White & Case won the "Best international firm for talent management" award from the Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2015, while partner Kim Marie Boylan won the "Best in transfer pricing" award.
The White & Case Global Women’s Initiative is led by a committee of fourteen partners (10 women and four men), including current and former Executive Committee members, and chaired by Nicole Erb, an international disputes resolution partner based in our Washington, DC, office. The Initiative encompasses all women lawyers at the firm—approximately 736 lawyers worldwide.
The Global Women's initiative encourages the success and advancement of White & Case's women lawyers worldwide with a three-prong strategy:
(1) Working with our regional and global leaders to develop and implement talent management programs to promote the retention and advancement of women lawyers
(2) Partnering with our global clients to conduct business-based professional development programs, including a leadership speaker series, and other career development and roundtable discussions
(3) Instituting and supporting local women's networks to offer professional and business development activities in Firm offices around the world.
Talent management is the centerpiece of the Global Women’s Initiative. It is powerful for two reasons: We focus the attention of our Regional Section Heads on the women with the potential to advance, and we strive to deliver a clear and consistent message to those women that they have this potential. The former goes a long way to getting the women the opportunities and flexibility they need to stay on track, and the latter is the most powerful tool we have to retain them.
Through our talent management program, we have increased the percentage of equity and contract partners who are women, increased the number of women associates considered for partner and are successfully retaining the women we have identified as top candidates for advancement.
Kim Marie Boylan is an experienced tax attorney in our Washington, DC office. For almost three decades, she has represented taxpayers in resolving their tax disputes successfully by utilizing the IRS's administrative appeals procedures, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution processes. In addition, she has represented numerous clients in judicial proceedings in the US Tax Court, US Court of Federal Claims, and in various district and appellate courts. Boylan has a particular focus on transfer pricing as well as the Advance Pricing Agreement process, and she is a frequent speaker on tax controversy and transfer pricing issues.
In addition to the awards noted above, White & Case individuals were shortlisted for awards in the following categories:
Best in Aviation – Someera Khokhar
Best in Commercial Arbitration – Abby Cohen Smutny and Ank Santens
Best in Private Equity – Carolyn Vardi
The Firm was also shortlisted for awards in these categories:
Best in Commercial Arbitration
Best International Firm for Pro Bono Work
Best International Firm for Women in Business Law
Best International Mentoring Program