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Thomas W. White

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Thomas White is a partner in the Corporate and Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Practice Groups. He joined the firm in 1979. Mr. White has practiced corporate and bankruptcy law at the firm since 1983. He is one of the firm's leading practitioners in the area of corporate governance, and also has extensive experience representing corporate and institutional clients in complex business transactions. Mr. White also serves as General Counsel of WilmerHale.


Since passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in 2002, Mr. White has developed a multi-disciplinary corporate governance practice. He has advised numerous Fortune 100, mid-cap, and small-cap companies and their boards and management on key issues under the Act, including internal control over financial reporting, attorney responsibility policies, director/officer loans, whistleblowers and auditor independence. He also advises clients and their boards and management on difficult corporate law, securities and accounting issues, and in conducting internal investigations.

Recent Highlights
Mr. White is corporate and securities counsel for a Houston oilfield services company. Mr. White and WilmerHale helped this company successfully navigate a difficult multi-year financial reporting process, which included restating prior year financial statements, bringing the company current in its public SEC filings and obtaining relisting on the New York Stock Exchange, advising with respect to management separation issues, and responding to government investigations. Mr. White also provides ongoing advice to the Board on corporate governance matters.

Mr. White recently advised an institutional investment manager with respect to restructuring of its short-term investment fund.

Professional Activities

Mr. White is Chair of the Law and Accounting Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.

In August 2009, Mr. White was appointed by the President of the American Bar Association as one of the ABA's representatives on the National Conference of Lawyers and CPAs.

Mr. White has appeared frequently in programs and panels on corporate governance and Sarbanes-Oxley issues, including before organizations such as ALI-ABA, Practicing Law Institute, the International Bar Association, the Organization for International Investment and Glasser Legal Works.

Together with Carrie Wofford, Mr. White is the author of the chapter on "Whistleblowers" in The Practitioner's Guide to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act published by the ABA Business Section.

Mr. White is a member of the Columbia Law School Board of Visitors.

Honors and Awards
- Named a "Virginia Super Lawyer" in the July 2006 issue of Richmond Magazine 
- Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2005-2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010 editions of The Best Lawyers in America, in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights (2005-2006), M&A law (2008, 2009 and 2010), and corporate governance and compliance law (2010)

JD, Columbia Law School, 1978, Articles and Book Review Editor, Columbia Law Review; James Kent Scholar
AB, magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1975

Bar Admissions
District of Columbia
New York

The Hon. Harold Leventhal, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1978 - 1979 


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