2021 Vault Rankings
- Pro Bono#21
- Firm Culture#22
- New York#15
At a Glance
“The firm is very inclusive.”
“The international focus and culture.”
“Unpredictability [of] workloads.”
“International clients can sometimes mean rough time shifts.”
“Tough hours at times.”
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—including eight in the U.S.—and is well known for its experience handling cross-border and multi-jurisdictional cases and transactions.
Big Apple Roots
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.
White & Case is renowned for its track record and extensive experience in global M&A, finance, antitrust, arbitration, and financial restructuring and insolvency. Today, the firm’s client roster includes 75 percent of the Global Fortune 100, 25 percent of the Fortune 500, startups, governments, sovereigns, and state-owned entities.
The firm works across two dozen practice areas, from antitrust/competition to white collar/investigations. Among the 17 industries it works in are consumer products, financial institutions, manufacturing and industrial, media, mining and metals, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and health care, power, private equity, real estate, technology, and more.
White & Case pioneered the international law firm model and has long been a leader in the expansion into emerging markets. With cross-border expertise and multi-office teams composed of local, U.S., and English-qualified lawyers, the firm is well positioned to continue its ambitious growth trajectory, focusing on some of the world’s most respected and well-established banks and businesses, as well as startups and sector disruptors.
The firm’s global mindset extends to its practice, and lawyers are encouraged to explore opportunities to work abroad. Associates at White & Case have opportunities to pursue temporary assignments abroad, international client secondments, and long-term opportunities at one of the firm’s overseas offices.
Paving a D&I Path
Placing in the top 10 in all of Vault’s diversity rankings—including Overall Diversity, Diversity for Individuals with Disabilities, Diversity for LGBTQ+ Individuals, Racial & Ethnic Diversity, and Diversity for Women—White & Case is a leader in diversity and inclusion. The firm has also achieved Mansfield Certification Plus in recognition of its achievements, including reaching at least 30 percent diverse lawyer representation in a number of current leadership roles and committees.
The firm is home to six active affinity groups in the U.S.—Alianza, the Hispanic American network; the Asian Affinity Network; the Black Affinity Network; the Middle Eastern Affinity Network; and Spectrum, the LGBT+ Affinity Network.
2020 Summer Associate Program
At White & Case, we consider our Summer Associate program a fundamental part of our recruitment cycle. With this in mind, we will be looking to stay as close as possible to our original programming within a virtual environment. Summer associates will be exposed to real client work, expansive training and learning opportunities, as well as invaluable networking and mentoring.
Upcoming OCI season
We are working closely with our partner Law Schools to understand how COVID-19 will be impacting OCI timeframes. We are currently prepared for virtual interviewing, so we look forward to meeting 2021 Summer Associate candidates virtually for interviews starting soon (school rules dependent).
We continue to review and consider lateral candidates, but, in the current environment, we are limiting such hiring to strategic roles.
News & Awards
White & Case successfully reversed the conviction of Eric DeBerry and secured his release from prison after 20 years. Following a two-day evidentiary hearing in December 2019 and January 2020, the court found that DeBerry had proven by clear and convincing evidence that he is actually innocent of the crimes for which he was convicted—the first finding of actual innocence in New York State since 2014. DeBerry was released from Mohawk Correctional Facility in upstate New York on June 23, having wrongfully served over 20 years in prison.
Global law firm White & Case LLP ranked first among Am Law 50 firms in The American Lawyer magazine's "Diversity Scorecard 2020," a survey of the United States' largest and highest-grossing law firms to determine their percentage of full-time minority lawyers and partners.
A transaction on which White & Case advised was honored at the second annual American Lawyer Industry Awards, organized by The American Lawyer and presented in New York on December 4. In the Global Legal Awards, Seadrill Ltd.'s multibillion-dollar restructuring was named the winner in the Finance category. The American Lawyer reported that the transaction was "the largest such restructuring ever in the sector."
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 represented Antin Infrastructure Partners in the US$1.25 billion acquisition of Veolia Group’s direct energy assets in the U.S., which comprises steam, hot and chilled water, and electricity production plants, including cogeneration plants, and 13 networks in 10 U.S. cities.
- 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 the State of New York in winning an arbitral award against the Seneca Nation of Indians regarding its ongoing failure to share its casino revenues with the State under the parties’ 2002 Gaming Compact. Payments are likely to exceed US$1 billion.
- #1 ranked Global 20 Law Firm Law360 Global 20 (third consecutive year)
- #1 International Arbitration Practice Global Arbitration Review GAR30 ranking (fifth consecutive year)
- 2019 Exceptional Service Award The American Bar Association's Death Penalty Representation Project
- #4 ranked overall firm in the American Lawyer’s Diversity Scorecard 2020
- 2019 Mansfield Rule Certification (third consecutive year) and Mansfield Certification Plus
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
Phone: (212) 819-8200
Chair: Hugh Verrier
Hiring Partner: Joseph Brazil
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
2K - 2.5K
No. of Partners Named 2020:
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
Kasey M. Stein
Associate Director, Americas Campus Recruiting
No. of U.S. Offices: 8
No. of International Offices: 44
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Silicon Valley, CA
Washington, DC | Abu Dhabi
Financial Restructuring and Insolvency
Mergers & Acquisitions
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.