Meet Your DRS Team
Your corporate dispute is stressful enough. Whether for an administered matter or any number of other services that CPR provides, let our experienced and insightful staff make things easier for you by guiding you through the process. Meet Your DRS team:
Helena Tavares Erickson
Senior Vice President, Dispute Resolution Services and Corporate Secretary
Helena Tavares Erickson oversees the Dispute Resolution Services and Panels departments in administering commercial matters. In addition, Ms. Erickson serves as CPR’s Corporate Secretary and CPR’s Challenge Review Officer, is the liaison to the Arbitration and various Rules Revision Committees, and oversees CPR's Awards and Training Programs. Ms. Erickson began her career at CPR convening a number of CPR based committees charged with designing industry or practice-focused ADR protocols, rules and other products and was in charge of the CPR Brazil Initiative for many years. 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: 21st Century Perspectives ( Naon and Mason, eds ., 2010, rev. 2020), "The Top Ten Questions People Ask About Ad Hoc, Non-Administered or Self Administered 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 NLJ ADR Champion.
Vice President, Global Development for Dispute Resolution Services
Mia Levi is the Vice President of Global Development for Dispute Resolution Services of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution ("CPR"). In her role, she will be working with the Dispute Resolution Services and Panels department of CPR, where she will be able to help CPR further put into practice the innovative tools generated by CPR’s think tank, the CPR Institute, and further utilize the tremendous talent of the Distinguished Panel of Neutrals.
Prior to joining CPR, Mia held multiple positions with the American Arbitration Association. She started as a Case Manager and then International Case Counsel in the AAA’s international division, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution. Thereafter, she joined the AAA’s Construction Division as the Director of Dispute Resolution Services for the Northeast, where she was responsible for administering complex, multi-party and high-profile construction cases as well as developing and recruiting a diverse panel of neutrals and new matters for the construction division.
Prior to joining the AAA, Mia served as a Research Assistant for Judge William G. Bassler (Ret.), a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and current adjunct professor at Fordham Law School in New York City. She also worked as a Law Clerk at Crosby & Higgins LLP, a Manhattan-based firm that represents clients in business disputes, intellectual property matters, and technology ventures. Mia received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and her B.A. from Brown University.
Mia is a member of the New York state bar, and is an active member in the New York City Bar Association’s Construction Law Committee and the American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section. She is passionate about bringing diversity to ADR and has been involved in many diversity efforts, including co-Founding the Women's Construction Initiative. Mia is also a trained mediator. She completed her Mediator Training (New York Court Part 146 Approved) in 2017 and has since completed several Advanced Mediator Training courses. She began her mediation experience at Fordham University’s Mediation Clinic where she was a mediator at the New York City Small Claims Court in the Bronx.
She has authored several articles on the topic of dispute resolution, including Insurance Issues in Construction Arbitration in the AAA Dispute Resolution Journal and Inconsistent Application: Enforcing International Arbitral Awards in National Courts in the New York International Law Review.
Manager, Dispute Resolution Services
Alveen Shirinyans joined CPR as Dispute Resolution Services Manager in February 2020. Prior to moving to NY and joining CPR, Alveen worked as an independent international arbitration practitioner in Paris and Los Angeles. Throughout her legal career, she has gained valuable experience in international dispute resolution working at Orrick Paris and the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). At the ICC, she worked with the Commonwealth team and the Commission of Arbitration and ADR. She was a Vis Moot participant in 2017 and has since acted as a Vis Moot arbitrator every year.
Alveen earned her Juris Doctor degree with a concentration in International Business Law from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles with stints studying abroad in Italy and Paris and was admitted to the New York bar in August 2019. While at Loyola, she worked for the International Human Rights Clinic focusing exclusively on ICSID arbitration. Prior to law school, she earned her BBA in Business Management where she was on the Dean’s List and graduated with honors.
Alveen speaks English, Farsi, Armenian and Turkish fluently and has a good command of German.
Manager, Panels of Distinguished Neutrals
Chris Silva is the Manager, Panels of Distinguished Neutrals. He obtained his BA in Latin American Studies from New York University and his MS in Information and Library Science from Pratt Institute. Chris worked as a legal assistant in the Appeals and Defense Negligence Litigation units of the law departments of State Farm Insurance Company and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company aiding through the entire litigation process from summons and complaint to appeals.
Shortly before obtaining his library science degree, he was hired by a small television production company, 4Kids Entertainment, where he established the in-house tape library. Chris worked in media and creative services at 4Kids Entertainment, Saban Brands and Sirius XM Radio coordinating and trafficking broadcast television programming, promotions and production in addition to managing media assets, elements, deliverables and related metadata. He also produced a few short on-air promos.
Chris is fluent in Portuguese and conversant in Spanish.