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CPR Trains First Mediators for U.S.-China Business Mediation Center-Beijing

Understanding cultural differences is key to success

The CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, in partnership with China Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), the most important and largest institution for the promotion of foreign trade in China, conducted training in western mediation techniques for a group of American and Chinese attorneys and businesspeople located in China. The training was held at CCPIT headquarters in Beijing from July 2-4. It is a critical step in the creation of a U.S.-China Business Mediation Center, announced the beginning of 2004, and which will address disputes involving U.S. and Chinese businesses.

Half of the people trained were nominated by CPR and the other half by CCPIT. The purpose of the training is to create a corps of mediators in China to resolve disputes between U.S. and Chinese businesses in a manner in which both American and Chinese businesses are accustomed and will feel comfortable.

“Clearly for this to be successful there is going to have to be some give and take,” said Thomas J. Stipanowich, President and Chief Executive Officer, CPR. “But it is vital for both sides to have confidence in the process in order for trade between the two countries to expand.”

CPR already maintains a global panel of more than 900 of the highest quality neutrals, with specialization in over 60 practice areas and industries. A select group of these American-based mediators has been selected to supplement the China-based panel.

The new panel of neutrals chosen for the U.S.-China Business Mediation Center consists of:

In China

, Law School, University of International Business and Economics
GUO XIAOWEN, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission Shenzhen Sub-commission
TAO JINGZHOU, Coudert Brothers LLP
CHENG DEJUN, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission
CAO XINGUANG, Haiwen & Partners
HUANG HE, Conciliation Center of CCPIT/CCOIC
WU XIAOJI, Junhe Law Office
YAO ZHUANG, China Foreign Affairs University
WANG JUNFENG, King & Wood PRC Lawyers
LU SONG, Tianyuan Law Office
TAO XIUMING, JunZeJun Law Office
XI ZHONGSHENG, National Development and Reform Commission
MU ZILI, Conciliation Center of CCPIT/CCOIC
, Baker & McKenzie
DAVID KREIDER, China Mobile (Hong Kong) Ltd.
JAMES M. BROCK, James M. Brock PE
SHAWN LI, Johnson & Johnson
RON CAI, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
DAVID LIVDAHL, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP
PATRICK M. NORTON, O’Melveny & Myers, LLP
SALLY HARPOLE, Sally Harpole & Co.
DAVID L. SANDBORG, School of Law, Pepperdine Law School
JOHN W. SULLIVAN, Texas Instruments, Inc.
EDWARD L. WILLIAMS, Baker & Daniels
JAMES M. ZIMMERMAN, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP

In North America

, Conrad O’Brien Gellman & Rohn, P.C.
ZELA G. CLAIBORNE, Claiborne Mediation & Arbitration
M. SCOTT DONAHEY, Tomlinson Zisko LLP
ALAIN FRECON, Frecon & Associates
PROFESSOR DWIGHT GOLANN, Suffolk University Law School
STEPHEN B. GOLDBERG, Dispute Resolution Services
DAVID C. HAGER, David C. Hager and Associates
STEWART F. HANCOCK, JR. , Hancock & Estabrook
JOHN R. PHILLIPS, Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP
LAYN R. PHILLIPS, Irell & Manella LLP
BENNETT G. PICKER, Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young
CHARLES R. RAGAN, Pillsbury Winthrop LLP
JEROME J. SHESTACK, Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen LLP
IAN C. SZLAZAK, Resolution House, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
RODERICK M. THOMPSON, Farella, Braun & Martel LLP
JOHN LEO WAGNER, Irell & Manella LLP
STEPHEN P. YOUNGER, Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler

About the CPR Institute For Dispute Resolution

The CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution is a pioneer and leader in the area of dispute resolution. In February 2004, CPR received the highest ratings in alternative dispute resolution performance in a survey of General Counsels and their Deputies by Corporate Legal Times. Most recently, CPR in partnership with The China Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) established the U.S.-China Business Mediation Center in New York and Beijing. Founded in 1979 as the Center for Public Resources, CPR promotes excellence and innovation in public and private dispute resolution, and serves as a primary multinational resource for avoidance, management and resolution of business-related and other disputes. CPR’s wealth of intellectual property and published material has educated and motivated America toward an increased reliance on negotiation rather than litigation. CPR’s proprietary Panel of esteemed arbitrators and mediators has provided resolutions in thousands of cases, with billions of dollars at issue, worldwide.

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