Law Firm Partner of the Year Award – Baker & McKenzie LLP
The relationship between the Chicago office of global law firm Baker & McKenzie LLP and LINK Unlimited, a mentoring and scholarship organization focusing on disadvantaged African American high school students, goes back more than 40 years. Baker & McKenzie senior counsel Robert L. Berner Jr. began his involvement with LINK Unlimited in the 1960s and eventually began to recruit his colleagues as LINK mentors.
Since then, more than 60 Baker & McKenzie attorneys and employees have served as mentors for LINK students. Currently, 16 Baker & McKenzie employees volunteer at LINK, and Baker & McKenzie’s North American Regional Managing Partner Philip Suse serves as the current chairman of LINK’s board.