At the U.S. Department of Justice, Barr served in the positions of Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel from 1989 to 1990, Deputy Attorney General from May 1990 to August 1991 and Acting Attorney General for three months. He was appointed Attorney General by President Bush in 1991. After resigning as Attorney General, he returned to private practice and sits on the boards of directors of several US corporations.
He is vice chairman of the board of directors of the College of William & Mary.
As of 2004 Barr is a Vice President and the General Counsel of Verizon, having served in the same capacity with its predecessor GTE.
William G. Barr, co-author of the book "Whole Again", tells of his and his son's struggles to find a proper fitting prosthesis and overcome their disabilities.
Barr was an above the knee amputee as a result of a 1970 car bombing, his son Tony lost a foot in a 1972 train accident.
The Barr Foundation and other amputee support organizations and the Florida Association of Orthotists and Prosthetists were instrumental in the successful passage of 1997 legislation requiring mandatory licensing of orthotic and prosthetic professionals in the state of Florida.
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