2010 Corporate Leadership Award Dinner

 
 
 
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David Scott
Senior Vice President,
General Counsel & Secretary
Jeffrey W. Carr
Senior Vice President,
General Counsel & Secretary

On October 20, 2010, CPR honored David Scott, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Amgen Inc., and Jeffrey W. Carr, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of FMC Technologies Inc. The 2010 Corporate Leadership Award was presented at a black tie dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City which attracted 500 attendees representing the country’s top corporations, law firms, scholars, and public institutions.

About David Scott and Amgen
Scott has been in his Amgen post since 2004, focusing on the biotech giant’s intellectual property needs. Amgen is a 30-year-old Thousand Oaks, Calif.-based company that develops drug treatments for cancer, kidney disease, and other serious illnesses.  Scott joined Amgen after serving as general counsel at Minneapolis-based Medtronic Inc. He previously was general counsel of United Distillers & Vintners in London, and formerly worked at RJR Nabisco Inc.

In his acceptance remarks, Scott praised his law department team for their incorporation of alternative dispute resolution in their assessment management of issues.  He emphasized that “ADR is a strategic imperative for outside firms doing business with Amgen that allows the corporation’s best interest to be served.”

Amgen has applied ADR methods throughout its history, first using arbitration clauses in its early 1980s licensing agreements. Amgen continues to use conflict resolution clauses in its licensing agreements, and also has incorporated ADR clauses into employment and vendor contracts over the years. The company has long backed CPR Institute initiatives, having signed CPR’s Corporate Policy Statement on Alternatives to Litigation in 1994. In the nonbinding policy statement, better known as the CPR Corporate Pledge, companies unilaterally announce that they will explore alternatives to litigation, including direct negotiations and mediation, before filing a suit to settle disputes.

About Jeffrey Carr and FMC Technologies
Jeffrey Carr has been a longtime advocate for alternative billing in his post at Houston-based FMC Technologies, which develops and manufactures production and refining technologies for the energy industry.

In accepting the Corporate Leadership Award, Carr recognized his law firm partners and credited them for their vision to move away from “business as usual”.  He stated, “It is imperative that we - clients and firms - work together to resolve disputes more efficiently.  Disputes are inevitable, but at the end of the day, it’s not about the battle, but about the results for our business.  We work hard to resolve matters efficiently and effectively and incorporating CPR’s disciplines in the process helps us achieve better results.”
 
Carr is responsible for designing FMC Technologies’ “ACES” law firm engagement model. He has been general counsel since 2001, but joined the company’s predecessor, FMC Corp., in 1993. Before his current position, Carr was associate general counsel for FMC’s energy and airport systems business groups. He is also a CPR Institute board member. Prior to joining FMC, Carr founded and managed International Advisory Services Group Ltd., an international trade policy, investment banking and commercial consulting firm with offices in Washington, Prague and Manila.


 2010 Dinner Committee

Committee Chair
Charles R. Morgan
The Morgan Group

Frank Aquila
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Andrew R. Brownstein
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Brackett B. Denniston, III
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
General Electric Company

Lisa Damon
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Russell C. Deyo
Vice President & General Counsel
Johnson & Johnson

Stephen F. Gates
Former SVP and General Counsel
of ConocoPhillips

Mayer Brown LLP

Jonathan P. Graham
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Danaher Corporation

Raymond A. Jacobsen
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
 
Steven O. Kramer
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Carla P. Herron
Group Counsel-Litigation
The Shell Group

Elizabeth D. Mann
Mayer Brown LLP

Brien T. O’Connor
Ropes & Gray LLP

Brad Smith
Senior Vice President,
General Counsel & Corporate
Secretary, Legal & Corporate Affairs
Microsoft Corporation

PD Villarreal
Senior Vice President-Global Litigation
GlaxoSmithKline plc

Thomas L. Sager
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
DuPont Company

Amy W. Schulman
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Pfizer Inc