Thomas W. White

  • Lecturer in Law

Thomas White is a retired partner of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where he practiced from 1979 to 2017. He practiced corporate, securities and bankruptcy law, with a focus on corporate governance and disclosure. White also served as General Counsel of WilmerHale from 2009 to 2017.

At WilmerHale, White advised numerous Fortune 100, mid-cap, and small-cap companies and their boards and management on key issues under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, including internal control over financial reporting, attorney responsibility policies, director/officer loans, whistleblowers and auditor independence. He also advised clients and their boards and management on difficult corporate law, securities and accounting issues, and in conducting internal investigations.

White has particular experience in legal and regulatory aspects of accounting and auditing. He has advised international accounting firms, audit committees and companies on financial reporting, accounting regulatory and enforcement matters. He currently serves as a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council (FASAC), and has served as the Co-Chair of the National Conference of Lawyers and CPAs. He founded Focus on Audit Committees, Accounting and the Law, a WilmerHale blog that provides a legal perspective on developments in accounting standards, financial reporting, auditing and regulation of the accounting profession.