The firm that is today known as Baker Donelson was founded in the late 1800s. It is a storied institution in the state of Tennessee. Indeed, the name Baker refers to one of its legacy firms, founded by the grandfather of the late Howard Baker, Jr., who served as U.S. Senate Majority Leader and White House Chief of Staff and who was the firm’s last lawyer at the original Huntsville office until his death in 2014.
The product of multiple mergers, the firm today remains regional — its footprint stretching from Texas and Florida, through the southeast to Washington, D.C. Despite that geography, it counts more than 650 attorneys and enjoys a national reputation for its litigation and lobbying practices. It has also landed on Fortune’s “100 Best Places to Work” list for the last seven years.