White and Williams LLP

Last updated
White and Williams LLP
Headquarters Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
No. of offices9
No. of attorneys225 [1]
Major practice areasMulti-Practice
Key peoplePatricia Santelle
Date founded1899 [2]
Founder Thomas Raeburn White
Company type Limited Liability Partnership
Website WhiteandWilliams.com

White and Williams LLP is a law firm, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, founded in 1899 by Thomas Raeburn White. [2] White and Williams currently has approximately 225 lawyers and serves clients from nine offices located throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. [3]

A law firm is a business entity formed by one or more lawyers to engage in the practice of law. The primary service rendered by a law firm is to advise clients about their legal rights and responsibilities, and to represent clients in civil or criminal cases, business transactions, and other matters in which legal advice and other assistance are sought.

Philadelphia Largest city in Pennsylvania, United States

Philadelphia, known colloquially as Philly, is the largest city in the U.S. state and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the sixth-most populous U.S. city, with a 2018 census-estimated population of 1,584,138. Since 1854, the city has been coterminous with Philadelphia County, the most populous county in Pennsylvania and the urban core of the eighth-largest U.S. metropolitan statistical area, with over 6 million residents as of 2017. Philadelphia is also the economic and cultural anchor of the greater Delaware Valley, located along the lower Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, within the Northeast megalopolis. The Delaware Valley's population of 7.2 million ranks it as the eighth-largest combined statistical area in the United States.

Pennsylvania State of the United States of America

Pennsylvania, officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a state located in the northeastern, Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. The Appalachian Mountains run through its middle. The Commonwealth is bordered by Delaware to the southeast, Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest, Ohio to the west, Lake Erie and the Canadian province of Ontario to the northwest, New York to the north, and New Jersey to the east.


White and Williams has been designated a Tier 3 Best Law Firm by U.S. News and World Report in the area of insurance law. [1]

In the 1950s, White and Williams assisted in enforcing the desegregation of public schools in the south when W. Wilson White, son of Thomas Raeburn White, was called upon by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower to author legal opinions supporting the use of federal troops in Little Rock, Arkansas. [4] In 1961, the firm became one of the first Philadelphia headquartered law firms to elect a woman, Virginia "Ginny" Barton Wallace, to the partnership. [2]

Dwight D. Eisenhower 34th president of the United States

Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower was an American army general and statesman who served as the 34th president of the United States from 1953 to 1961. During World War II, he was a five-star general in the United States Army and served as supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe. He was responsible for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43 and the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944–45 from the Western Front.

Practice areas

As a multi-practice law firm, White and Williams' lawyers handle a wide array of transactions and litigation that touches a number of areas including business, insurance, healthcare and subrogation. [5]

School "Adoption" Program

White and Williams has "adopted" several public schools. From 2012 to 2014, White and Williams "adopted" three public schools in the School District of Philadelphia. Each school has received a donation as well as other gifts. Gifts have included scholarships, school supplies, and winter clothing. In 2014, White and Williams donated $10,000 to Chester A. Arthur School, a K-8 public school, toward the purchase of Chromebooks for the school's middle school students. [6]

School District of Philadelphia public school system of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) is the school district that includes all public schools in Philadelphia. Established in 1818, it is the 8th largest school district in the nation, by enrollment, serving over 200,000 students..

China Business Practice

Strategic Alliance

White and Williams has a "strategic alliance" with the Xue Law Firm in Shanghai (formed in 2007) and the Winners Law Firm in Tianjin (formed in 2012), in order to better serve U.S. companies doing business in China as well as Chinese companies looking to do business in the U.S. [7]

Shanghai Municipality in Peoples Republic of China

Shanghai is one of the four municipalities under the direct administration of the central government of the People's Republic of China, the largest city in China by population, and the second most populous city proper in the world, with a population of 24.18 million as of 2017. It is a global financial center and transport hub, with the world's busiest container port. Located in the Yangtze River Delta, it sits on the south edge of the estuary of the Yangtze in the middle portion of the West China coast. The municipality borders the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang to the south, east and west, and is bound to the east by the East China Sea.

Tianjin Municipality in Peoples Republic of China

Tianjin, alternately romanized as Tientsin, is a coastal metropolis in northern China and one of the nine national central cities of the People's Republic of China (PRC), with a total population of 15,621,200 as of 2016 estimation. Its built-up area, made up of 12 central districts, was home to 12,491,300 inhabitants in 2016 and is also the world's 29th-largest agglomeration and 11th-most populous city proper.

China Country in East Asia

China, officially the People's Republic of China (PRC), is a country in East Asia and the world's most populous country, with a population of around 1.404 billion. Covering approximately 9,600,000 square kilometers (3,700,000 sq mi), it is the third- or fourth-largest country by total area. Governed by the Communist Party of China, the state exercises jurisdiction over 22 provinces, five autonomous regions, four direct-controlled municipalities, and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

World Trade Center Member Company of the Year

The World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia [8] (WTCGP) selected White and Williams as 2012 Member Company of the Year for Pennsylvania. The firm was honored during WTCGP's 10th anniversary celebration and dinner on May 17, 2012 at the Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. [9]

Trade mission to China

In November 2012, Gary Biehn, Chair of the China Business Group, was part of a Philadelphia delegation, led by Mayor Michael Nutter, traveling to Philadelphia's Sister City of Tianjin, China. The goal of the trip was to raise Philadelphia's international profile, drum up business opportunities, and renew discussions about direct flights between the Philadelphia and China. [10]

Coverage College

Since 2007, White and Williams LLP has held an annual conference on insurance coverage issues called Coverage College. The "College" provides an opportunity for insurance claims professionals to engage in a study of an insurance coverage curriculum. White and Williams' lawyers serve as the faculty and lecture on a variety of insurance coverage issues. [11] White and Williams Partner Gale White has served as dean of the college from its inception. [12]

Notable Lawyers and Alumni

Sources used

Related Research Articles

Holland & Knight LLP is an international law firm with more than 1,300 lawyers and other professionals in 28 offices throughout the world. United States offices are located in cities such as New York City, Boston, Washington D.C., and Miami. Its international offices are located in Bogota, Colombia, London, England and Mexico City, Mexico. Holland & Knight provides representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is an international law firm headquartered in New York City, employing over 900 attorneys in eleven offices worldwide. The firm specializes in a variety of areas in both litigation and corporate practices, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP is a global white shoe law firm.

K&L Gates LLP is an AmLaw 100 law firm based in the United States, with international offices in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. Its namesake firms are Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, a Pittsburgh-based firm founded in 1946, and Preston Gates & Ellis, a Seattle firm founded in 1883 whose prominent partners included William H. Gates, Sr., the attorney, philanthropist, and father of Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Kirkpatrick & Lockhart merged with Preston Gates in 2007 to form K&L Gates, LLP.


Dechert LLP is an international law firm of more than 900 lawyers with practices in corporate and securities, complex litigation, finance and real estate, and financial services and asset management. It was founded in Philadelphia and is registered as a limited liability partnership under Pennsylvania law. On the 2018 AmLaw Global 200 survey, Dechert ranked as the 43rd highest grossing law firm in the world.

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, LLP is a U.S.-based law firm with 16 offices and approximately 400 attorneys providing a broad range of legal services. Its offices are located along the East Coast from Boston to Miami and extend into the Midwest by way of Chicago. On September 1, 2017 Saul Ewing, LLP and Arnstein & Lehr, LLP merged to form Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, LLP.

Seyfarth Shaw

Seyfarth Shaw LLP is an international AmLaw 100 law firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in Chicago in 1945 by Henry Seyfarth, Lee Shaw, and Owen Fairweather, Seyfarth Shaw originally focused on the area of labor and employment law. Today, the firm’s clients include over 300 of the Fortune 500 companies, and its practice reflects virtually every industry and segment of the economy.

Withers LLP

Withersworldwide is an international law firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom, with offices in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. Withers specializes in tax, trust and estate planning, as well as litigation, employment, family law, and other legal issues facing high-net-worth individuals.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP is a Los Angeles-based law firm of more than 450 attorneys and other professionals founded in 1965. The firm earned revenues of $316.9 million in 2017. William T. Quicksilver is the firm's Chief Executive and Managing Partner. On June 11, 2018, Manatt announced that Donna L. Wilson has been elected to succeed Quicksilver as the firm’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner. Wilson will assume the leadership role on July 1, 2019, at which time Quicksilver will become Managing Partner Emeritus.

Robins Kaplan LLP is a litigation-focused law firm. Currently, the firm has 220+ lawyers in six offices nationwide with locations in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Boston, Massachusetts; Los Angeles, California; Silicon Valley, California; New York, New York; and Naples, Florida. Founded in Minneapolis in 1938 as Robins & Davis, the firm has gained national recognition for its trial work in Intellectual property, Business Litigation, Antitrust, Entertainment and Media Law, and Mass tort. The firm has also provided pro bono representations.

Dinsmore is a large U.S. law firm headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is an AmLaw 200 and National Law Journal 250 firm, and has been named to the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers Best Law Firm lists. The firm consists of more than 650 attorneys practicing in 24 cities throughout Ohio, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Washington D.C.

Hunton & Williams

Founded in 1901, Hunton & Williams LLP is a US law firm that employs more than 750 attorneys. The firm was founded in Richmond, Virginia and has 18 other offices throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP, commonly referred to as Gordon & Rees, is an American law firm with more than 900 lawyers practicing throughout the United States.

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP is an American international law firm, headquartered in Palo Alto, California with offices worldwide. The firm's practice areas include corporate, litigation, intellectual property, fund formation, public markets, employment, life sciences, clean technology, real estate, financial services, retail, regulatory and energy.

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a U.S. law firm headquartered in Chicago with approximately 425 attorneys located in 11 states and London. Founded in 1934, the firm has a national reputation for its insurance industry work, its representation of professionals and law firms, and its closely coordinated business advisory, transactional and litigation services.

Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry, PC, also known as Chamberlain Hrdlicka, is an American law firm founded in Houston, Texas with offices in Atlanta, Houston, Philadelphia and San Antonio.

Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd., is a U.S.-based law firm with approximately 140 lawyers in eight offices. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Segal McCambridge is a litigation firm with broad experience in appellate, commercial, complex toxic tort, construction, employment and labor law, environmental, insurance, pharmaceutical and medical device, professional liability, products liability, transportation and warranty matters.

Thomas Raeburn White (1875–1959) was a prominent attorney, political reformer, newspaper publisher and law professor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He practiced law at White and Williams LLP, wrote extensively on the Pennsylvania Constitution and taught at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

W. Wilson White (February 23, 1906 – November 11, 1964) was a prominent attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and served as the first United States Assistant Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division from 1957 to 1960. He was the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 1953 to 1957. White was also a partner in the law firm White and Williams LLP which was founded by his father, Thomas Raeburn White.

Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian

Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP is an international law firm headquartered in Silicon Valley in California. The firm focuses exclusively on business law and commercial matters for venture-backed and public technology and life science companies and venture capital investors, while performing no litigation work. In addition to its headquarters in Redwood City, California, Gunderson Dettmer maintains offices in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, Ann Arbor, San Francisco, Beijing, and Singapore. Gunderson Dettmer has been consistently ranked as an elite law firm for emerging companies and venture capital, including by Vault.com and U.S. News & World Report.


  1. 1 2 "U.S. News - Best Lawyers - White and Williams LLP". Bestlawfirms.usnews.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
  2. 1 2 3 "White and Williams LLP - Firm History: White and Williams LLP". Whiteandwilliams.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
  3. "Media Kit: At a Glance Fast Facts: White and Williams LLP". Whiteandwilliams.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
  4. http://cisupa.proquest.com/ksc_assets/catalog/102683.pdf
  5. "U.S. News - Best Lawyers - White and Williams LLP". Bestlawfirms.usnews.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
  6. Reyes, Juliana. "Thanks to $10K gift, Chester A. Arthur students will get Chromebooks". Technical.ly. Technically Media Inc. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  7. "(Press Release) Philadelphia's Sister City, Tianjin, Hosts 6th Annual China International Private Equity Forum: White and Williams LLP". Whiteandwilliams.com. 2012-06-11. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
  8. "World Trade Center - Greater Philadelphia". Wtcphila.org. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
  9. "(Press Release) World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia Selects White and Williams as 2012 Member Company of the Year for PA: White and Williams LLP". Whiteandwilliams.com. 2012-05-17. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
  10. Nutter embarking on trade mission to China - Philly.com
  11. "(Press Release) 2012 Coverage College: White and Williams LLP". Whiteandwilliams.com. 2012-10-04. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
  12. "The Legal Intelligencer Blog: Law Firms Offer Training Tied to Their Notable Practices". Thelegalintelligencer.typepad.com. 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2012-10-23.