Despite ongoing political and economic uncertainty, 2019 was a year of continued growth for White & Case.
Our lawyers collaborated with clients on groundbreaking global matters—including on the world’s largest IPO—as well as many major, multijurisdictional transactions and disputes spanning the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions.
Four years into our 2020 strategy, we continued to progress toward our strategic objectives. Our annual revenue rose to a record US$2.185 billion in 2019—up 7 percent since 2018, and 43 percent since 2015. Performance in the US was particularly strong, bolstered by headcount and revenue growth in our new offices in Chicago and Houston. We also added 83 partners worldwide—promoting 41 lawyers internally and welcoming 42 lawyers laterally.
For the third consecutive year, Law360 ranked White & Case number one on its Global 20 list, and the Firm was ranked second on the American Lawyer’s Diversity Scorecard. We are proud that our newly elected Partnership Committee has a 50-50 gender split and that 46 percent of our partner promotions were women. Diversity and inclusion are central to who we are.
We continued to make a difference in people’s lives through pro bono work and global citizenship initiatives. Our lawyers worked with other firms and NGOs at a refugee camp in Greece to provide legal assistance to refugees and asylum seekers. We obtained one of the largest verdicts ever handed down in the US by a jury in a wrongful conviction case, compensating our client for decades of imprisonment for a crime he did not commit. We continued to partner with the United Nations on important projects—in our fourth year as a signatory to the UN Global Compact—with a particular focus on Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions.
At White & Case, we believe in the power of working together—for our clients and for a better world—and we see a future of growing global collaboration.
Insights from guest speakers at Firm events
Our lawyers' views on business trends and legal developments
Highlights of our work in 2019
New leadership & Firm growth
In 2019, Hugh Verrier was re-elected Firm Chair for a fourth consecutive four-year term. Verrier appointed four partners to the Firm’s executive leadership team.
Diversity & inclusion
Our nine global affinity groups foster a sense of community among the Firm’s diverse groups. Each group sets its own agenda and goals specific to the issues the community feels are the most important to them. Affinity groups are also the drivers of activity to create and enhance awareness of the diverse groups within the Firm, and each group’s unique identity and concerns.
Our local women’s networks foster professional development and mentoring activities, focus on business-related client partnerships, and are a forum for female lawyers and business services professionals to share opinions on how we shape our work and leave policies to best support and retain our talent.
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