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ConocoPhillips, General Counsel Gates Receives CPR’s 2007 Corporate Leadership

Honorees Recognized for Leadership and Commitment to the Principles of Conflict Management and Resolution

The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR Institute), announces the recipients of the organization’s 2007 Corporate Leadership Award. This year’s honorees are ConocoPhillips and its Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Stephen F. Gates.

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. Previous honorees include Johnson & Johnson, General Electric, and Ernst & Young.

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 systematic approach to litigation management has resulted in a legal department that has notably increased shareholder value.

ConocoPhillips’ emphasis on ADR principles has helped shape one of the most efficient and effective corporate law departments in the world. In addition, the company has successfully promoted diversity not only in its legal department but also throughout the company.

“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, CEO of CPR Institute. “ConocoPhillips has set a successful benchmark against which all companies legal departments should be measured.”
The 2007 Corporate Leadership Award will be presented at a black tie dinner on Thursday, October 4, 2007, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. The event will draw approximately 500 attendees representing the top corporations, law firms, scholars, and public institutions in the country. The funds raised by the Corporate Leadership Award Dinner support CPR Institute’s educational, research and public policy programs.

About ConocoPhillips
Houston-based ConocoPhillips traces its history back more than 125 years, to the founding of Continental Oil Co., in Ogden, Utah. Continental became Conoco, and now also includes the Phillips 66 and 76 brands. The company produces, refines, and sells petroleum worldwide, and has substantial interests in natural gas, chemicals, and plastic production and distribution. ConocoPhillips operates in more than 40 countries, and has more than 38,000 employees. It reports assets of $164 billion, and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit

About Stephen F. Gates
Steve Gates joined ConocoPhillips in May 2003, from Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw in Chicago. He is an oil industry veteran, having served 23 years at BP and Amoco, which merged in 1998. He was BP’s executive vice president and group chief of staff, after serving as Amoco’s vice president and general counsel. He also served as senior vice president and general counsel of FMC Corp. in 2000 to 2001.

Gates is a CPR Institute board member. He also is an American Bar Foundation fellow, and serves on the board of the Houston Grand Opera, the Institute for Energy Law and the Appleseed Foundation.

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