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White & Case Wants Part-Time Return to Office in September (1)

May 17, 2021, 10:09 PM; Updated: May 17, 2021, 11:00 PM

White & Case is asking attorneys and staff in the U.S. to return to the office for “two or three days per week” starting in September.

The firm will support remote working through Labor Day, White & Case said in a statement Monday. “If you are able to do your job remotely, we will not ask you to return to the office until Sept. 7,” the statement said.

White & Case’s announcement comes after several other large firms asked attorneys to return to offices—in stages—in recent weeks. These include Cooley, DLA Piper, Faegre Baker Daniels, and Fish & Richardson.

Reed Smith plans a reopening that includes working in the office one day a week in June. It then plans a “soft opening” July 6, with a full reopening of its 17 domestic offices in early September. Lawyers and staff won’t need to work an exact number of days in the office though should establish a “regular presence,” the firm has said.

Nixon Peabody has said its return-to-office date in July is flexible and will be eased in over the summer.

(Updated to clarify that the firm's return to office timeline is for U.S. attorneys and staff.)

To contact the reporter on this story: Sam Skolnik in Washington at sskolnik@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Chris Opfer at copfer@bloomberglaw.com; John Hughes in Washington at jhughes@bloombergindustry.com

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