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CPR Announces Matteo is Partner of the Year

New York, NYThe International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), a global non-profit organization that manages conflict to enable purpose, is pleased to announce Connie A. Matteo is Partner of the Year for 2021. Matteo is Assistant General Counsel at Pfizer.

CPR harnesses the insights and experiences of its members to prevent and resolve business disputes through its think tank, the CPR Institute. CPR Dispute Resolution provides alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services – mediation, arbitration, dispute prevention initiatives and more – through innovative and practical rules and procedures and through CPR’s Panel of Distinguished Neutrals.

The CPR Partner of the Year award is given to that member who has made outstanding contributions to the thought leadership of the CPR Institute, who has shown exceptional engagement with CPR’s activities, and who has demonstrated meaningful commitment to CPR’s mission of dispute prevention and resolution. 

Matteo is the Co-Chair of the CPR Institute’s Healthcare and Life Sciences Committee, Co-Chair of the CPR Institute’s Task Force on Mitigating Risk in Life Sciences Transactions, and a frequent contributor at CPR programs.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Connie in a number of capacities over the years.  She is not only a tireless advocate for her clients but an innovator in her efforts to accomplish resolution and avoid disputes, where possible. She has brought that spirit to her work with CPR.  As but one example, Connie has helped shape CPR’s project on drafting model templates for life-sciences licensing transactions by bringing the in-house perspective of optimizing value for the asset and avoiding disruption. In this and other ways, Connie has demonstrated real commitment to developing better ways to prevent and resolve disputes,” said CPR President and CEO Allen Waxman. “We are so fortunate to count Connie as a leader in our community.”

“I am humbled by this recognition. I admire CPR’s objective of preventing and resolving business disputes more effectively and efficiently to enable purpose. The work my colleagues and I do at Pfizer is centered in our purpose of Breakthroughs for patients,” said Connie A. Matteo, Assistant General Counsel, Pfizer. “It is gratifying to work on initiatives that further CPR’s objective and make a difference in the world.”

Matteo is an Assistant General Counsel at Pfizer in its Civil Litigation Group. Prior to joining Pfizer, Ms. Matteo was Senior Corporate Counsel at Wyeth. Ms. Matteo handles a wide variety of litigated matters including complex commercial disputes, mass torts, securities and antitrust matters. Ms. Matteo also counsels internal clients on issues related to risk prevention and mitigation. In addition, Matteo is the co-lead of the Legal Division’s Inclusion Workstream and co-lead of Pfizer’s 1L Summer Scholar Program.

Before going in-house, Matteo was a principal of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman in Morristown, New Jersey and a member of the firm's Litigation Department. Her practice focused on complex product liability, pharmaceutical drug and medical device product liability claims.

Matteo has authored a number of articles related to product liability litigation and regulatory compliance. Ms. Matteo has spoken on topics related to litigation, conflict resolution and diversity and equity. She has also been a guest lecturer at two law schools.

Matteo’s professional affiliations include CPR, the Defense Research Institute (“DRI”), the Product Liability Advisory Council “PLAC”) and the Association of Corporate Counsel.  Matteo is the co-chair of CPR’s Healthcare and Life Science Committee, a member of the Steering Committee of DRI’s Drug and Medical Device Committee and a Board Member of PLAC. Matteo also serves on the Dean’s Board of Advisors for Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

For more information on CPR visit cpradr.org.

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About CPR

Established in 1977, CPR is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes the prevention and resolution of conflict to better enable purpose through the CPR Institute and CPR Dispute Resolution.

The CPR Institute drives and advocates for a global prevention and dispute resolution culture through the thought leadership of its diverse members – companies, leading mediators and arbitrators, law firms, individual practitioners, and academics – who share best practices and develop innovative tools for dispute management through Committees and events.

CPR Dispute Resolution is a boutique provider of leading-edge dispute management services – mediation, arbitration, custom appointing services, a panel of dispute prevention specialists, and more – that leverages resources generated by the CPR Institute. The case administrators are experienced attorneys with a combined 40 years of experience in ADR who speak five languages. The Panel of Distinguished Neutrals is a carefully curated, diverse group of prominent, experienced subject matter experts based in 35 countries. To learn more visit www.cpradr.org.

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