L. Tracee Whitley oversees Bingham’s global administrative team, directing the financial, technology, talent management, operations, marketing and communications functions for the firm’s 14 major offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Tracee has worked closely with Bingham’s chairman, Jay Zimmerman, for nearly 10 years. From 2004 to 2006, she worked with him to help develop the firm’s long-range strategic planning and key client and talent management programs, to direct the firm’s internal and external communications functions, and to support the firm’s partner leadership with respect to governance matters, in collaboration with the firm’s Office of General Counsel.
From 2006 to 2010, Tracee also led Bingham’s renowned marketing department. Long recognized for being an industry leader in branding and advertising, Bingham’s team won 12 awards in 2008 and four awards in 2009 from national, regional and local chapters of the Legal Marketing Association. The firm also received the Legal Standard for Excellence Award from the Web Marketing Association in 2007 and 2008, as well as a “Webby” award in the law category in 2008, for its innovative website design and function.
Tracee is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee. She also helps direct the creation of professional development programs and activities for administrative staff and lawyers to help promote the successful performance of Bingham’s workforce and foster the firm’s “best places to work” culture (Bingham has been ranked on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list since 2005).
Tracee joined Bingham as a lateral associate in 2001. Her practice included estate planning, fiduciary and trust law, corporate and securities law, employee benefits and executive compensation, and tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations. As an associate, Tracee participated in the firm’s recruiting and pro bono initiatives and was a member of its Committee on Associates.