Phil White's success goes beyond being a partner at the largest law firm in the world. His inspirational story is one from rags to riches, one about a student athlete, one about an incredible transformation from poor student to making straight A's.

Guest Biography

Phil White, who serves as the global co-leader of Dentons' Transportation and Infrastructure practice, is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on the construction and engineering sector and particularly in construction disputes. His skill was recognized most recently in 2016 when he was designated “Lawyer of the Year in Construction Litigation” by Best Lawyers. He has been listed in Best Lawyers each year since 2006, and was appointed several times to International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration panels in disputes involving hundreds of millions US dollars.

Phil has tried, mediated and settled cases on behalf of clients around the globe through hundreds of days of hearings in many forums, including the ICC, the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) and courts in the United States. These matters include many trials of cases to award or judgment, with the total amount in dispute now running well into the billions of US dollars. Phil has handled disputes arising from a broad range of projects, from 30 power plants in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa to petroleum facilities in Equatorial Guinea, to rail in New Jersey, to roads, sewers and utilities in Qatar. His approach to disputes is to put the issues in a pragmatic commercial context, while pressing his client's interests tenaciously.

Phil also maintains a broad international disputes practice outside of the construction and engineering sector. He has handled joint venture, licensing and financing disputes in the same forums in which he is known for his construction work.

Show notes:

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The importance of leading with genuine intent.
  • Remembering your core values, especially when the chips are down.
  • Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.


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Special thanks to Jim Kimo West for the music.

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