White & Case LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “The international projects and contacts”
  • “The associates and partners are great to work with”
  • “No pressure for ‘face time’”

Downers

  • “Mentoring is not really emphasized at the firm”
  • “Internal politics”
  • “The crazy 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 41 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 35 of its 41 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 2017
Landmark Islamic Financing

Islamic finance continues to make advances in global capital markets. In a milestone Islamic finance transaction, White & Case advised numerous global financial institutions on The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's establishment of a trust certificate issuance program and the issuance thereunder of US$9 billion of Sukuk trust certificates-the largest-ever offering of Sukuk in the capital markets.

December 2016-March 2017
Greening of Capital Markets

Capital markets can contribute greatly to mitigating climate change risk and the necessary renewal of public infrastructure. White & Case demonstrated this as it represented the Ministry of Finance, Republic of Poland in its €750 million green bond offering-the world's first sovereign green bond-and advised French bank Crédit Agricole CIB on a landmark $3 billion synthetic securitization of project finance, asset finance and infrastructure loans, a first-of-its-kind "Green Capital Note" blending best practice from capital management with the objectives of socially responsible investing.

January 2017
We're Number One!

Both Mergermarket and Bloomberg's Global M&A League Tables ranked White & Case as the #1 law firm for global M&A by deal value in 2016. The firm advised on 319 announced deals worldwide in 2016 with a total aggregate value of more than US$665 million.

2016
Top Law Firm for Diversity

Diversity and inclusion are inherent core values of White & Case. The firm was recognized as first in diversity for the third consecutive year in American Lawyer's Diversity Scorecard and as the #1 ranking law firm for lawyers of color in Law360's 2016 Diversity Snapshot. It won the 2016 Law Firm Diversity Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, was named the Best International Law Firm for Talent Management in the Americas, Europe and Asia by Euromoney Legal Media Group Women in Business Law 2016, 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 2016-the firm's eighth consecutive perfect rating.

Financing of Projects Worldwide

White & Case advised on the financing of many of the biggest and most significant projects worldwide, ranging from hydroelectric power plants in Brazil, a $822 million electricity transmission line which will unify most of Chile's power grid, and a bauxite mine in the Republic of Guinea to the US$2 billion development of Kazakhstan's first integrated gas chemical complex, the United Arab Emirate's first nuclear energy project and Germany's A8 motorway project..

August 2016
Big Win for Big Pharma

White & Case successfully defended pharmaceutical giant Pfizer against antitrust claims in federal court brought by putative classes of direct/indirect purchasers of the drug Celebrex, with US sales of $2 billion. The plaintiffs claimed Pfizer engaged in a scheme to delay generic competition by fraudulently obtaining a patent on Celebrex and engaging in "sham" litigation, but all claims were dismissed. 

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White & Case LLP

1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
Phone: (212) 819-8200

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chair: Hugh Verrier
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 2,026

  • 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
    94 out of 94 (2Ls) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust/Competition • Asset Finance • Aviation • Banking • Capital Markets • Chemicals • Commercial Litigation • Construction • Consumer Products • Data, Privacy & Cyber Security • Employment, Compensation & Benefits • Environment & Climate Change • 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 • 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 • Melbourne • Madrid • Mexico City • Milan • Moscow • Paris • Prague • Riyadh* • São Paulo • Seoul • Shanghai • Singapore • Stockholm • Sydney • Tokyo • Warsaw *Associated firm