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CPR Convenes Mass Claims Commission to Address Swift Resolution of Superstorm Sandy Insurance Claims

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Commission Chair Kenneth Feinberg Calls Upon CPR for Experienced Neutrals

New York, NY, December 12, 2012 – The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) announced that it has convened a group of interested neutrals, insureds and insurers, under the auspices of its Commission on Facilities for the Resolution of Mass Claims, to help insurers and insureds facilitate the quick resolution of the claims arising from the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Kenneth R. Feinberg, name partner in Feinberg Rozen and Deborah E. Greenspan, a Dickstein Shapiro LLC partner, both based in Washington, D.C., are the Commission’s co-chairs. Mr. Feinberg was previously appointed by the U.S. Attorney General as Special Master for the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund Program, which was designated by Congress to provide aid to families of victims without litigation, and Ms. Greenspan was a Deputy Special Master. CPR Senior Vice President Helena Erickson is CPR Staff Liaison.

On November 12, Mr. Feinberg issued a request on behalf of a major insurer for members of CPR's Panels of Distinguished Neutrals to stand by for mediations once claims are filed. The insurer is seeking neutrals with specific property and casualty mediation experience. CPR provided the insurer with a vetted list of neutrals in the areas they will be most needed. CPR and Mr. Feinberg have done similar work together to facilitate the resolution of claims in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

“I call upon CPR because the rigorous process by which their neutrals are vetted leaves me with no question as to their qualifications,” said Mr. Feinberg. “Within 24 hours of my request, I received a list of neutrals of the highest caliber, and I have the utmost confidence in their abilities.”

The Commission on Facilities for the Resolution of Mass Claims includes distinguished practitioners and experts with experience in resolution of mass claims, including judges, academics and attorneys. Last year, the Commission released the CPR Master Guide to Mass Claims Resolution Facilities.” The book reviews alternative dispute resolution use in mass claims situations—from defective products to disasters--and recommends best practices.

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 more than 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 liaisons, retired judges, highly-experienced neutrals, and leading academics. For more information, please visit

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