What We Do
Established in 1977, CPR is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes the prevention and resolution of conflict to better enable purpose.
The CPR Institute drives a global prevention and dispute resolution culture through the thought leadership of its diverse member companies, leading mediators and arbitrators, law firms, individual practitioners, and academics. It convenes Committees to share best practices and develop innovative tools. It connects thought leaders through global, regional and smaller events. It publishes a monthly journal on related topics and advocates for expanding the capacity for dispute prevention and resolution globally through a variety of initiatives.
CPR Dispute Resolution provides leading edge dispute management services – mediation, arbitration, early neutral evaluation, dispute review boards and others -- as well as training and education. It is uniquely positioned to resolve disputes by leveraging the resources generated by the leaders who participate in the CPR Institute. It has deep experience in dispute management, a deep bench on its global Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, and deep expertise across a variety of subject areas.
Participating in CPR's European Advisory Board provides a unique forum for in house counsel and private practice lawyers from common law and civil law traditions, to exchange ideas and develop tools to enhance the resolution of disputes in Europe and across borders.
— Alex Oddy
Partner, Litigation & Arbitration Division, Herbert Smith Freehills
As a member of CPR I have the great opportunity to interact with a well experienced global litigation team and to be continuously updated about the hot topics in ADR.
— Camila Biral Vieira da Cunha Martins
Partner, Demarest Advogados
CPR’s precious resources, powerful events and non-stop trust-building efforts have, over the past years, contributed immensely to the expansion of ADR in Brazil. By connecting businesses, public officials and academia in the country, CPR is paving the way for the smarter dispute resolution of the future.
— Daniel Arbix
Head of Legal, Google Brazil
CPR has been a lighthouse for the development of mediation in Brazil. The organization has generously shared their historical high quality resources in ADR; inspired us and participated in some of the most important initiatives for the country’s mediation community, such as the Brazilian Mediation Pledge of 2014.
— Diego Faleck
Partner, Faleck & Associados
Through an active and diverse local board, CPR has been driving the way the Brazilian legal community perceives and embraces alternative mechanisms to resolve business disputes. In a jurisdiction such as Brazil, with significant levels of litigation, this is not a small achievement. The CPR Brazil Advisory Board brings just the right balance between CPR’s global reach and experience and Brazil’s unique features as a developing economy.
— Gabriel Costa
Shell Brasil Petróleo Ltda.
CPR is the greatest global ADR think tank. Membership provides to me access to cutting edge issues, and valuable resources for addressing them.
— Joaquim de Paiva Muniz
Partner, Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados
Many organizations focus on a specific method of resolving disputes, such as arbitration or mediation. CPR takes a holistic approach and is interested in the effective resolution of business disputes, whatever pathway is needed to get there. With that objective in mind, they scan broadly to identify and understand trends, strategies, tools and emerging technologies. CPR also balances international and local perspectives; they are attuned to different cultural approaches to dispute resolution. This broad, flexible lens is important to those of us working in Europe’s diverse legal landscape. I value the opportunity to look at the bigger picture.
— Kevin G. Smith
Managing Counsel, Global Litigation, Shell International B.V.
CPR membership is the best way for professionals to share ADR experience and culture in a way that enhances both their practices and ADR overall.
— Marina Kralj Miliša
General Counsel, Končar
CPR provides an opportunity to meet leaders in law to discuss and implement changes in the culture of preventing and resolving legal conflicts.
— Maurice Kuitems
Managing General Counsel, Fluor
CPR is a global network of highly qualified practitioners devoted to dispute resolution and prevention. CPR Members collaborate to organize cutting-edge international conferences, webinars, in-house counsel roundtables and to produce guidelines and protocols to promote best practices in dispute prevention and resolution worldwide.
— Rafael Francisco Alves
Partner, L.O. Baptista
As disruptive technologies are changing the way European companies operate globally, CPR connects you to excellent sources of knowledge and information you need now, more than ever.
— Ralf Lindbäck
Vice President, Legal Affairs and Services | Wärtsilä Corporation
I have always been convinced that CPR was one of the main instruments we could use in Europe to promote and foster a favorable ADR culture because of the long history of success those in the US have already experienced.
— Stefano Catelani
Former Corporate Counsel, Dupont
CPR is a truly innovative and dynamic organization that has offered me invaluable opportunities to meet, and learn from, highly qualified and motivated thought-leaders in dispute resolution. My various activities with CPR help me be a better partner to my clients.
— Vanessa Alarcon Duvanel
Counsel, King & Spalding
CPR is the perfect environment to connect you with the right people and share experiences about any dispute resolution matters.
— Vilma Toshie Kutomi
Partner, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
We would never have made a firm-wide commitment to embrace ADR without having been inspired by CPR.
— Bennett G. Picker
Senior Counsel, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP
CPR connects me to global litigation and ADR developments through informative speakers, written materials, international programs, and practical pointers that help me to do my job better.
— Carla Herron
Former Group Counsel, Litigation, Shell
CPR is a special organization. It operates a highly professional nonprofit organization that is making meaningful inroads in changing the culture of corporate America and the way it handles commercial disputes
— Charles Gill
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, United Technologies
Over the years, CPR helped shape how I and, in turn, the legal department and company, approached commercial disputes. We were very early adopters of the stepped dispute resolution process in our commercial agreements and based much of our ADR tools on CPR’s resources... CPR has been an invaluable business partner providing us with creative, practical and actionable measures to transform how we approach and manage disputes.
— Duncan Ross MacKay
Deputy General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer Eversource Energy
If and when faced with a dispute, companies should, whenever possible, strive for alternatives which preserve both parties’ business interests.
— Jean-Claude Najar
Partner, Lazareff Le Bars
CPR was the first, and is still the best, at identifying developing trends and successful strategies in the field.
— John Graham
SVP, General Counsel and Secretary, Amgen
CPR’s exceptional resources help global businesses and their lawyers resolve commercial disputes efficiently and effectively. My company looks to CPR for the latest in global litigation and ADR developments.
— John Schultz
Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
CPR’s comprehensive Panel of Distinguished Neutrals is one of the most respected listings of mediators and arbitrators in the field.
— Prof. Marvin Johnson
CPR membership provides a company the ability to achieve excellence in ADR in a cost-effective way and provides the environment, through its committee work and otherwise, for in-house counsel to participate in the development of a dynamic and critically important area. CPR is the only ‘all-in-one’ shop to the business community for ADR services. That’s why at Amgen we value our CPR membership.
— Mary Beth Cantrell
Sr. Associate General Counsel, Amgen Inc.
Chair, CPR Membership Committee
In persuading clients to agree—post-dispute—to arbitrate, the existence of the CPR panels of neutrals has been extremely useful. Letting clients know that there’s a ready-made and well-vetted group of talented and conscientious neutrals can be an important factor in the choice to try ADR. Full disclosure: I’m happy to be one!
— Richard F. Ziegler
Partner, Jenner & Block
CPR’s Rules for Administered Arbitration of International Disputes provide a state-of-the-art set of arbitration rules tailored to international disputes, just the right balance of administrator involvement in the proceedings, and procedures designed to ensure a cost efficient arbitration. Global businesses will benefit from having this option available for use in cross-border contracts.
— Robert H. Smit
Former Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
While the use of mediation and arbitration are on the rise as an effective alternative to the drawn-out and excessively burdensome court litigation, these opportunities are undoubtedly followed by significant challenges, all the more so in Brazil, such as preparing the professionals and building a robust ADR culture among legal practitioners. This is where an organization like CPR can have, and is in fact having, a particular impact. CPR is to be commended for taking the lead on this extremely relevant discussion in our Country.
— Shirley Meschke
Legal Director, Pfizer
We had a brewing multimillion dollar commercial dispute with an important business partner. The matter was headed to litigation, until we realized that the counterparty had signed the CPR Pledge and was a member of CPR. We had the “ice-breaker” we needed. We were able to reach an agreement to mediate the dispute, and quickly selected a neutral from the CPR list. Our mediation occurred just six weeks later, and enabled the parties to reach a settlement. The dispute was resolved efficiently, without having to engage outside counsel, and the constructive tone and non-adversarial proceeding also saved the commercial relationship. Without the parties’ separate, preexisting connections to CPR, I don’t think we would have resolved the case without litigation.
— Steven Greenspan
VP and Chief Litigation Counsel, United Technologies