done at UPS,
and it’s made
her an excellent
Lash Harrison of
Ford & Harrison.
“Our in-house lawyers are managers of
the legal process, the conduits between the
outside counsel who are typically involved
in litigation, and our business teams. Our
department lawyers can identify potential
land mines, evaluate risk, act as the eyes
and ears of the organization.
“I feel like I’m serving a much more
productive role now than I ever did in
private practice, just resolving conflicts.”
McClure calls herself “an issue-spotter for the larger strategies of the
organization—for example, if we’re looking
to go into a new line of business.”
“Several years ago we rolled out a
priority and focus on the health care
market, a new area for the company.
[The department/business] began by
recognizing that there are layers and
layers of regulations and rules we have
to comply with if we’re going into the
distribution and supply chain support for
health care entities,” she says. “It’s a costly
process, complying [with] state licensing
procedures and DEA [Drug Enforcement
Administration] procedures, and we’re
governed by a number of different
regulatory agencies. And it’s a legal
process, making sure we are not violating
regulations with respect to the distribution
and storage of controlled substances.
There was no UPS rulebook for this at the
time, so we basically had to create this
McClure’s 17 years with the company
have had twists and turns, including total
departures from the legal department—
in 2003, for example, she became vice
president of operations for the Central
“With UPS, you just never know,” she says.
“You go where you’re directed. But this was
a developmental opportunity. If you want to
advance in the organization, it’s a good idea
to have some real business experience, so I
was grateful for the opportunity.”
As an operations leader, she had 4,000
people working under her, several thousand
brown package cars she was in charge of,
and she developed a different point of view.
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