Cat CEO Asks Former U.S. AG For Help With Probe

Caterpillar Inc. announced it has retained former U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr as outside counsel.  New Cat CEO Jim Umpleby has tasked Barr, currently counsel to the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, with reviewing matters relating to the search warrants executed at Caterpillar facilities on March 2, and assisting the company in appropriately addressing those matters.

“Bill Barr is one of the most distinguished lawyers in the country, with an impeccable track record, well known for his integrity and direct, honest advice,” said Umpleby. “I have asked Bill — who has no prior connection with Caterpillar — to draw on his experience and that of his colleagues at Kirkland & Ellis and other advisers, to take a fresh look at Caterpillar’s disputes with the government, get all the facts, and then help us bring these matters to proper resolution based on the merits.”

Barr served as the 77th attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, and before that was deputy attorney general (1990-91) and as assistant attorney general in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel (1989-90) at the United States Dept. of Justice. After his public service, Barr served for over 14 years as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Verizon Communications, Inc. and its predecessor company, GTE Corp.