2020 Vault Rankings
- Pro Bono#19
- Firm Culture#26
- New York#16
At a Glance
"Incredible responsibility given to junior associates.”
“The hours can be intense.”
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. The firm has 44 offices across 30 countries and is well known for its experience handling cross-border and multi-jurisdictional cases and transactions.
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. In 1926, the firm opened its first foreign office in Paris—the beginning of the firm’s international expansion that continues today.
Collecting Passport Stamps
White & Case’s 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. The firm’s client roster includes 75 percent of the Global Fortune 100, 25 percent of the Fortune 500, startups, governments, and state-owned entities.
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 startup visionaries.
Citizens of the World
Given its global footprint, it may come as no surprise that White & Case offers its lawyers extensive cross-border experience. But the firm takes it a step further than mere assignments. The firm offers opportunities for both associates and summer associates to work abroad for periods.
The firm also takes pride in its Global Citizenship Initiative. Through this initiative, the firm established a global pro bono practice in 2010—one of the few in the world—which underscores the firm’s commitment to human rights and social justice worldwide. And the firm sponsored the building of the first law school in The Kingdom of Bhutan. Another component of the initiative is global legal education. White & Case sponsors the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, which includes more than 2,000 law students from as many as 90 countries. A feature-length film, ALL RISE: Journeys to a Just World, documents the student perspectives from the 2014 competition.
News & Awards
White & Case has been providing pro bono legal services on a number of projects aimed at ensuring the rights of immigrants being detained in the United States. Lawyers in the firm’s Washington, DC, office are working with the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition to represent detained immigrants in the region. Lawyers across the firm’s U.S. offices have worked at various rural immigrant detention facilities in the southern U.S. as part of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Southern Immigrant Freedom Initiative. Through this ongoing project, White & Case lawyers spend a week working onsite and are trained and supervised by SPLC experts to evaluate cases, handle bond hearings, and prepare deportation defenses.
White & Case continues to grow its Houston office with the addition of new partners Rodrigo Dominguez and Bill Parish. They join the firm’s Global Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Practice. Rodrigo and Bill are expected to work closely with White & Case’s Global Oil & Gas Industry Group and the Latin America Interest Group, both areas in which they are experienced practitioners and trusted advisors.
For the fifth year in a row, White & Case has been ranked the top international arbitration practice in the world by Global Arbitration Review (GAR), which announced White & Case’s top spot at its GAR 100 awards ceremony in Paris on April 4.
A team of lawyers in the firm’s New York office helped win a precedent-setting settlement for approximately 30,000 children in Flint, Michigan, who had been exposed to lead-tainted water during the city’s water crisis. The settlement ensures that every child will receive the most sophisticated testing available to measure the impact of lead exposure. Michigan will pay more than US$4 million to cover the cost of the screenings. White & Case served as co-counsel with the Education Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.
- White & Case is advising several large non-U.S. banks on the preparation and filing of annual resolution plans with U.S. banking authorities and addressing supervisory concerns as to plan adequacy.
- White & Case represented Panasonic in its US$1.545 billion acquisition of Hussmann Corporation, a manufacturer of refrigerated display cases and systems. This was the largest strategic acquisition Panasonic has done in the past decade.
- White & Case represented Harbour Energy Limited, the energy investment vehicle managed by EIG Global Energy Partners, in its agreement to lead the US$3 billion acquisition by Chrysaor Holdings Limited of a diversified portfolio of oil and natural gas assets in the North Sea from Shell UK and its affiliates.
- Ranked No. 1 Global Top 20 List - 2018 (Law360)
- Ranked No. 1 US Summer Program - 2018 (The American Lawyer)
- Ranked No. 1 for Benefits and Lifestyle - 2019 (Chambers Associate)
- International Arbitration Ranked No. 1 Globally - 2019 (The Global Arbitration Review)
- Ranked No. 2 Diversity Scorecard - 2019 (The American Lawyer)
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 819-8200
Chair: Hugh Verrier
Hiring Partner: Brenda Dieck
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
2K - 2.5K
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:
114 out of 114 (2Ls) (2018)
No. of Summer Associates:
122 total (114 2Ls; 8 1Ls) (2018)
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Silicon Valley, CA
Financial Restructuring and Insolvency
Mergers & Acquisitions
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.