White & Case LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Extremely intelligent colleagues”
  • “The breadth of international experience”
  • “Being given challenging, substantive work right off the bat”

Downers

  • “Hours are demanding”
  • “Cross-border work means navigating time zones”
  • “Unpredictability of work”

The Buzz

  • “Great at international work”
  • “Smart (and they know it)”
  • “2009 was tough”
  • “Killer hours”

About White & Case LLP

Founded 115 years ago, 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 Almaty on a map.

In modern times, White & Case has established itself in 38 offices in over two dozen 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 32 of its 38 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

April 2016
Landmark Arbitration Claim Settled

After Argentina's 2001 sovereign bond default, White & Case successfully guided its clients-nearly 50,000 Italian bondholders who are claimants in a landmark arbitration before the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) at the World Bank-to a US $1 billion settlement with Argentina, the first matter in ICSID's history to involve a mass claim. Argentina agreed to pay the claimants 150 percent of the original principal amount of the affected bonds that Argentina defaulted on 15 years ago.

April 2016
New Offices, New Strategy

Strengthening its long-established presence in key markets on five continents, White & Case opened a new office in Boston, following new office openings in Seoul (August 2015) and Dubai (May 2015). The firm also launched and is implementing a new five-year growth strategy focusing on three strategic pillars: growing profitably, engaging its people and strengthening its client relationships. In implementing this strategy, White & Case aims to grow its US and London presence and to grow in four key global industries-financial institutions, private equity, technology, and oil & gas-and three key practices-M&A, capital markets, and disputes-that play to the firm's strength in handling complex, cross-border work.

March 2016
Oman, That's a Big Financing!

White & Case advised six Export Credit Agencies and a syndication of nineteen international and regional banks on the development and financing for the US$6.4 billion Liwa Plastic Industries Complex in Oman. The financing will be one of the largest project financings in the region to reach financial close in 2016, with US$3.8 billion committed senior debt.

December 2015
Insolvency in Iceland

White & Case advised Kaupthing ehf. (formerly Kaupthing Bank hf.) on its restructuring. Kaupthing's insolvency was the biggest and most high-profile casualty of the Icelandic banking crisis and one of the largest-ever corporate bankruptcies globally. Kaupthing's restructuring, completed after four years, enabled billions of euros in cash and other entitlements to be distributed to creditors worldwide. The White & Case team which advised on the transaction was led by London-based partners with support from more than 100 colleagues worldwide.

October 2015
Combating Online Sexual Exploitation of Children

Thirty partners and 164 associates in 20 offices worked with End Child Prostitution and Trafficking (ECPAT) International, a global network of organizations dedicated to ending sexual exploitation of children, to research the legal frameworks related to online child sexual exploitation in ninety-two countries for ECPAT's Global Study of Laws Relating to Sexual Exploitation of Children Online. The Study is the first comprehensive, global survey of substantive and procedural law related to online child sexual exploitation, and will be used worldwide by policymakers and legislators, law enforcement agencies, a range of regional and sub-regional child safety networks, regional economic commissions, NGOs, and others to combat this horrific form of exploitation.

July-August 2015
Big Pharma and Healthcare, Big Deals

Pharmaceutical and healthcare mergers and acquisitions were prominent in 2015, and White & Case was and is involved in many of the biggest of those transactions. The firm is representing Anthem, Inc. in its pending US$54.2 billion acquisition of Cigna Corporation, which will create a premier health benefits company. White & Case also represented Omnicare in its US$12.9 billion sale to CVS Health Corp. and Hikma Pharmaceuticals in its US$2.65 billion acquisition of German drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim's US-based generic drug business.

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White & Case LLP

1155 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 819-8200

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chair: Hugh Verrier
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 2,006

  • Base Salary
    New York, NY
    1st year: $180,000
    2nd year: $190,000
    3rd year: $210,000
    4th year: $235,000
    5th year: $260,000
    6th year: $280,000
    7th year: $300,000
    8th year: $315,000
    Summer associate: $3,500/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    65 out of 65 (2Ls) (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust/Competition
    Asset Finance
    Aviation
    Banking
    Capital Markets
    Commercial Litigation
    Construction
    Consumer Products
    Data, Privacy & Cyber Security
    Employment, Compensation & Benefits
    Environment & Climate Change
    Financial Institutions
    Financial Restructuring & Insolvency
    Infrastructure
    Intellectual Property
    International Arbitration
    International Trade
    Islamic Finance
    Manufacturing & Industrial
    Maritime & Shipping
    Media
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Mining & Metals
    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 • Los Angeles, CA • Miami, FL • New York, NY • Silicon Valley, CA • Washington, DC Abu Dhabi • Ankara • Astana • Beijing • Berlin • Bratislava • Brussels • Doha • Dubai • Düsseldorf • Frankfurt • Geneva • Hamburg • Helsinki • Hong Kong • Istanbul • Johannesburg • London • Madrid • Mexico City • Milan • Moscow • Paris • Prague • Riyadh • São Paulo • Seoul • Shanghai • Singapore • Stockholm • Tokyo • Warsaw