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ConocoPhillips General Counsel Recognized For ADR Leadership (Mealey's)

Fri, Oct 19, 2007

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ConocoPhillips General Counsel Stephen F. Gates and ConocoPhillips were awarded the 2007 Corporate Leadership Award Oct. 5 by the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) for supporting alternative dispute resolution.

In the announcement of the award, the institute said, “A CPR Institute member since 1981, ConocoPhillips is a pioneer in the corporate legal community’s commitment to conflict resolution practices and principles. Under the leadership of Stephen F. Gates, the company’s rigorous early evaluation program and systemic approach to litigation management has resulted in a legal department that has notably increased shareholder value.”

Previous winners of the Corporate Leadership Award include Johnson & Johnson, General Electric and Ernst & Young.

“Each year, the CPR Institute honors a corporation that has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the principles of conflict management and resolution and has institutionalized these principles into their corporate and industry culture,” the announcement said.

“For their corporate leadership, commitment to principled conflict management and their dedication to promoting diversity, the CPR Institute is proud to honor ConocoPhillips and Stephen F. Gates,” said Kathleen A. Bryan, chief executive officer of CPR Institute. “ConocoPhillips has set a successful benchmark against which all companies legal departments should be measured.”

The award was presented at a black-tie dinner Oct. 4 in New York. The event drew approximately 500 representatives of top corporations, law firms, scholars and public institutions in the country, the institute said.

Funds raised by the Corporate Leadership Award Dinner benefit the educational, research and public policy programs sponsored by the CPR Institute.

Gates joined ConocoPhillips in May 2003. He is currently general counsel and senior vice president.

He previously worked at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw in Chicago. He served 23 years at BP and Amoco, which merged in 1998. He was BP executive vice president and group chief of staff after serving as Amoco vice president and general counsel.

Gates also was senior vice president and general counsel of FMC Corp. in 2000 and 2001.

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