Baker & McKenzie pulls plug on San Diego base

Baker & McKenzie is to close its San Diego office at the end of the month with all fee-earners and staff losing their jobs.

The firm said it is winding down its presence in the city as the base has ceased to be viable. Seven fee-earners and more than a dozen staff have been given severance packages.

A spokesman for Baker & McKenzie said that partner Colin Murray will relocate to the firm’s San Francisco office, as will partner Chuck Dick until his retirement this summer. Former partner Ali Mojdehi has now left the firm.

Philip Suse, Baker & McKenzie’s North American managing partner, said the closure does not impact on the firm’s continued growth plans.

He said: “We’re grateful for the contributions our San Diego personnel have made over the years.

“As always, our clients’ interests are paramount, and we’re transitioning affected client matters as is appropriate. We remain firmly committed to the California market, with more than 200 lawyers and staff in San Francisco and Palo Alto.  

“We continue to see robust demand there for our services, and our practices are strong and well positioned to serve client needs throughout the state.”