White & Case chairman Hugh Verrier has implored the firm’s staff and lawyers to “come together” after the election of Donald Trump as US president.
In an all-staff email sent on Friday (11 November), Verrier said the firm must “look forward to moving past a long and bitterly fought campaign”.
He added: “I know the rhetoric of the campaign was divisive and alarming to many of you, and not just in the United States.
“With that in mind, I want to reiterate our commitment to globalism, multiculturalism and diversity.”
To illustrate his point, Verrier quoted the thoughts of Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, who was asked what one person can do to help the world.
“The basic thing we can do to help the world is to be healthy, solid, loving, and gentle to ourselves,” the passage read.
Verrier is the latest law firm leader to express his thoughts on Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton.
Macfarlanes senior partner Charles Martin told The Lawyer the news “could have a chilling effect on world trade”. Dentons boss Joe Andrew meanwhile said Trump’s unexpected victory reflects “the tension between globalisation and cultural identity”.