Microsoft's Hossein Nowbar to Deliver Keynote at CPR Annual Meeting

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New York, NY—The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), a global non-profit organization that manages conflict to enable purpose, is pleased to announce that Hossein Nowbar, General Counsel - Corporate Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary at Microsoft, will be the keynote speaker at the 2022 CPR Annual Meeting to be held on March 2 – 4, 2022 in a virtual format.

The theme of this year’s annual meeting is “Innovations, Options and Opportunities: Technology and Dispute Management.” The two-and-a-half-day conference will feature experts in the technology and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) fields, along with globally recognized innovators, who will explore best practices to prevent and manage disputes involving complex technology issues, discuss the implications technology can raise for disputes, and examine the innovative ways in which technology can be used in alternative dispute resolution.

This year’s Steering Committee Co-Chairs are Bruce Byrd, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Palo Alto Networks; and Cindy Randall, Associate General Counsel, Microsoft.

Nowbar joined Microsoft in 1997, and has held a variety of increasingly senior leadership roles within the legal organization there. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was an attorney with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Washington, and a JD from that university's law school.

In his role as General Counsel, he oversees a dedicated team of professionals responsible for Microsoft’s intellectual property, litigation, compliance and ethics and more. In addition, he leads the strategic projects, pro bono, and cloud initiatives team. In his Corporate Secretary capacity, Nowbar leads a team of professionals that oversees corporate governance and is responsible for providing strategic legal counsel to the Company’s business leaders on a broad range of legal and regulatory issues.

As the former lead lawyer responsible for the success of Microsoft’s Cloud+AI platform and open source technologies and as General Counsel-Corporate Legal Affairs, Nowbar is uniquely qualified to discuss issues on technology and dispute management. He and his team have focused on how to use technology to automate processes that do not need human touch, freeing professionals to use their time and skills for innovation and to create efficiencies. Recently, Microsoft’s Modern Legal and Operations teams were awarded the 2021 American Lawyer Industry Award for “Best Use of Technology.”

“I am excited to engage with the thought leaders in the industry on how technology, law and leadership intersect in a fast-moving, complex global landscape,” Nowbar said.

“CPR’s Annual Meeting is a must-attend event for ADR practitioners and business leaders interested in managing disputes and even preventing disputes entirely. The 2021 meeting, which was also virtual, attracted more attendees than ever from 21 countries and 31 states in the U.S.,” said CPR President and CEO Allen Waxman. “This year we are taking a deep, intensive look at a topic that affects all of us, in every business - technology. We are very excited to have a leader working at the intersection of technology and the law, Hossein Nowbar, as the keynote speaker.”

CPR’s Annual Awards will take place during the Annual Meeting. The CPR Institute’s Awards Program honors outstanding scholarship and practical achievement in the field of alternative dispute resolution. The review committee comprises judges and lawyers from leading corporations, top law firms and academic institutions across the U.S.

For more information on the 2022 CPR Annual Meeting, visit the annual meeting website, To learn more about sponsorship opportunities please email Ellen Parker, CPR Senior Vice President, CPR Institute.

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

The CPR Institute drives a global prevention and dispute resolution culture through the thought leadership of its diverse member companies, leading mediators and arbitrators, law firms, individual practitioners, and academics. It convenes Committees to share best practices and develop innovative tools. It connects thought leaders through global, regional and smaller events. It publishes a monthly journal on related topics and advocates for expanding the capacity for dispute prevention and resolution globally through a variety of initiatives.

CPR Dispute Resolution provides leading edge dispute management services – mediation, arbitration, early neutral evaluation, dispute review boards and others -- as well as training and education. It is uniquely positioned to resolve disputes by leveraging the resources generated by the leaders who participate in the CPR Institute. It has deep experience in dispute management, a deep bench on its global Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, and deep expertise across a variety of subject areas.

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