About Us

What We Do

Established in 1977, CPR is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes the prevention and resolution of conflict to better enable the pursuit of purpose through the CPR Institute and its subsidiary, CPR Dispute Resolution Services, LLC.

The CPR Institute builds capacity for dispute prevention and resolution through the thought leadership of its diverse members – companies, leading mediators and arbitrators, law firms, individual practitioners, and academics – who share best practices and develop innovative tools for dispute management through Committees, publications, education and events.

CPR Dispute Resolution is a boutique-style provider of leading-edge dispute management services – mediation, arbitration, custom appointing services, a panel of dispute prevention specialists, and more - that leverages resources generated by the CPR Institute. The DRS case administrators have legal degrees, a combined 50 years of experience in ADR, and speak five languages. The Panel of Distinguished Neutrals is a carefully curated, diverse group of prominent, experienced subject matter and ADR experts based in 35 countries. To learn more about CPR Dispute Resolution, visit drs.cpradr.org.

CPR's Vision, Mission and Values

CPR seeks to help others manage conflict so that they might better pursue their purpose.

CPR’s mission is to harness the insights and experiences of its members to prevent and resolve business disputes.


We do this by:

  • Convening a community of members to generate innovative and best practice resources to prevent and resolve disputes.

  • Promoting a global culture of dispute prevention and resolution.

  • Resolving conflicts through an array of dispute resolution services and a Panel of Distinguished Neutrals.

The values which animate our operations are:

  • Quality – We strive for excellence in all that we do.

  • Accountability – We are responsive to the needs of each other, our members, our customers and to the broader community in which we work; we are responsible for addressing those needs efficiently and with integrity.

  • Collaboration – We seek to understand each other and to help find common ground and effective solutions.

"Less Conflict. More Purpose."


Uniquely bringing together in-house and outside counsel since 1977

CPR was the first organization to bring together corporate counsel and their law firms to find ways to lower the cost of litigation. Decades later, CPR continues to facilitate meaningful inside-outside counsel collaboration by demonstrating the powerful incentives that dispute resolution offers to both sides of this partnership.


The Power of the Pledge

In the 1980s, CPR was the first to develop a Policy Statement on Alternatives to Litigation (“CPR Pledge”) to encourage signatories to come to the table and thoughtfully discuss alternate approaches to resolving their disputes, instead of automatically running to court. To date, more than 4,000 companies and 1,500 law firms have signed. These CPR policy statements are bilateral and reflect the commitment of signing parties to considering ADR methods.

CPR then continued its efforts to change the way the world resolves conflict by creating its slightly updated “21st Century Corporate ADR Pledge.” Adopting the original pledge’s principles, the 21st Century Corporate ADR Pledge enhanced the focus on corporate commitment to proactive and thoughtful ADR programs supported by CPR’s full range of best practices and tools. Most importantly, the signatories have pledged to seek more thoughtful ways to avoid litigation unilaterally--regardless of whether the opposing party has done so as well. Early pledge signatories include members of CPR’s Board of Directors and CPR Council as well as other leading corporations.


Decades of cutting edge innovation

Since our founding, CPR and its members have worked collaboratively to develop the most innovative and cutting-edge rules, protocols and best practices to directly address business dispute resolution needs.

 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