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John S. Kiernan Named Vice Chairman of CPR Institute’s Board of Directors

New York, NY, February 14, 2011 – The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR Institute), a legal think-tank and alliance of global corporations, law firms, scholars, and public institutions dedicated to the principles of conflict prevention and alternative dispute resolution (ADR), announces the election of John S. Kiernan to Vice Chairman of its Board of Directors.  

 “I am honored to be given an opportunity to help lead the CPR Institute as it enters its fourth decade,” said John S. Kiernan.  “Among this organization’s distinguished membership are the leaders who will help bring ADR innovation and dispute resolution to the forefront at this most critical time in our nation’s history.”

Kiernan is a partner at the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton.  He has been Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department since 2002 and Chair of its Ethics Committee since 1994.  

Kiernan’s representations reflect a practice of extraordinary depth and scope, embracing a broad range of commercial and quasi-commercial litigation, arbitration and internal investigations, including contract disputes, suits relating to purchases and sales of businesses, corporate governance disputes, derivative and class actions, international treaty claims, securities actions, patent and other intellectual property disputes, consumer fraud actions, libel and other First Amendment litigations, accountant liability suits and mass tort actions.

Kiernan succeeds the previous CPR Vice Chairman, the Honorable William H. Webster, who was elevated to Chairman of the Board.  

“John and his firm are dedicated supporters of the CPR Institute, its programs and activities.  With this leadership appointment, he is sure to play an integral and prominent role in guiding our mission in the years ahead,” said Kathleen A. Bryan, President and CEO of the CPR Institute.   

Kiernan has been a member of CPR’s Board of Directors since 2007.

The members of the CPR Institute’s Board of Directors have an influential voice and play an integral role in ensuring the long-term sustainability and growth of the organization.  The Chairman of the Board is the Honorable William H. Webster, the former Director of the CIA and FBI, former U.S. Court of Appeals and U.S. District Judge, and retired partner from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP.  

For a full Board of Directors list,  biographies and additional information about CPR, visit  

About CPR Institute
CPR Institute provides thought leadership and innovation as the global resource for conflict management and resolution of complex business-related disputes.  Its wealth of intellectual property and published material has educated and motivated General Counsel and their law firms around the world toward an increased reliance on alternative forms of dispute resolution rather than litigation. CPR Institute’s membership is comprised of general counsel and senior lawyers of Fortune 1,000 organizations, partners in the top law firms around the world, as well as leading judges, government officials, neutrals, and academics.  Its proprietary panel of esteemed arbitrators and mediators has provided resolutions in thousands of cases, with billions of dollars at issue, worldwide. For more information, please visit


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