Interview with Clifford Barr / Andeavor
Clifford Barr is an associate general counsel for Andeavor, an integrated marketing, logistics and petroleum refining company. Until recently the company was called Tesoro Corporation, where Barr was employed for a dozen years. His job there changed dramatically about a year ago, when the company hired Kim Rucker as its new general counsel. Rucker had previously been general counsel at Kraft, where there was an established legal operations group. But Tesoro, which Barr describes as “very traditional as far as the legal department goes,” had never had one. Rucker was determined to change that. She saw that Barr, whose work in procurement had led him to develop processes and to standardize and streamline procedures, had an aptitude for this sort of thing. (His years as an Air Force JAG officer also came in handy.) So she asked him to create and lead a legal operations team to help transform the legal department from a cost center to a strategic value-added business partner. The interview has been edited for style and length.