Baker Donelson Recognized By Vault, Inc. As Top Law Firm

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Baker Donelson has been ranked among the top law firms in the country in the 2015 edition of Vault, Inc.'s "Best Law Firms to Work For" and "Best Law Firms for Diversity."

Baker Donelson ranked eleventh in the country in the "Best Law Firms to Work For" list, a prominent national ranking based on feedback from thousands of law firm associates across the country who were asked to rate their law firms on a number of quality-of-life categories. For the second consecutive year, the Firm achieved a first place ranking in the category of Transparency.
Baker Donelson was also ranked among the top ten law firms nationally in the categories of Formal Training (eighth place) and Firm Culture (ninth place).

On Vault's "Best Law Firms for Diversity" list, Baker Donelson ranked tenth overall in the country. This national ranking includes five separate categories for diversity, with the overall ranking determined by a formula that weighs all the categories evenly. Baker Donelson was ranked among the top ten law firms nationally in the categories of diversity for women (seventh) and diversity for minorities (ninth).

"We continue to believe that fostering a culture of encouragement, empowerment, inclusion and support is key to Baker Donelson's ability to provide exceptional service to our clients," said Ben C. Adams, chairman and chief executive officer of Baker Donelson. "We are proud of our commitment to our attorneys and staff, and are gratified to be recognized for our efforts."

Baker Donelson is consistently recognized as an exceptional workplace. Earlier this year, it was the highest ranked law firm on FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list, coming in at 31st in its fifth consecutive year on the prestigious list. Baker Donelson has also been recognized in numerous local workplace listings across its footprint, including in Birmingham, Alabama; Washington, D.C.; Orlando, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; New Orleans, Louisiana; Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee; Jackson, Mississippi; and Houston, Texas.


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