The roots of our Birmingham office can be traced to the firm Abe Berkowitz founded in 1928 during the Great Depression.
In the late '50s and early '60s, Mr. Berkowitz was outspoken in his opposition to prevailing unfair laws and customs, embodied by Public Safety Commissioner "Bull" Connor. While this made him a target for anti-civil rights extremists, he ultimately contributed to changing Birmingham's form of government, unseating Connor from his position of control.
The firm grew tremendously in the ensuing decades, as Abe Berkowitz and original partner Arnold Lefkovits built a client-oriented culture of service which continued up until its combination with Baker Donelson in 2003 and is still alive today. As one of the top 100 law firms in the country, and the largest firm operating in Birmingham, Baker Donelson now offers the skills and experience of more than 700 attorneys in 21 offices across the Southeast and Washington, D.C., providing a wide variety of legal services to clients in the financial services, real estate, construction, transportation and telecommunication industries, among many others.
We are known for our trial successes in complex, high-stakes litigation, as well as our management of complicated corporate transactions for public and private companies of all sizes. And the Firm's award-winning Legal Project Management office serves as a leader in the industry, offering systems that help clients manage their legal portfolios and expenditures more thoughtfully and efficiently.
The Birmingham office continues to be actively involved in the community, through its partnerships with the Minority Business Opportunity Center of Alabama and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, as well as internships and scholarships. The shareholder responsible for the Firm's robust pro bono program is based in Birmingham, managing a program that provides more than 20,000 hours of pro bono legal service annually, and Birmingham attorneys serve in leadership positions for numerous local community organizations.