Jeffrey White

Jeffrey White

I am a partner at Robinson+Cole who handles corporate compliance and litigation matters for both domestic and international manufacturers and distributors that make and ship products around the world. My clients have ranged from publicly traded Fortune 500 companies to privately held and/or family owned manufacturers. For those looking for my detailed law firm bio, click here.

I am often asked why I have focused a large part of my law practice on counseling manufacturers and distributors. As with most things in life, the answer to that question is tied back to experiences I had well before I became a lawyer. My grandfather spent over 30 years working at a steel mill (Detroit Steel Company), including several years in its maintenance department. One of my grandfather’s prime job duties was to make sure that the equipment being used was safe. In his later years, he would apply those lessons learned in every project we did together as he passed on to me his great respect and pride for the manufacturing industry.

Because of these experiences, I not only feel comfortable advising executives in a boardroom, but also can easily transition to the factory floor. My experience has involved a range of industries, including aerospace and defense, chemicals, energy, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, nutritional and dietary supplements, and retail and consumer products. While I have extensive experience in litigation (including product liability and class actions), I am extremely proactive about trying to keep my clients out of the courtroom if at all possible. Specifically, I have counseled manufacturers and distributors on issues such as product labeling and warranties, product recalls, workplace safety/OSHA, anti-trust, and vendor relations, among other things. I always look for the business-friendly solution to a problem that may face a manufacturer or distributor and I hope this blog will help advance those efforts.

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How Will COVID-19 Impact M&A?

I wanted to share this recent Coronavirus Response Team legal update on M&A authored by Frank W. Eucalitto, Eric M. Kogan, and Leslie J. Levinson from our Business Transactions Group, which includes a short summary of some key areas that buyers and sellers may want to consider addressing.  It is readily apparent that the COVID-19 … Continue Reading

Force Majeure both for Contracts/Suppliers, Cancellation of Trade Shows

Fellow Manufacturing Industry Team member, Taylor Shea and I had the pleasure of presenting the first program in the “Coronavirus Special Topic Conference Calls Series” offered by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Connecticut District Export Council on March 18, 2020. The session was on “Force Majeure both for Contracts/Suppliers, Cancellation of Trade Shows” … Continue Reading

2020 Corporate Compliance & Litigation Outlook for Manufacturers

We kicked off our seventh year writing the Manufacturing Law Blog with Megan’s predictions for EH&S and Matt weighed in about labor and employment.  So, now it is my turn: Sales Growth You might wonder why I would start a compliance/litigation discussion with a business issue, but for most industrial companies these issues are interrelated.  We … Continue Reading

Common Mistakes That Lead To Big Customer Disputes

By nature, lawyers tend to be reactive and we are trained to respond to crisis and/or problems.  So, it takes a lot of work to develop proactive skills so that we can help our clients avoid problems such as large customer disputes or worse (the dreaded class action). Over time, we have noticed common themes … Continue Reading

Is the USMCA (Replacement for NAFTA) Going to be Ratified?

Last night, I had the chance to attend an interesting panel discussion featuring Richard Steffens (Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere, U.S. Department of Commerce) and Jacobeth Hernandez (Consul for Economic Affairs at the Consulate General of Mexico in New York).  The topic was the USMCA, which is the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that is … Continue Reading

Department of Justice Expands Guidance on Evaluating Corporate Compliance Programs

This week we are pleased to have a guest post from Edward Heath and Kevin Daly.  Attorneys Heath and Daly are members of Robinson+Cole’s Manufacturing Industry Team and regularly counsel clients on trade compliance, anti-corruption compliance, and other corporate compliance issues. Earlier this year, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) issued new guidance regarding … Continue Reading

Advice for Foreign Manufacturers Looking To Grow In The United States

Over the past few months I have had the pleasure to participate in several significant manufacturing events, including events at The White House, the Department of Commerce, and most recently, at the first International Space Trade Summit.  At these events, I had a chance to speak with manufacturers across the globe, including several companies that … Continue Reading

Preparing for an Economic Downturn: How Manufacturers Can Prepare

You may ask why we are using the words “economic downturn” in a post.  Most of our manufacturing clients are reporting strong sales and many economic pundits are saying that a recession is still far off into the future.  With that said, this is exactly the time to start thinking about your supply chain and … Continue Reading

Connecticut Company Reaches Settlement With OFAC Regarding Alleged Iran Sanctions Violations

This week, we are pleased to have a guest post from Kevin Daly.  Attorney Daly is a member of the firm’s Manufacturing Industry Group and also its Trade Compliance Team. On February 21, 2019, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) entered into a settlement with Connecticut-based ZAG IP, LLC … Continue Reading

2019 Corporate Compliance & Litigation Outlook for Manufacturers

As we embark on the sixth year of the Manufacturing Law Blog, we continue our annual tradition of making predictions.  Last week, Matt provided his thoughts and predictions in the labor/employment arena.  This week, I am providing our outlook for corporate compliance and litigation. Contract Management As we have documented in the Blog for the … Continue Reading

The End of Conflict Minerals?

We have been talking about conflict minerals for years.  And, so have our manufacturing clients.  As covered previously in this blog, the conflict minerals laws and regulations are some of the most well known, but least understood laws/regulations that face manufacturers/distributors today. The stated purpose of conflict mineral laws and regulations were laudable, namely, to … Continue Reading

Second Circuit Decision Rejects Expansion of Geographic Reach of FCPA

This week we are pleased to have a guest post from Edward Heath and Kevin Daly.  Attorneys Heath and Daly are members of Robinson & Cole’s Manufacturing Industry Group and regularly counsel clients on anti-corruption compliance. A Brief Overview of the FCPA The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is a federal statute that prohibits United … Continue Reading

WARNING: New California Prop 65 Regulations Coming Next Month

California Proposition 65 is often viewed as a significant thorn in the side of manufacturers.  As previewed in our 2018 Corporate Compliance & Litigation Outlook, significant changes to California Prop 65 will be effective as of August 30, 2018.  If your company has not developed a plan to address these changes, now is the time. … Continue Reading

Manufacturing Law Best Practices for Contracting With Machine Shops

Almost all industrial manufacturers deal with machine shops in some form or another.  A typical scenario is that a manufacturer will provide their print (or that of their customer) to a machine shop to fabricate a component or sub-component.  In the manufacturing law world, business to business disputes with machine shops outnumber those up the … Continue Reading

California Transparency in Supply Chains Act: What Manufacturers Need To Know

This week, we are pleased to have a guest post from Kevin Daly.  Attorney Daly is a member of Robinson & Cole’s Manufacturing Industry Group and also its Trade Compliance Team. In 2010, California enacted the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (the “Act”).  The goal of the Act is to curtail human trafficking and … Continue Reading

Manufacturing Outlook: The Exclusion Process for The Steel/Aluminum Tariffs

Earlier this week, our firm sponsored a panel discussion entitled “Export Compliance for Aerospace & Defense Firms – What the OEMs Expect from Their Supply Chain” as part of Connecticut Export Week 2018.  Joanne Rapuano, Counsel in Robinson & Cole’s Trade Compliance practice, moderated the discussion.  The panel included Matthew Borman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of … Continue Reading

How manufacturers are faring under Trump, globally

Now that the first year of the Trump administration is behind us, I had the opportunity to write an article for the Hartford Business Journal regarding trends that are developing in 2018.  To read my article, please click here.  Topics covered include deregulation efforts, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the False Claims Act (FCA), … Continue Reading

2018 Corporation Compliance & Litigation Outlook for Manufacturers

As we mark the Manufacturing Law Blog’s 5th anniversary, I am also pleased to announce the launch of our new manufacturing law website.  To access it, please click here. Last week, Megan provided our thoughts and predictions for environmental, health & safety.  This week, I am providing our outlook for corporate compliance and litigation. GDPR … Continue Reading

Trap for the Unwary: How A Manufacturer Can Assure Itself That New York Law Will Apply To Its Contracts

We review a lot of manufacturing contracts for our clients.  As most people know, there are often clauses that dictate what law will apply if there is a dispute (a.k.a. “choice of law” clauses) and where that dispute will be litigated (a.k.a. “forum selection” clauses).  Under most circumstances, the party with the most leverage will … Continue Reading

Settlement with Swedish Telecom Giant Falls Just Short of First $1 Billion FCPA Resolution

This week, we are pleased to have a guest post from Kevin Daly.  Attorney Daly is a member of the firm’s Manufacturing Industry Group and also its Trade Compliance Team. In September, the U.S. government announced a nearly $1 billion FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) settlement with the Swedish telecommunications company Telia.  The total monetary … Continue Reading
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