Jeff Carr has been “the client” for more than 21 years. He now spearheads ValoremNext™, a platform designed to diminish the need for legal services by preventing problems before they occur.* Jeff retired as Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, FMC Technologies, Inc. in August 2014. He joined FMC Corporation as International Counsel in 1993, became Associate General Counsel for Energy and Airport Systems in 1997, and was appointed as an officer and General Counsel in 2001 when FMC Technologies was spun off as a separate public company. Prior to joining FMC Technologies, Jeff was a liltigator with Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft (1980-1982), practiced international trade law with Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Wald Harkrader & Ross (1983-1987) and clerked for Judge M. Schwatrz (USDC - Del, 1982-83). He founded International Advisory Services Group, Ltd. in 1987, a trade policy, investment banking, and commercial consulting firm with offices in Washington, Rio de Janeiro, Prague and Manila.
Jeff graduated from the University of Virginia (BA with honors, 1978) and Georgetown University Law Center (JD with honors, 1982), and has over 30 hours of post-graduate study in international business & affairs. Jeff counsels, writes and speaks frequently on the “next” phase of law – prevention, creating and managing high performance legal teams, creating new delivery systems for legal services, creating and implementing risk/reward company-law firm engagement models, maximizing the role of the general counsel, and substantive areas, including international M&A, joint-ventures, corporate compliance and corporate governance. Jeff and his team were repeatedly recognized for cutting edge legal delivery service concepts and execution: Most Innovative Law Departments by Corporate Legal Times, Inside Counsel, Law 360, Financial Times, and Coporate Counsel (2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013); Houston Business Journal Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), CPR Excellence in Corporate Practice (2010), ACC Distinquished In-House Counsel Award (2010), ABA “Legel Rebel” (2009), Texas Lawyer “In-House 50” (2005), Inside Counsel “Power Broker 50” (2005), and Lexis-Nexis Distinquished Legal Services Award (2002). Jeff served on the boards of The General Counsel Forum and the Associaton of Corporate Counsel. Jeff is admitted to practice in Texas and the District of Columbia.
*Due to archane State of Texas ethics rules that date back to the Wild West, when Jeff is practicing law, he cannot do so under a cool non-person name like Valorem Law Group. Instead, he will practice law under the name, Jeff Carr, PC., in affiliation with Valorem.