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CPR Welcomes Jay W. Waks to its Prestigious Board of Directors


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Dana Massarsky

New York, NY, June 18, 2012 – The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), the leading independent resource helping global businesses and their lawyers resolve complex commercial disputes more cost effectively and efficiently, announces a new addition to its elite Board of Directors.

CPR’s newest Board member is Jay W. Waks, Litigation partner of Kaye Scholer LLP, chair of its Alternative Dispute Resolution practice group and immediate past chair of its Employment and Labor Law practice. Mr. Waks has 39 years of experience with Kaye Scholer, representing major U.S., Canadian, Latin American, Asian, Australian and European companies in a broad range of employment and labor relations litigations, negotiations and arbitrations in the U.S. and abroad. He has been recognized as one of America’s top labor and employment lawyers by Chambers, The National Law Journal, and The American Lawyer.
Mr. Waks is principal author of CPR’s pioneering 1995 report (and its revisions) titled Employment ADR Program, on the subject of “The CPR Program to Resolve Employment Disputes Through Mediation and Arbitration,” as well as the “CPR Model Pre-Dispute Procedure to Adjudicate Employment Termination Disputes” and co-authored the CPR Model Procedure for Mediation of Termination and Other Employment Disputes. As a member and later Chair of CPR’s Employment Disputes Committee for more than two decades, Mr. Waks is responsible for CPR’s 2002 report, How Companies Manage Employment Disputes, A Compendium of Leading Corporate Employment Programs, and its 2005 Resource Book for Managing Employment Disputes. He is also a member of CPR’s employment disputes panel. He has been recognized for “Raising the Bar Through Engagement” in CPR’s 2011 Annual Report.

“We are pleased to welcome this new addition to our Board of Directors,” said Kathleen A. Bryan, President and CEO of CPR. “Jay Waks is a staunch supporter 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 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

About CPR:

CPR is the only non-profit membership 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. In 1979, CPR started this legacy by being the first to bring together Corporate Counsel and their firms to find ways to lower the cost of litigation. Since that time, CPR has challenged the way the world solves conflict by being the first to develop an ADR Pledge©. Today, this Pledge obliges over 4,000 operating companies and 1,500 law firms to explore alternative dispute resolution options before pursuing litigation. CPR is once again challenging the way the world solves conflict by introducing the 21st Century Corporate ADR Pledge©. This new Pledge will systemically change the way global business and their leaders resolve complex commercial disputes. 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. CPR accomplishes its mission by harnessing the expertise of these leading legal minds who challenge the way the world solves conflict for generations to come. For more information, please visit