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CPR Welcomes Three Prestigious New Board Members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      
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Dana Massarsky

New York, NY, December 5, 2012 – The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), the only independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to help global business and their lawyers resolve complex commercial disputes more cost effectively and efficiently, announces three new additions to its elite Board of Directors.  

CPR’s newest Board members are:

  • Evan R. Chesler – Litigation Partner at Cravath, Swaine
    & Moore LLP
Evan Chesler is Cravath’s Presiding Partner. He has extensive experience in both trial and appellate courts, and has tried numerous cases in federal and state courts nationwide. Effective January 1, 2013, he will become Chairman of the firm, the first person to be given that title in the firm’s history.
  • John Heaps- Chairman of Eversheds LLP
Based in London, John Heaps is the Chairman of Eversheds LLP and a Partner in the Commercial Dispute Resolution team. He is an elected member of the firm’s Board and its constitutional committee. He represents European and U.S. multinational companies in relation to their commercial disputes, and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
  • Hon. Judith S. Kaye - Of Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate,
    Meagher & Flom LLP
Judith S. Kaye joined Skadden’s Litigation Group in 2009. Before joining the firm, she served as Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals for 15 years, longer than any other Chief Judge in New York’s history. She gained a national reputation for both her groundbreaking decisions and her innovative reforms of the New York court system, and is the author of more than 200 publications.

 “We are delighted to welcome these new additions to our Board of Directors,” said Kathleen A. Bryan, President and CEO of CPR. “They are staunch supporters of CPR, its programs, and its activities and will bring exciting new ideas and enthusiasm to our Board.”

CPR provides an independent platform for corporate counsel, lawyers and global ADR practitioners to share best practices advance their skills and expend the field of commercial dispute resolution. These highly-successful and notable members of the corporate and legal communities will play an integral role in guiding CPR in its mission to spearhead innovation and promote excellence as the primary multinational resource for avoidance, management and resolution of commercial disputes.

The Chairman of CPR’s Board of Directors is the Honorable William H. Webster, former Director of the CIA and FBI, U.S. Court of Appeals and District Court Judge and partner with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP.  The Vice Chairman is John S. Kiernan of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.  For a full Board of Directors list, biographies and additional information about CPR, visit You may download a copy of the organization’s annual report here.

About CPR

CPR is the only independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to help global business and their lawyers resolve complex commercial disputes more cost effectively and efficiently. For over 30 years, the legal community has trusted CPR to deliver superior arbitrators and mediators and innovative solutions to business conflict. CPR’s membership comprises an elite group of ADR trailblazers, including executives and legal counsel from the world’s most successful companies and global law firms, government officials, retired judges, highly-experienced neutrals, and leading academics. For more information on CPR, please visit