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CPR Launches Dispute Prevention & Solutions Committee

New and vibrant group including transactional lawyers will address prevention and de-escalation of disputes

New York, NY (April 19, 2016) – The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) is pleased to announce the formation of the Transactional Dispute Prevention and Solutions Committee. The new committee, which hosts its inaugural meeting today, will serve as a lively venue and meeting ground for both transactional and dispute resolution lawyers to seek ways to collaborate and increase value for one another by working to avoid conflicts to the fullest extent possible, and then otherwise planning for conflict resolution.

“Transactional lawyers tend to think of ADR as exclusively litigation-related exercises, despite the fact that they hold the pen that determines the ADR provision utilized in contracts,” said Noah Hanft, President & CEO of CPR. “We want to engage the transactional lawyers within companies and demonstrate how ADR can be utilized as part of ‘preventative lawyering.’ Anyone with in house experience knows how challenging many joint ventures, partnering agreements and integrations are to sustain and we believe ADR processes can be an invaluable tool to anticipate and address business disputes early on. Using these tools companies can develop enduring relationships (even with competitors) and manage to turn conflict to commerce.”

The new committee, which comprises both in-house and outside commercial transactional lawyers, will be a vibrant forum for discussion and consideration of best and next practices and a place to learn about the CPR resources available to them, such as guidance on how one might best utilize standing neutrals for joint ventures and other predictably challenging contractual relationships to preempt disputes. The emphasis will be on development and utilization of practical tools to anticipate, address and resolve disputes before they fester and require adjudication.

The committee’s scope will include:

  • Collaboration between commercial and dispute resolution resources in deal-making
  • Preventative lawyering
  • Special problems in planning for dispute resolution in M&A and JV matters, including use of contractual standing neutral arrangements
  • Use of ADR during corporate governance and other internal management disagreements
  • Capture of “lessons learned” from resolved disputes, and feedback to business units therefrom
  • Facilitated deal negotiation
  • CPR’s offering of on-call standing neutrals available to resolve developing disputes during and after contract formation

Click here for more information about this committee, and to access materials (for logged-in CPR members). If you are interested in joining this new CPR Committee, please contact

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