White and Williams LLP

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White and Williams LLP
Headquarters Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
No. of offices 9[1]
No. of attorneys 225 [2]
Major practice areas Multi-Practice[3]
Key people Patricia Santelle[4]
Date founded 1899[5]
Founder Thomas Raeburn White[5]
Company type Limited Liability Partnership

White and Williams LLP is a law firm, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, founded in 1899 by Thomas Raeburn White.[5] White and Williams currently has approximately 225 lawyers and serves clients from nine offices located throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.[6]

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.[2]

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.[7] In 1961, the firm became one of the first Philadelphia headquartered law firms to elect a woman, Virginia “Ginny” Barton Wallace, to the partnership.[5]

Practice areas[edit]

As a multi-practice law firm, White and Williams’ lawyers handles a wide array of complex transactions and litigation that touches a number of areas including business, insurance, healthcare and subrogation. White and Williams’ practice areas are:[8]



Business and Corporate Law

Catastrophic/Excess Liability

China Business

Class Actions

Construction and Surety

Directors and Officers

Education Law


Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy

Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith

Insurance Fraud

Intellectual Property

General Commercial Litigation


International Transactions and Disputes

Labor and Employment

Life, Health, Disability and ERISA

Private Equity and Venture Capital

Product Liability

Professional Liability

Real Estate




Tax and Estates

Toxic Torts and Environmental

White Collar Defense, Investigations and Corporate Compliance

Workers' Compensation

School "Adoption" Program[edit]

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. [9]

China Business Practice[edit]

Strategic Alliance[edit]

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.[10]

World Trade Center Member Company of the Year[edit]

The World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia[11] (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.[12]

Trade mission to China[edit]

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.[13]

Coverage College[edit]

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 rigorous study of a diverse insurance coverage curriculum. White and Williams’ lawyers serve as the faculty and lecture on a variety of insurance coverage issues.[14] White and Williams Partner Gale White has served as dean of the college from its inception.[15]

Notable Lawyers and Alumni[edit]

Warren Kampf, Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Hugh Scott, United States Senator

Thomas Raeburn White, Founder

W. Wilson White, Assistant Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division (1957-1960)


Philadelphia, PA

New York, NY

Wilmington, DE

Boston, MA

Berwyn, PA

Center Valley, PA

Cherry Hill, NJ

Newark, NJ

Pleasantville, NY[1]

Sources used[edit]


  1. ^ a b "U.S. News - Best Lawyers - White and Williams LLP". Bestlawfirms.usnews.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  2. ^ a b "U.S. News - Best Lawyers - White and Williams LLP". Bestlawfirms.usnews.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  3. ^ "White and Williams LLP - Our Firm: White and Williams LLP". Whiteandwilliams.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  4. ^ "Patricia Santelle: White and Williams LLP". Whiteandwilliams.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  5. ^ a b c d "White and Williams LLP - Firm History: White and Williams LLP". Whiteandwilliams.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  6. ^ "Media Kit: At a Glance Fast Facts: White and Williams LLP". Whiteandwilliams.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  7. ^ http://cisupa.proquest.com/ksc_assets/catalog/102683.pdf
  8. ^ "U.S. News - Best Lawyers - White and Williams LLP". Bestlawfirms.usnews.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  9. ^ Reyes, Juliana. "Thanks to $10K gift, Chester A. Arthur students will get Chromebooks". Technical.ly. Technically Media Inc. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "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. 
  11. ^ "World Trade Center - Greater Philadelphia". Wtcphila.org. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  12. ^ "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. 
  13. ^ Nutter embarking on trade mission to China - Philly.com
  14. ^ "2012 Coverage College®: White and Williams LLP". Whiteandwilliams.com. 2012-10-04. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  15. ^ "The Legal Intelligencer Blog: Law Firms Offer Training Tied to Their Notable Practices". Thelegalintelligencer.typepad.com. 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 

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