As a result, Baker Donelson’s client service standards, consistent across all locations, are what make them one of the Mississippi Business Journal’s 2010 “Best Places to Work in Mississippi.”
While providing legal services is their focus, the firm’s goal is to provide clients with more than what they have come to expect from a law firm.
But public service also plays a significant role in the Baker Donelson culture. Many of the firm’s attorneys have served in a variety of international, federal and state government positions, and also serve on the boards of numerous civic, charitable, religious, academic and professional organizations. Its personnel are involved in a wide range of organizations on many levels, including Habitat for Humanity, Juvenile Diabetes Association, Kidney Foundation, MADD, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi Cultural Exchange and Mississippi Museum of Art.
Baker Donelson’s unique approach to providing legal services is enabled by its extensive support structure. As the 73rd-largest law firm in the nation, the firm gives clients access to a team of more than 550 attorneys and public policy advisors representing more than 30 practice areas, all seamlessly connected across 15 offices to serve virtually any legal need.
That experience, integrity and commitment has earned Baker Donelson numerous distinctions, including: 63 attorneys recognized by Chambers USA (2010); 18 practice areas recognized by the publication as leading practices in individual states (2010);176 attorneys in Best Lawyers in America in 2010; and, 96 attorneys recognized as Super Lawyers.
Recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the Top 25 highest-paying companies, Baker Donelson boasts 279 attorneys that make over $300,00 annually. But support staff are well compensated, too – Legal secretaries average a little under $50,000 a year, while paralegals earn $2,600 more than the average of $56,760.
The firm also likes to bring staff together. Mornings at Baker Donelson begin with The Daily Docket, a 10-15 minute huddle of lawyers and staff in 10-person teams to update everyone on what is going on.
There are three ground rules: 1) Start on time. 2) Finish on time. 3) Don’t try to solve problems.
It is the firm’s policy to support charities that matter most to their attorneys and staff by providing priority to funding those organizations for whom staff serve as board members.
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