White & Case LLP at a Glance


  • “Interesting (and often international) opportunities”
  • “Collegial and intelligent colleagues”
  • “Great compensation”


  • “There can be a lot of doc review”
  • “On call at all times”
  • “Long path to partnership”

The Buzz

  • “Great international practice”
  • “Talented”
  • “Arrogant but good”
  • “White shoe”

About White & Case LLP

Founded 114 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 33 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.


April 2015

Product Hopping Claim Stopped in its Tracks
White & Case represented pharmaceutical giant Warner Chilcott/Actavis in the Doryx® litigation, winning the first summary judgment granted in an antitrust "product hopping" case anywhere globally, a theory which challenges rapid innovation. The court rejected allegations that Warner Chilcott illegally shifted to newer versions of Doryx® to avoid generic competition. This case is one of the first to examine if a manufacturer can freely innovate in introducing new products. The court found that Warner Chilcott didn't exclude competition by reformulating, introducing and marketing new versions of Doryx®, or even by withdrawing old versions, key issues in the increasing number of cases regarding pharmaceutical "product hopping."

February 2015

A Well Oiled Project
More than 75 lawyers from multiple White & Case offices worldwide worked together to represent Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) as a sponsor of the US$8 billion expansion of its existing, world-scale petroleum refining and petrochemicals complex in Saudi Arabia. With a total cost of US$18 billion, the combined facilities will form one of the largest refining and petrochemical complexes ever built. Among other things, the firm negotiated 150 sophisticated finance documents involving 30 financial institutions-commercial banks, Islamic finance banks, public investment banks, public investment funds and development funds and government export-credit agencies-that are providing financing.

November 2014

Painting the Town Red, White and Green
In the largest mergers and acquisition transaction in Mexico in 2014, White & Case represented Consorcio Comex and its shareholders in the US$2.3 billion acquisition of Comex Mexico by PPG Industries, Inc. Comex is a landmark Mexican family-owned company dedicated to the manufacturing of paint and coatings with over 3,600 points of sale in Mexico, operations in Mexico and points of sale in Central America.

October 2014

Reducing Debt, Saving Animals
Lawyers in White & Case's Tokyo office served as pro bono legal counsel to Conservation International in a US$12.7 million debt-for-nature swap. The agreement between the U.S. government, the Indonesian government, CI and Indonesian NGO KEHAT will reduce debt payments Indonesia owes to the United States. In return, Indonesia will commit nearly US$12.7 million toward critically endangered species and their associated habitats in Sumatra.

September 2014

Sovereign Dispute
The value of having bilateral investment treaty protections was recently highlighted by the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes US$740.3 million arbitration award issued in favor of our client Gold Reserve Inc., a Canadian mining company, as a result of Venezuela's violations of the Canada-Venezuela bilateral investment treaty. The award is one of the largest rendered by an ICSID tribunal to date.

July 2014

Expanding Infrastructure
White & Case represented the European Investment Bank in the issuance of the first project bond in Europe for digital infrastructure. The project bond refinanced 11 French telecoms concessions owned by Axione Infrastructures.

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White & Case LLP

1155 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036-2787
Phone: (212) 819-8200
Fax: (212) 354-8113


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chair: Hugh Verrier
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 1,878

  • Employment Contact
    Jane P. Stein
    Americas Director of Attorney Recruiting
    Phone: (212) 819-8271
    Fax: (212) 354-8113
    E-mail: recruit@whitecase.com Contacts for each location at www.whitecase.com/careers

  • Base Salary
    New York, NY
    1st year: $160,000
    2nd year: $170,000
    3rd year: $185,000
    4th year: $210,000
    5th year: $230,000
    6th year: $250,000
    7th year: $265,000
    8th year: $280,000
    Summer associate: $3,077/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    57 out of 58 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Asset Finance
    Capital Markets
    Commercial Litigation
    Consumer Products
    Data, Privacy & Cyber Security
    Employment, Compensation & Benefits
    Environment & Climate Change
    Financial Institutions
    Financial Restructuring & Insolvency
    Intellectual Property
    International Arbitration
    International Trade
    Islamic Finance
    Manufacturing and Industrial
    Maritime & Shipping
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Mining & Metals
    Oil & Gas
    Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare
    Private Clients
    Private Equity
    Pro Bono
    Project Finance
    Real Estate
    Regulatory & Compliance
    Sourcing & Technology Transactions
    White Collar/Investigations

Major Office Locations

  • Los Angeles, CA • Miami, FL • New York, NY • Silicon Valley, CA • Washington, DC • Abu Dhabi • Almaty • Ankara • Astana • Beijing • Berlin • Bratislava • Brussels • Doha • Dubai • Düsseldorf • Frankfurt • Geneva • Hamburg • Helsinki • Hong Kong • Istanbul • Johannesburg • London • Madrid • Mexico City • Milan • Moscow • Munich • Paris • Prague • Riyadh • São Paulo • Shanghai • Singapore • Stockholm • Tokyo • Warsaw

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