William C. White, II is a founding member and managing partner of Parkman White, LLP. This firm traces its roots to the small southern town in Alabama where Jim Parkman first began the practice of law in the late 70’s. Jim’s prior work experience at a local financial institution gave him keen insight which he has been able to parlay in recent years into a successful corporate white collar/compliance practice. It is estimated that in Jim’s thirty years of law practice, he has tried several hundred trials to a jury verdict.
William White's education includes a degree in Accounting from the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse School of Accountancy. William then gained his law degree from the University of Alabama’s school of law in 1998. Upon graduation, William returned home to work for his father’s law firm where he gained extensive experience in real estate, banking and insurance matters. William gained significant jury trial experience as a local prosecutor.
Over the years, the firm has handled some of the most high profile cases in the country. The firm was the lead counsel for former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy in his acquittal of over 80 counts charging him with corporate misconduct. This verdict was the first ever prosecution under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and is believed to be the only case in which a corporate executive has been found not guilty of charges related to fraud within a publicly traded company.
This representation led to the firm being further retained by Scrushy to defend him in the subsequent stockholder and shareholder derivative lawsuits and SEC investigation.
William and Jim served as trial counsel in two Federal jury trials for a State Senator charged with 19 counts of conspiracy, bribery, honest services fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and asset forfeiture. The State Senator was found "not guilty" on all counts.
The firm also served as lead counsel for former Gizmondo CEO Steffan Erikkson in Los Angeles, California. This international case was the result of the Swedish national being charged with Embezzlement related to certain property upon which he had executed a security agreement. The firm was able to obtain a hung jury.
Additionally, the firm has been involved in litigation in cases in jurisdictions across the country including the representation of a resident of Hong Kong whose business was alleged to have been involved in the largest counterfeit shoe seizure in the United States; the representation of the former Mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick on charges of perjury; and the representation of an employee of Peanut Corporation of America in the ongoing investigation into the nationwide salmonella outbreak. It is estimated the firm has practiced in front of courts in more than 30 jurisdictions across the country.