On May 1, 2017, White & Case celebrated its 116th anniversary and marked the occasion with the presentation of a new book on the Firm’s history: White & Case: The First 100 Years & Beyond. The 300-page hardbound book documents our growth over the past 116 years from a two-person office in New York into a leading global law firm serving a broad range of clients worldwide.
Important milestones in our history are noted in the book, such as the 1926 opening of our office in Paris, our first office outside of New York. Our global ambitions were present from the Firm’s earliest days, and we opened two more offices outside the United States—in Brussels and London—before we opened a second US office in Washington, DC in 1974.
Notable deals and cases are highlighted, as well as how the diversification of the Firm’s practices evolved as the Firm became more global. At the core of the book are stories of the people who have made White & Case what it is today.
The book also tells the story of the Firm’s culture, set by our founders, DuPratt White and George Case, who were client-focused, civic-minded and took an interest in the careers of those who worked for them.
As Duane Wall, the leader of the project team that produced the book, reflects: “Our history has shaped who we are today and will shape our future growth around the world. The transformation of White & Case from a largely US domestic firm into a leading global firm has been an extraordinary journey that will continue to take us and our clients to exciting new destinations.”