Thomas White is one of the firm’s leading practitioners in the area of corporate governance and disclosure, and also has extensive experience representing corporate and institutional clients in complex business transactions. He has a special focus on legal aspects of accounting and auditing. Mr. White has practiced corporate and bankruptcy law at WilmerHale since 1983 and is also General Counsel of the firm.
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. Currently, he is advising clients on accounting, disclosure, executive compensation, governance and other provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act.
Mr. White has particular expertise in legal aspects of accounting and auditing. He is Co-Chair of the National Conference of Lawyers and Certified Public Accountants and has previously served as Chair of the Law and Accounting Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. He is also the author of Focus on Audit Committees, Accounting and the Law, a blog that provides a legal perspective on developments in accounting standards, financial reporting, auditing and regulation of the accounting profession.
As General Counsel of WilmerHale, Mr. White advises internal and external clients on professional responsibility issues.