We also saw an increase in rankings for our Nationwide Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (from Band 5 to Band 4) and Illinois Tax (from Band 3 to Band 2) groups.

Newly ranked lawyers included:


Kevin Maher

International Trade: Customs

John F McKenzie

International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions

Kerry Contini

Privacy & Data Security: Incident Response

David Lashway


Daniel Cullen


Peter Matejcak


Michael S Mensik


Peter R George


Samuel Kramer

Litigation: Securities

Perrie M Weiner

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

Sinead M Kelly

Healthcare: Pharmaceuticals/Medical Products Regulation

Veleka Peeples-Dyer

Intellectual Property: Patent Prosecution

Richard Wells


Christine Sloan

Litigation: General Commercial

Daniela Fonseca Puggina

Litigation: General Commercial

William V Roppolo


John R Dodd

Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets

David Davis


Julia Skubis Weber

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations

William Devaney


Dan Rosen

Tax: State & Local

Michael Tedesco

Lawyers promoted in rankings included:


Ann Hurwitz

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

Barbara Klementz


Jeff Maydew

Tax: State & Local

Lindsay LaCava

Tax: State & Local

Maria Eberle

Intellectual Property

John Flaim

 Practices newly ranked included:


Practice Area


*USA - Nationwide

International Arbitration: Enforcement

Spotlight Table

*USA - Nationwide

Corporate Crimes & Investigations: Highly Regarded

Band 2
*USA - Nationwide


Band 5
*USA - Nationwide


Band 2

California: San Francisco, Silicon Valley & Surrounds


Corporate M&A: The Elite
Band 4 
Florida Litigation: General Commercial: Highly Regarded Band 3
Illinois Immigration Band 2 
Illinois Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets Band 2
New York Tax: State & Local Band 1


For three decades, Chambers and Partners has ranked law firms based on technical legal ability, client service, commercial vision and business understanding, diligence, value for money and depth of team. Rankings are based on interviews with clients and peers as well as firm submissions.

A full list of all rankings can be found here.

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