Jeffrey Gearhart

EVP and General Counsel

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.


Age: 47

Jeffrey Gearhart

In January 2009, Jeff Gearhart succeeded Tom Mars as general counsel for Wal-Mart, one of the largest law practices in the state even though the company won't say just how many lawyers it has in the legal department. Gearhart, a product of the University of Arkansas School of Law, had practiced with the Rose Law Firm and Kutak Rock LLP before joining Wal-Mart in 2003. He was promoted to SVP and deputy general counsel in 2007, to EVP and general counsel in 2009, and then named corporate secretary in 2010.