Willard Zeller Carr, Jr.


Willard Zeller Carr, Jr.



Willard Zeller Carr, Jr., was born in Richmond, Indiana, on December 18, 1927. Upon graduating from Richmond High School in 1945, he enrolled at Purdue University. After three years at Purdue, Carr enrolled in a cooperative arrangement between Purdue and the Indiana University School of Law, in which his first year of law school would serve as his senior year as an undergraduate. In this manner, he received his Bachelor of Science from Purdue in 1949 and his law degree from I.U. in 1950.

Soon after graduating from law school, Carr entered the U.S. Air Force, serving as a captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Department. In 1952, Carr accepted a position with the Los Angeles firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He would remain with the firm for the next 42 years, specializing in employment law and labor relations.

Carr was an internationally recognized expert on employment law and labor relations, an author of numerous publications on the subject, and served as an arbitrator and mediator. He chaired committees for the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association and the United States Executive Committee of the U.S.- European Top Management Roundtable. Carr was a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow Emeritus of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. His civic and philanthropic contributions to the Southern California community were numerous.

Carr had a long and close relationship with the law school at Indiana. He served on the school's Board of Visitors from 1996 until 2003, and funded an endowed professorship in labor and employment law beginning in 1992. Willard Z. Carr, Jr. was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1991.

William Z. Carr died on April 10, 2020 in Thousand Oaks, California. He was 92.


Maurer Alumni, Employment Law, Labor Law, Gibson Dunn and Crutcher, Academy of Law Alumni Fellows



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