Helena Tavares Erickson
Senior Vice President, Dispute Resolution Services and Corporate Secretary
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Helena Tavares Erickson, CPR’s Senior Vice President, Dispute Resolution Services & Corporate Secretary, oversees the Dispute Resolution Services and Panels departments in administering commercial matters. In addition, Ms. Erickson serves as CPR’s Challenge Review Officer, is the liaison to the Arbitration Committee and oversees CPR's Awards Program; CPR's Brazil Initiatives; and programming, logistics and sponsorship for CPR's Annual Meeting.
Ms. Erickson began her career at CPR convening a number of CPR membership-based committees charged with designing industry or practice-focused ADR protocols, rules and other products. Under her direction, CPR released a new generation of books on conflict resolution topics. Ms. Erickson served as co-editor of Patent Mediation (2004), as editor of Drafting Dispute Resolution Clauses (2006) and as author of Drafting Dispute Resolution Clauses 2008 Supplement. Prior to joining CPR in 2004, Ms. Erickson practiced for over seventeen years with the litigation and arbitration groups of Dewey Ballantine and White & Case, including three years in White & Case’s Paris office, where she was admitted to the Paris bar. She has served as an advocate in arbitration proceedings under ICC, ICDR and UNCITRAL Rules, among others. She is a member of the bars of New York and Connecticut, is a member of the New York International Arbitration Club, and has been trained as a mediator. Ms. Erickson is a native speaker of Portuguese and proficient in French and Spanish. Ms. Erickson is the author of several book chapters and articles, including: Chapter 47 in International Commercial Arbitration: 21 st Century Perspectives ( Naon and Mason, eds ., 2010, rev. 2014), The Top Ten Questions People Ask About Ad Hoc, Non-Administered or SelfAdministered Arbitration, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (August 2008), Business Arbitration Can and Should Be Improved in the United States, Dispute Resolution Mag., Vol. 14, No. 3 (ABA, Spring/Summer 2008)(with Kathy A. Bryan), Looking Back and Ahead: The Panama Convention After 30 Years, 23 Alternatives 184 (2005), Litigation vs. Arbitration in the Americas: Advantages and Disadvantages from a New York Perspective, 15 Int’l L. Practicum 3 (Spring 2002) and The United States Perspective on Traveling with the Attorney-Client Privilege: Checked or Carryon Baggage?, 7 Int’l L. Practicum 3 (Spring 1994). She has regularly lectured on topics relating to international arbitration, litigation and ethics. She is a 2006 recipient of the NYSBA ADR Committee’s award for contributions to the field of ADR and a 2017 and 2018 NLJ ADR Champion.