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White & Case Company History Timeline


On May 1, 1901, J. DuPratt White and George B. Case form White & Case, opening in a two-room office on Nassau Street.

Justin DuPratt White and George Bowen Case form White & Case on May 1, 1901, opening in a two-room office at 31 Nassau Street, three blocks north of New York Stock Exchange.


In 1903, White & Case helps Harry Davison form Bankers Trust Company.


Two years later in 1917, United States President Woodrow Wilson appoints George Case to the War Council within the Red Cross.


Spanish Civil War begins, ending in 1939.


White & Case celebrates its 50th anniversary on May 1, 1951 at a black-tie event at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.


White & Case partner Irving Olds becomes chairman and CEO of United States Steel, serving until 1952.


Korean War begins, ending in 1953.


European Economic Community (Common Market) is formed under Treaty of Rome signed in 1957.


United States Congress adopts Interest Equalization Tax (IET) to discourage United States investors from buying foreign securities, which has unintended effect of helping create Eurodollar market (IET repealed in 1974).


Vietnam War begins, ending in 1975.


In 1976, the Legal Aid Society of New York establishes The Orison S. Marden Award, in honor of Marden’s commitment to legal aid.


SEC files a complaint against the Firm and others alleging they aided and abetted a securities fraud in connection with a merger by the Firm’s client, National Student Marketing, a matter that was settled out of court in 1977.


Under his leadership, the Firm undertakes a globalization strategy and, in 1983, White & Case opens an office in Stockholm.


UK Law Society adopts rules implementing provisions of UK Courts and Legal Services Act (1990) that permit UK solicitors to become partners with non-UK lawyers.


White & Case helps Harry Davison form Bankers Trust Company, which remains one of the Firm’s principal clients until and after its acquisition by Deutsche Bank in 1999.


Duane Wall is nominated and elected managing partner, effective April 1, 2000.


New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a partner of the Firm for a brief period before becoming mayor, issues a proclamation making May 1, 2001 “White & Case Day” in New York City.

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