Charles James might have one of the toughest GC gigs in the nation. James handles all of the legal affairs of Chevron Corp., which has operations in 187 countries--some of which are located in the most remote and dangerous places on Earth. His job is never boring. In the past year, he and his 300-lawyer legal department engineered a merger with Unocal Corp., oversaw a price-fixing case that ended up in the Supreme Court, managed a toxic tort claim in a court in the Amazon and responded to ongoing allegations that some of
its contract workers in Myanmar (Burma) engaged in human rights violations. On top of that, he has a litigation docket at any given time of about 10,000 cases and an outside counsel budget of about $100 million.
approach we took.
Q: Some people have said that Ashcroft is a tough person to work for. True?