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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Keynote Address by Jan Paulsson

AM17 began with an opening keynote address by Jan Paulsson, noted international arbitration scholar and practitioner who has acted as advocate or arbitrator in hundreds of arbitrations in all familiar venues. The archived broadcast of this keynote can be found on CPR’s Facebook page at

Session 1: The Rise of the Legal COO

The Rise of the Legal COO explored the roles of Chief Operating Officers, in companies and in law firms, as clients and counsel incorporate dispute resolution as an increasingly important element of defining value in their relationships. Moderated by Michael Caplan, Goodwin, this panel featured David Allen, MassMutual Financial Group; Lucy Fato, Nardello & Co.; Ronald Prague, Synchronoss; and Thomas J. Sabatino, Jr., Aetna, Inc. 

Session 2: Dispute Resolution in the Caribbean

Dispute Resolution in the Caribbean, addressed the varying, but potentially soon to be harmonized, civil or common law systems among the nearly two dozen countries that comprise “the Caribbean.” Moderated by Carlos F. Concepción, Jones Day, the panel featured Leidylin Contreras, Directorate of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Dominican Republic; Mauricio Gomm Santos, GST LLP; Professor Calvin A. Hamilton, The University of the West Indies; C. Ryan Reetz, Bryan Cave; and Francisco A. Rodriguez, Akerman LLP. 

Launch of the Corporate Counsel Manual for Cross-Border Dispute Resolution

At lunch on Thursday, CPR debuted its new Corporate Counsel Manual for Cross-Border Dispute Resolution, which provides guidance on drafting and managing cross-border negotiations, mediations, expert determinations, dispute boards and international commercial and investment arbitrations. 

Session 3: Court Ordered Mediation in Practice – The Florida Model

Court Ordered Mediation in Practice – The Florida Model, taking advantage of Florida's leading role in developing highly-effective court annexed mediation to enable a robust discussion of what works and why. Moderated by Sharon Press, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, the panel featured Lawrence Watson Jr., Upchurch Watson White & Max; Jay P. Cohen, Court of Appeals Florida Fifth District; Judith M. Korchin, Holland & Knight; and Deborah B. Mastin, Law Office of Deborah Mastin, P.A.. 

Session 4: Facilitating Settlements: Does the Arbitrator Have a Role

Facilitating Settlements: Does the Arbitrator Have a Role, turned to methods of enabling settlements in arbitral proceedings while maintaining arbitrator independence and impartiality. Moderated by John J. Buckley, Jr., Williams & Connolly, the panel  featured Catherine Amirfar, Debevoise & Plimpton; Tai-Heng Cheng, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP; Daniel E. González, Hogan Lovells; Hansjörg Stutzer, Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte; and Javier Fernández-Samaniego, Samaniego Law. 

Session 5: Preventative Lawyering: Lessons Learned from the Construction Industry

Preventative Lawyering: Lessons Learned from the Construction Industry, addressed the many dispute resolution techniques of which the construction industry has been a successful early adopter, which can serve as a model for other industries. Co-moderated by Jennifer Wheatley Fletcher, Eversheds Sutherland and Sarah B. Biser, Fox Rothschild LLP, the panel featured Deborah B. Mastin, Law Office of Deborah Mastin, P.A.; Scott S. Partridge, Monsanto Company; and Richard H. Lowe, Duane Morris LLP. 

Inspiring Innovation Award Dinner

Thursday night was the Inspiring Innovation Award Dinner, honoring ConocoPhillips and Laura Robertson, Deputy General Counsel, Litigation & Arbitration, for their innovative ADR thinking and excellence in execution. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Keynote Address by David Seaton

AM17’s second day began with a keynote address by David Seaton, Chairman and CEO of Fluor Corporation, one of the world’s leading and largest engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance services companies. The archived broadcast of this keynote can be found on CPR’s Facebook page at

Breakout Session 6-A: IP

The IP panel addressed the impact of changes in the law, judicial decisions and BREXIT on IP disputes around the world—moderated by John D. Murnane, Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, this panel featured David W. Highet, Becton Dickinson and Company; Sandra K. Nowak, 3M Company; and Reza Green, Novo Nordisk A/S.

Breakout Session 6-B: Y-ADR-Sponsored Skills-Building Training Session

The Y-ADR Skills Training Session, addressed witness cross-examination in arbitration—moderated by Dana C. MacGrath, Sidley Austin LLP, this panel featured Brian King, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Vanessa Alarcon-Duvanel, White & Case LLP; C.J. Mahoney, Williams & Connolly; Lucy Greenwood, GreenwoodArbitration; Stephen L. Drymer, Woods LLP; and Alberto F. Ravell, ConocoPhillips.

Breakout Session 6-C: The Potential and Promise of Online Dispute Resolution

The Potential and Promise of Online Dispute Resolution—moderated by Vikki M. Rogers, Institute of International Commercial Law, Pace University, School of Law, this panel featured James South, CEDR; Larry W. Bridgesmith, Vanderbilt University, School of Law; and Loïc E. Coutelier, Modria. 

 34th Annual Academic Awards Ceremony Luncheon

At Friday afternoon’s luncheon ceremony, CPR announced the winners of its 34th Annual Academic Awards, focused on processes, techniques, systems, commitment and scholarship, addressing the resolution, prevention or creative management of major disputes. CPR also awarded its inaugural Y-ADR Annual Writing Award for Efficient & Effective Collaboration Between Corporate Counsel and Outside Counsel

Session 7: Arbitration: Procedural Fairness v. Efficiency

Arbitration: Procedural Fairness v. Efficiency explored the tension between reducing delay and expense – a hallmark of arbitral “best practice” – and assuring a fair process. Moderated by Lawrence S. Schaner, Jenner & Block LLP, the panel featured C. Mark Baker, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP; Maria Chedid, Baker McKenzie; Mary Beth Cantrell, Amgen, Inc.; Adolfo E. Jimenez, Holland & Knight LLP; and Michelle T. Visiedo, American Express. 

Session 8: Arbitration: Business Roundtable

The Business Roundtable panelists was comprised of leading General Counsel from around the world who addressed strategic issues they face as they implement a thoughtful approach to dispute resolution. Moderated by Mitchell J. Auslander, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, this panel featured Kelly Mahon Tullier, Visa, Inc.; Bart R. Schwartz, Assurant, Inc.; Sara E. Moss, Estée Lauder; and Carlos M. Hernandez, Fluor Corporation. 

Session 9: Ethics

The Ethics Panel explored issues involved in balancing arbitral efficiency and fairness, with a specific focus on arbitrator conflicts of interest, developments in disclosure obligations of arbitrators and disclosure obligations of counsel. Moderated by Gregory Gallopoulos, General Dynamics Corporation, the panel featured John M. Barkett, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP; Sarah Rudolph Cole, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; and Richard F. Ziegler, Jenner & Block LLP. 

Saturday, March 3, 2017

Joint meeting of the Arbitration and Energy Committees featuring a presentation on Damages in Arbitration by Mark Baker and Pat Galloway.