Baker Donelson

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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz P.C.
HeadquartersMemphis, Tennessee
No. of offices22 total
No. of attorneys650+ (2023)
Major practice areasGeneral practice
Key peopleTimothy Lupinacci, Chairman & CEO[1]
Date founded1888
FounderJames F. Baker
Company typeProfessional corporation

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz P.C. is a large U.S. law firm and lobbying group with offices in the Southeastern United States and Washington, D.C. Fortune has selected Baker Donelson as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For nine times, citing the firm's commitment to diversity, public service and pro bono work.[2]


Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz traces its roots back to the firm of Baker, Worthington, Crossley, Stansberry & Wolff, first forerunners founded circa 1888[3] in Huntsville, Tennessee by James F. Baker. James Baker's son, Howard Baker Sr., who served as a United States Representative from Tennessee, and his grandson, Howard Baker Jr., who served as majority leader of the United States Senate and White House Chief of Staff, were also lawyers at the firm. Howard Baker Jr. was the last lawyer at the original Huntsville office, which closed after his death in 2014.[4]

The current firm, headquartered in Memphis, is the result of a series of mergers of many different predecessor firms spread throughout the Southern United States.[5]

Practice areas[edit]

In addition to its broad-based litigation practice, the firm has practices in corporate law, mergers & acquisitions, labor and employment, real estate, bankruptcy, health law, intellectual property, international business law, and tax law. It is also known as a large lobbying firm.[6]

Notable lawyers and alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Timothy M. Lupinacci".
  2. ^ Fortunes' 100 Best Companies to Work For (2018)
  3. ^ "Profile of Professional Organization Contributors Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC". The National Law Review. The National Law Forum, LLC. 2012-11-05. Retrieved 2013-01-24.
  4. ^ a b c McQueen, MP (11 November 2014). "After 126 Years, Baker Donelson Shutters Huntsville Office". The American Lawyer. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  5. ^ Timeline of the firm's history
  6. ^ a b Catherine Ho, "Daschle Leaves DLA Piper to Form Lobbying Group at Baker Donelson", The Washington Post, November 3, 2014  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  7. ^ Michael Collins "Trump nominates Senate Leader Mark Norris, three others as federal judges in Tennessee," The Tennessean, July 13, 2017
  8. ^ "Comstock joins K Street firm". 31 January 2019.

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