William P. Barr
William P. Barr "is executive vice president and general counsel of Verizon. He heads the legal, regulatory and government affairs group. Prior to the Bell Atlantic / GTE merger, Barr, former Attorney General of the United States, was executive vice president - government and regulatory advocacy, general counsel for GTE. He provided legal advice to senior management and the Board of Directors and directed activities of GTE's Legal Department. He also led legislative and regulatory advocacy activities for GTE and all of the corporation's operating units. He was responsible for GTE's Government Affairs staff in Washington, D.C., and for the Corporate Secretary's department. Barr, who served as Attorney General under President George Bush from 1991 to 1993, was elected senior vice president and general counsel of GTE in June 1994. Immediately prior to joining GTE, he was a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of the Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge law firm. He came to the Department of Justice as assistant attorney general in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel in 1989, and subsequently served as deputy attorney general before his appointment as Attorney General in November 1991. As Attorney General, Barr established innovative programs to combat violent crime and set significant new enforcement policies in a wide range of areas, including financial institutions, civil rights and antitrust merger guidelines. At the end of the Bush administration, he returned to Shaw, Pittm." 
- "Right Web Profile", November 20, 2003.