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Dana MacGrath of Sidley Austin LLP and Alberto Ravell of ConocoPhillips to co-chair prestigious dispute resolution leadership group

New York, Jan. 26, 2016 – The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) announced a new Young Attorneys in Alternative Dispute Resolution (Y-ADR) Steering Committee for 2016, increasing the number of members from 12 to 21.

The Y-ADR Steering Committee now also has co-chairs: sitting chair Dana MacGrath, Counsel at Sidley Austin LLP, has been joined by Alberto Ravell, Senior Legal Counsel at ConocoPhillips.

The Y-ADR program promotes the full spectrum of dispute resolution mechanisms with the younger generation of lawyers – those who are 45 years old or younger or those with less than eight years of professional experience in international ADR practice.  Through periodic seminars and other initiatives, Y-ADR participants gain an insider’s look at the role of dispute resolution processes and practices in corporations and multinational organizations.  More importantly, they have an opportunity to network with in-house counsel and experts in the field.           

Y-ADR Steering Committee is the leadership group for Y-ADR.  The Steering Committee is composed of young in-house counsel and practitioners at leading corporations and law firms around the world.  CPR’s Y-ADR Steering Committee members are selected through a competitive process and new members serve for a two-year term.                 

“Quite uniquely among similar groups of this kind, CPR’s Y-ADR Steering Committee group is evenly balanced between in-house and outside counsel,” said Ms.MacGrath.

The new Y-ADR Steering Committee has a mix of new members and continuing members. 

The new members of the Y-ADR Steering Committee who begin a two-year term in January 2016 include:

  • Vanessa David, Legal Counsel, International Carriers and Roaming, Orange S.A. - Paris, France
  • David L. Earnest, Associate, Shearman & Sterling LLP - Washington, D.C.
  • Bridget Lankford, Senior Counsel, Dispute Resolution & Prevention,GlaxoSmithKline – Philadelphia, PA
  • C.J. Mahoney, Partner, Williams & Connolly LLP - Washington, D.C.
  • Viren Mascarenhas, Counsel, King & Spalding LLP - New York, NY
  • Sarah McEachern, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP - Vancouver, Canada
  • Tom Miles, Legal Counsel, Global Litigation – Europe, Middle East, and North Africa, Shell Corporation - London, United Kingdom
  • Patrick Pearsall, Chief of Investment Arbitration, U.S. State Department - Washington, D.C.
  • Luis Peretti, Associate Trench, Rossi e Watanabe - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Juliano Pescuma Rodriguez, Litigation Manager, Latin American and Canada, HP, Inc. - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Lee Rovinescu, Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - New York, USA
  • Karyn Sullivan, General Counsel, Labatt Breweries (Canada), Anheuser-Busch - Toronto, Canada
  • Nicole Urban-Krenn, Legal Counsel, D-A-CH Region, 3M - Vienna, Austria

The new Y-ADR Steering Committee members succeed those who have stepped down after completing a two-year term, who include James Clark of Allen & Overy in Paris; Kiera S. Gans of DLA Piper in New York; Fabiana K. Leschziner of DuPont do Brasil; Rick Richardson of GlaxoSmithKline; and Debra Verstanding of GE Capital.  “We thank these retiring members for their leadership and support of Y-ADR and look forward to their involvement in CPR activities going forward,” said Dana MacGrath.

The members of the Y-ADR Steering Committee who were previously members and will continue to serve for an additional one-year term include: Hagit Elul of Hughes Hubbard in New York; Andy Moody of Baker & McKenzie in London; Charles Rosenberg of White & Case in Washington, D.C.; Brett Stacey of Walgreen Company; and Laura Stipanowich of Smith Currie & Hancock in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Vanessa Alarcon-Duvanel of White & Case in Geneva remains on the Steering Committee as a Special Member for a one-year term.

 “I’m honored to serve as the new co-chair of CPR’s Y-ADR Steering Committee with professionals of such character and high caliber,” said Mr. Ravell.

To access a full listing of current Steering Committee members: Y-ADR Steering Committee and its Members.

The Y-ADR’s next event is “A Mock Procedural Hearing Under CPR Rules for Administered Arbitration of International Disputes” on February 11, 2016 at the New York office of King & Spalding.

For more information about the Y-ADR, please visit:

About CPR:

CPR is an independent nonprofit organization that, for more than 35 years, has helped global businesses prevent and resolve commercial disputes effectively and efficiently. Our membership consists of top corporations and law firms, academic and government institutions, and leading mediators and arbitrators around the world. CPR is unique as: (1) a thought leader, driving a global dispute resolution culture; (2) a developer of cutting-edge tools and resources, powered by the collective innovation of its membership; and (3) an ADR provider offering innovative, practical arbitration rules, mediation and other dispute resolution procedures, and neutrals worldwide. For more information, please visit

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