Who are CPR Neutrals
CPR supports a Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, from which arbitrators, mediators and other dispute management professionals are selected to help parties prevent and resolve disputes. It includes prominent attorneys, retired state and federal judges, academics, as well as highly-skilled business executives, legal experts and dispute resolution professionals who are particularly qualified to resolve all business and employment disputes, and including those involving multi-national corporations. as well as smaller companies, or issues of public sensitivity.
Admission to the Panel is a selective process, with those interested in joining completing an application or, in certain circumstances, simply sending a resume and providing references to CPR. In evaluating applications to join its Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, CPR considers candidates’ education, experience with commercial or consumer matters, ADR training, ADR experience, and references. From time to time, CPR will convene review committees comprising CPR Institute members with experience in ADR matters and Neutrals to review the applications to help CPR evaluate the substantive experience of candidates in a given field. CPR strives for geographic and other diversity in the roster of the Panel. All CPR Neutrals are expected to meet certain training requirements, and to maintain the highest ethical standards as set out by the governing ethical codes and rules. See generally, Become a Neutral.
The Neutrals, when selected for a matter, are independent contractors. They have no ownership interest in CPR, a not-for-profit organization, and receive no funding from CPR. The Neutrals located in the US pay an annual Neutral Administrative Fee based on the number of Panels on which they are listed, as well as 5% of fees earned on CPR matters to which they are selected. These administrative fees, among other things, contribute to defraying the administrative costs of maintaining their biographical and profile data on the web and in CPR’s databases, as well as the costs of providing trainings and forums for sharing best practices and approaches among neutrals and other practitioners, and promotional activities related to CPR Neutrals. Many of the Neutrals also elect to participate and contribute donations as members in the activities and offerings of the CPR Institute.
Focusing in more than 30 practice areas, CPR’s esteemed arbitrators and mediators have provided resolutions in thousands of cases, with billions of dollars at issue worldwide.
- Arbitration Appeals Panel
The Arbitration Appeal Panel consists of U.S. federal and state appellate or senior judges who are available to decide appeals in accordance with contractual provisions providing for appellate arbitral review of arbitral awards such as CPR’s Appellate Arbitration Procedure.
- Banking, Accounting & Financial Services Panel
This Panel comprises neutrals with experience in resolving complex disputes arising between banking, accounting and financial services institutions. Included on this Panel are attorneys with extensive financial background and expertise in resolving disputes which arise in the context of real estate, accounting, mergers & acquisitions, hedge funds and other types of corporate deals. They include neutrals with an understanding of the financial implications of business processes and flows; business valuations; buy-sell agreements; financial and securities disputes; forensic accounting; insurance coverage; professional malpractice by accounting firms; partnerships, and corporations.
- BioTech Panel
The BioTech Panel consists of neutrals expert in biotechnology matters. The panel also includes neutrals with experience in intellectual property related to biotechnology and related fields. IP disputants may also consult CPR's Technology Panel.
- Certified Public Accountants Panel
The Certified Public Accountants Panel comprises US certified public accountants with experience in complex commercial matters. These neutrals’ expertise includes forensic accounting, valuation and professional malpractice by accounting firms. Most have served in ADR cases with large claims or had extensive experience auditing or consulting with large clients. Taxation disputants may also want to consult CPR’s Taxation Panel.
- China Business Mediation Panel
This Panel includes sophisticated mediators trained in resolving disputes between U.S. and Chinese companies. These mediators use the Mediation Procedure developed by CPR and CCPIT (China Council for Promotion of International Trade) and mediations are conducted through the auspices of the U.S. – China Business Mediation Center.
- Construction Panel
The Construction Panel includes attorneys and other construction professionals available to resolve construction disputes through arbitration, mediation and dispute review boards. CPR Construction Panelists are also available to resolve disputes under CPR’s Rules for Expedited Arbitration of Construction Disputes, an expedited arbitration procedure centered on a 100-day hearing time frame.
- Cross Border Disputes Panel
Our Cross Border Disputes Panel is composed of world-class neutrals – located in North America - who are highly experienced in resolving all types of complex cross border commercial disputes.
- Cyber Panel
The CPR Cyber Panel contains neutrals who are expert in data breaches and other cybersecurity issues, as well as those experienced in handling related insurance coverage disputes.
- Dispute Prevention Panel
This panel is comprised of neutrals skilled in facilitating conflict management and solving business tensions before they become legal conflicts or claims. These neutrals are skilled arbitrators, mediators and facilitators, including former in-house counsel, engineers, law firm practitioners and others experienced in commercial disputes ranging from banking and financial services to technology. Learn More
- E-Discovery Panel
The E-Discovery Panel of Neutrals comprises attorneys and e-discovery professionals who have significant experience in e-discovery matters, including knowledge of data retention and retrieval systems, corporate retention policies and case law in the field. They are available to assist parties and adjudicators as special masters or in resolving E-Discovery disputes out of court.
- Employment Panel
The CPR Employment Panel includes neutrals with experience in all aspects of employment law and disputes, including executive compensation, misclassification and wage/hour, statutory discrimination and termination issues. This panel, which consists of over 200 neutrals, is 45% diverse.
- Energy, Oil & Gas Panel
This blue-ribbon international panel is made up of energy neutrals who are experts in resolving complex energy disputes including solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, turbines, electrical, and nuclear, and oil and gas specialties. The panel includes former general counsel, former advisors to government entities, professors, engineers and former judges with extensive energy experience.
- Entertainment Panel
Mediation and arbitration are widely used to resolve disputes in the entertainment industry notably because of the confidentiality and time sensitivity involved. CPR’s Entertainment Panel is comprised of practitioners uniquely qualified to handle the types of disputes encountered in the film, television, music, and performing arts industries.
- Environmental Panel
This exclusive panel is composed of highly experienced attorneys specialized in resolving a wide variety of environmental conflicts. Their areas of specialization include water rights, toxic torts, natural resources, and land use.
- Franchise Panel
This panel is comprised of neutrals with extensive experience in resolving disputes arising between franchisors and franchisees. Our panelists are also expert in resolving disputes through the National Franchise Mediation Program. This Program, which has been endorsed by the International Franchise Association, the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, and the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers, has been used by many leading franchisors, franchisees and franchisee associations. This panel is available to the public.
- General Counsel Panel
Our General Counsel Panel is comprised of current or former General Counsel at Fortune 500 companies. Their extensive corporate experience offers unique perspective and skills for efficient corporate conflict management.
- Global Panel
Our Global Panel is composed of world-class neutrals -- located across the globe outside of North America -- who are highly experienced in resolving all types of complex cross-border commercial disputes.
- Healthcare & Life Sciences Panel
The Healthcare & Life Sciences Panel of neutrals are experts in matters involving health care entities, hospitals and hospital systems, physicians and other providers, collaborative arrangements, managed care and HMOs, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, as well as the complex regulatory framework in which they operate. The panel also includes neutrals with experience in intellectual property related to health care and the life sciences, clinical trials, R&D and bioethics. IP disputants may also consult CPR's Biotech and Technology Panels.
- Hedge Funds Panel
The Hedge Funds Panel comprises neutrals with broad experience in complicated investment disputes between hedge funds and corporate hedge fund investors.
- Insurance Panel
The neutrals admitted to our Insurance Panel are uniquely qualified to handle all types of complex insurance and reinsurance disputes among insurers and/or reinsurers.
- Insurer-Policy Holder Coverage Panel
This Panel was assembled by CPR’s Corporate Insurance Coverage Initiative comprising leaders of the insurance and corporate worlds. These panelists are expert in resolving coverage disputes which can arise between insurers and corporate policy holders.
- Judicial Panel
The neutrals on the Judicial Panel are all former U.S. federal judges or judges from State courts or foreign country jurisdictions with years of experience adjudicating all kinds of disputes.
- Municipal Bankruptcy Panel
The neutrals on this panel specifically focus on municipality organization and debt restructuring, as well as other government financial dispute resolution.
- National Panel
CPR’s National Panel is an elite panel comprising CPR’s most distinguished neutrals. These panelists are nationally recognized for their success and experience across the ADR spectrum. Neutrals are only selected to this panel after a rigorous peer review process and must possess exemplary arbitrator and mediator skills and have amassed years of tangible experience to be listed on this specialty panel.
- Real Estate Panel
The Real Estate Panel comprises neutrals expert in all real estate matters including banking and finance, development, land use and zoning, leasing, environmental concerns, and other complex commercial real estate matters.
- Sports Law Panel
The neutrals of the Sports Law Panel are expert in sports law and the types of disputes arising between athletes and various sports organizations.
- Technology/IP Panel
The Technology Panel is composed of neutrals with experience in all aspects of scientific and technological disputes. They have backgrounds in natural sciences, computer science, electronic, engineering and similar technologies. Most have backgrounds in patent and other intellectual property disputes. Technology and science disputants might also want to consult CPR’s Biotech, Health Care & Life Sciences, and Trademark Panels.
- Trademark Panel
This panel includes leading practitioners who are highly experienced in resolving trademark, copyright, design patent, and trade dress disputes between corporations. These neutrals are experienced with trademark and unfair competition disputes.
- CPR/CAM Joint Panel
CPR and Milan Chamber of Arbitration (CAM) have signed an agreement to increase the number of highly qualified neutrals made available to the respective users of CPR and CAM for the resolution of complex commercial disputes. Specifically, CPR and CAM will share a list of accredited ADR professionals who are bilingual in English and Italian, and who can handle complex cross-border matters.
- CPR/CAMARB Joint Panel
CPR and Câmara de Arbitragem Empresarial Brasil (CAMARB), have entered into a ground breaking agreement to exchange lists of qualified dispute resolution experts. The goal of this first-of-its-kind collaboration for CPR and CAMARB in South America is to share these lists with respective users to leverage and support accredited mediators and/or arbitrators – bilingual in English and Portuguese and capable of handling commercial cross-border disputes – in a concerted effort to further the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in Brazil.Learn More
- CPR/CMAP Joint Panel
CPR and CMAP (Centre de Médiation et d’Arbitrage de Paris) have signed a cooperation agreement in an effort to expand their respective panels. This joint panel comprises distinguished neutrals with a working knowledge of both the French and English languages and experience in complex commercial cross-border arbitrations and/or mediations. Neutrals on this panel are listed on CPR’s Global and Cross-Border Panels, and their bios contain both CPR and CMAP logos. Learn More