Building the law firm of the future
In 2017, White & Case’s New York office moved to a state-of-the-art space reflecting our culture and values.
The recipient of several design awards, the new office emphasizes collaboration and cutting-edge technology to promote workplace satisfaction, attract better talent and enhance client service.
Offices have floor-to-ceiling, clear glass walls, allowing sunlight and river views to be seen from almost anywhere on the nine floors and creating an atmosphere of openness and transparency that encourages collaboration and a greater sense of community.
Collaboration is further encouraged through numerous common spaces on each practice floor, which include shared meeting rooms with coveted views in every corner of every floor instead of corner offices. Practice floors also have shared meeting spaces designed for impromptu brainstorming sessions, one-on-one meetings and eating or socializing with colleagues.
Cutting-edge technology is featured throughout the new office. All conference rooms are equipped with a consistent self-service A/V platform, enabling collaboration with clients and colleagues anywhere. For example, an associate can walk into any conference room, get a document on the screen and begin editing the document with team members worldwide.
Client meetings are held on the 49th floor, which has two flexible multi-purpose rooms for the Firm’s largest gatherings, nine large boardroom-style conference rooms and six small conference rooms—each with the same consistent technology platform.
Altogether, the new office has twice as many conference rooms as the former office, allowing space to support the Firm’s culture of teamwork. These state-of-the-art rooms are used for town halls, training sessions and client events. As a result, the Firm has seen a huge increase in conference room usage, with clients using rooms for their complex meeting needs including multiparty negotiations, board meetings and arbitration hearings.
The top floor holds amenities for our people, including a gym, nurse’s office, library, restaurant and coffee bar.
The new office is very popular with our people and clients. And it is providing a blueprint for the future of our offices worldwide. The standard set by the New York office is feeding into global guidelines being developed to make our other offices great workplaces for our people and clients.