White & Case LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “The people really make the firm”
  • “Quality of work”
  • “The international presence and mindset of the firm is constantly impressive”

Downers

  • “Hours can be demanding”
  • “Stress”
  • “The unpredictability of hours.”

About White & Case LLP

Founded at the dawn of the 20th century, White & Case has grown from its New York beginnings to become a truly global law firm with a longstanding presence in the markets that matter today, helping clients work with confidence in any one market or many. White & Case's recent history has seen fundamental changes-from expansion in emerging markets to its leadership-remaking the firm's identity while remaining a go-to firm for international matters with strong institutional ties to America's corporate elite.

Break the Piggy Bank

Using their own savings accounts, Justin DuPratt White and George B. Case opened their eponymous firm in downtown Manhattan in 1901, profiting quickly thanks to their relationship with Henry P. Davison, a prominent financier who became a senior partner at JP Morgan & Company. Thus, White & Case's first clients were entities that had been formed or financed by JP Morgan. White & Case also advised White's alma mater, Cornell University.

During World War I the firm advised JP Morgan on its deal with war materials manufacturers and suppliers to the French and British militaries. The firm's growing connection to European companies prompted it to open its first foreign office in Paris-the beginning of the firm's international expansion that continues today.

Collecting Passport Stamps

This international bent has given the firm a reputation as one of BigLaw's big boppers in global M&A, finance, antitrust, arbitration, and financial restructuring and insolvency. White & Case had its gaze fixed on emerging markets long before most of its peers could even find them on a map.

In modern times, White & Case has established itself in 44 offices in 30 countries, developing serious expertise in cross-border and multijurisdictional cases and transactions. Jim Hurlock, who led the firm from 1980 to 2000, succeeded in his vow to make White & Case a truly global firm, building a network of offices that were locally staffed and well-connected to both local and multinational clients including foreign investors, sovereign wealth funds, and foreign governments and government agencies. After the Iron Curtain fell, White & Case attorneys began to serve as advisors to several newly-independent governments as they ushered in an era of privatization in Eastern Europe.

Global Changes

Partner Duane Wall led the firm through much of the 2000s, supervising growth worldwide, particularly in Asia. Hugh Verrier was elected Chair of the firm in 2007 after serving on the management board and leading the Moscow office. Reelected in 2011 and in 2015, he leads a new system of governance: a nine-member partnership committee with members elected by partners to four-year terms and a four-member executive committee. The firm also organized its global office network into regional sections.

With 36 of its 44 offices overseas, White & Case is a pioneer of the international law firm model. Its cross-border expertise and diverse team of local, U.S. and English qualified lawyers enables it to continue its growth in work for some of the world's most respected and well-established banks and businesses, as well as start-up visionaries. The firm's global pro bono practice, established in 2010, is one of the few in the world, and underscores the firm's commitment to human rights and social justice worldwide.

 

IN THE NEWS

Ongoing


Diversity and inclusion are inherent core values of White & Case. The firm was recognized as first in diversity in The American Lawyer's Diversity Scorecard in 2017 and 2018 (fourth and fifth consecutive years) and as the #1 ranking law firm for lawyers of color in Law360's 2017 Diversity Snapshot for the second consecutive year. It was also named the Best International Law firm for Talent management in the Americas (fifth consecutive year), Europe (second consecutive year) and Asia (third consecutive year) by Euromoney Legal Media Group Women in Business Law 2017 and received a 100% rating on commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender work place issues from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index 2017 (the firm's tenth consecutive perfect rating).

May 2018

White & Case represented, Avast, the leading global cybersecurity provider, on its US$816.6 million (£602 million) initial public offering, the largest-ever software IPO on the London Stock Exchange.

April 2018

Seeking legal redress for the young victims of the Flint, Michigan water crisis, White & Case, together with the ACLU of Michigan and the Education Law Center, forged a class action lawsuit settlement with local authorities establishing an unprecedented program to provide universal screening, and in-depth assessments when necessary, to all Flint children impacted by the crisis. Michigan agreed to pay $4 million to cover the cost of the screenings. White & Case's litigation will continue on other parts of the lawsuit, including a crucial push to require that children be given services once they are identified.

December 2017

Burdened with nearly US$20 billion in debt, Brazilian company Oi, S.A., one of the world's largest integrated telecommunications enterprises, turned to White & Case to advise it through its global debt restructuring. Spanning three continents, the cross-border restructuring required coordination of financial restructuring proceedings in Brazil, the Netherlands, the UK and the US, and yielded precedent-making decisions from the highest business courts in Brazil, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands and the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

White & Case helped develop a winning procedural strategy that created the conditions for its clients, Toshiba Corporation and Toshiba Memory Corporation (TMC), to reach a global settlement of three International Chamber of Commerce arbitrations, in which the claimants agreed to withdraw all their claims with prejudice. The settlement allowed Toshiba to proceed with the US$18 billion sale of TMC in what the Financial Times described as "one of the biggest private equity-led buyouts since the end of the financial crisis."

September 2017

In a deal boasting the highest-ever sale price of a National Basketball Association team, White & Case represented Mr. Leslie Alexander and his affiliated entities in the $2.2 billion sale of the Houston Rockets NBA team and its interest in the Toyota Center to Houston businessman Tilman J. Fertitta and his affiliated entity, Fertitta Entertainment, Inc.

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White & Case LLP

1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 819-8200

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chair: Hugh Verrier
  • Total No. Attorneys 2018: 2,054

  • Base Salary
    New York, NY
    1st year: $190,000
    2nd year: $200,000
    3rd year: $220,000
    4th year: $255,000
    5th year: $280,000
    6th year: $305,000
    7th year: $325,000
    8th year: $340,000
    Summer associate: $3,700/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    96 out of 96 (2Ls) (2017)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust/Competition • Asset Finance • Aviation • Banking • Capital Markets • Chemicals • Commercial Litigation • Construction • Consumer Products • Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity • Employment, Compensation & Benefits • Environment & Climate Change • Financial Institutions • Financial Institutions Advisory • Financial Restructuring and Insolvency • Infrastructure • Intellectual Property • International Arbitration • International Trade • Islamic Finance • Manufacturing & Industrial • Maritime & Shipping • Media • Mergers & Acquisitions • Mining & Metals • National Security • Oil & Gas • Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare • Power • Private Clients • Private Equity • Pro Bono • Project Finance • Real Estate • Regulatory & Compliance • Sourcing & Technology Transactions • Sovereigns • Tax • Technology • Telecommunications • White Collar/Investigations

Major Office Locations

  • Boston, MA • Chicago, IL • Houston, TX • Los Angeles, CA • Miami, FL • New York, NY • Silicon Valley, CA • Washington, DC Abu Dhabi • Astana • Beijing • Berlin • Bratislava • Brussels • Cairo • Doha • Dubai • Düsseldorf • Frankfurt • Geneva • Hamburg • Helsinki • Hong Kong • Istanbul • Jakarta* • Johannesburg • London • Madrid • Melbourne • Mexico City • Milan • Moscow • Paris • Prague • Riyadh* • São Paulo • Seoul • Shanghai • Singapore • Stockholm • Sydney • Tashkent • Tokyo • Warsaw *Associated firm