2 Legal Rebels join forces to design the legal department of the future

By Jamie Hwang

Sitting on a beach in Florida with his wife, Jeff Carr was enjoying his retirement in April 2017 when he received a phone call asking him to join Univar as general counsel.

The 62-year-old 2009 ABA Journal Legal Rebel had been racing cars and traveling with his wife after retiring from his job as general counsel of FMC Technologies, a company he had been part of for more than 20 years. Univar, a global chemical and ingredients distributor and provider of value-added services, had just lost its general counsel and was on the search for a new one. Carr decided to accept the offer and officially joined the team in May 2017.

“What was interesting to me about taking the job had nothing to do with being a general counsel again—I’ve done that for a lot of years,” he says. “This was about being able to have a blank canvas to take things that we’ve done at FMC Technologies to see if they’re scaled, to see if they’re repeatable, and can be implemented much more quickly than it took me to do at FMC Technologies. … My job was to come in and build a sustainable law department.”

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