White & Case was ranked first in The American Lawyer magazine's "Diversity Scorecard 2017," a survey of the United States' largest and highest-grossing law firms to determine their percentage of full-time minority lawyers and partners as of December 31, 2016. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Firm earned the top ranking: White & Case also placed first in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Diversity Scorecards.
To identify the most diverse firms, The American Lawyer evaluates Am Law 200 and National Law Journal 250 firms according to their inclusion of Asian-American, African-American, Latino or Hispanic, Native American and self-described multiracial attorneys.
According to 2017 Diversity Scorecard, 33.4 percent of the Firm's 656 US lawyers were a member of a minority group in 2016, as well as 20.6 percent of the Firm's US partners.
"Given our global identity, the Firm has had a kind of institutional ethos of diversity for many years," says White & Case Executive Partner for Diversity Raoul Cantero (Miami). He adds that "We understand that our clients come from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and obviously countries, and reflect great diversity of thought. Our diversity helps us connect with our clients worldwide and enhances our ability to create and deliver the innovative approaches our clients need."
The American Lawyer Diversity Scorecard ranking comes on the heels of numerous other recognitions of White & Case's diversity over the past 12 months. The Firm was 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. In 2017, the Firm has won the Asian American Bar Association of New York law firm diversity award accepted by Hugh Verrier on February 22, 2017, and a ninth consecutive Corporate Equality index rating.