Meet CPR's New President, Allen Waxman; CEDR Speaks to Outgoing President Noah Hanft (Video); CPR in the News
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June 4, 2019

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CPR is pleased to announce that Allen Waxman has been selected as CPR’s next President & CEO, replacing outgoing President & CEO Noah J. Hanft, effective August 15.

Waxman joins CPR after an extensive career in industry and at law firms. Waxman served as General Counsel at Pfizer, at Eisai Inc—the North American affiliate of the Japanese-based pharmaceutical company, Eisai Co Ltd—where he also led the Market Access business unit, and at Roivant Sciences, a start-up building biotech and healthcare technology companies. Waxman practiced law as a partner at Williams & Connolly, in Washington, D.C., where he tried criminal and civil cases. Later in his career, he joined Kaye Scholer LLP (now Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer) in New York as a partner. He led the firm’s multidisciplinary Life Sciences Group while also developing and executing on resolution strategies for clients.

Waxman has also served on the board of a variety of professional and social justice organizations, including as the Chairman of the Bioethics Committee of the board of BIO, and as Chairman of the Boards of Equal Justice Works, the Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School in Washington, D.C., and Day One in New York City. Waxman currently serves on the board of Rising Ground, a human services organization dedicated to helping children, adults and families in need in the greater New York City area, as well as on the Leadership Council of Convergence, a national not-for-profit dedicated to convening people of divergent views and forming alliances for action on critical national issues. Waxman was an adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and began his career as a law clerk to the late, Honorable Thomas Penfield Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. It was at Pfizer, while he was heading its litigation group, that Waxman first sought out and joined CPR as a member of CPR’s Executive Committee (now the CPR Council).

“I am incredibly excited and honored to be asked to lead this vibrant organization and to continue the tremendous work Noah and the team have done,” said Waxman. “My professional experiences have taught me the imperative of business to avoid the cost and distraction of disputes, if possible, and to manage them effectively should they arise. While litigation may at times be the necessary alternative to resolve a dispute, there are often more targeted and constructive ways to manage legal conflict. CPR - with its community of businesses across an array of industries, practicing lawyers, academics, former judges, arbitrators and meditators - is uniquely positioned to develop the industry-specific tools and resources and to provide the education and services necessary for conflict prevention and resolution. I very much look forward to joining our staff and members in sustaining the excellence of CPR’s offerings and to expanding our reach.” 

“The CPR Board thanks Noah Hanft for his commitment to the organization over the last five years,” said Carlos Hernandez, Chair of CPR’s Board & CEO of Fluor Corporation. “His tenure was marked by substantial growth and recognition of CPR as both a sophisticated thought leader and a highly regarded service provider. We look forward to working with Allen to continue that growth, and feel confident that Allen’s experience as a litigator and business leader gives him the perspective to understand the needs of all CPR stakeholders, and positions him well to lead the organization forward.”

“I am delighted to be passing the baton to a fellow, former general counsel, who I know has the understanding, passion, intellect and experience to further CPR’s mission and take the organization to the next level,” said outgoing CPR President & CEO, Noah Hanft. “In fact, as I will be continuing on as a CPR member, I will be counting on that.”

Position Overview: The Vice-President of Membership and Business Development will have primary responsibility for growing the organizational membership base and for developing new revenue opportunities. The person in this role will work closely with the CEO and Program Leaders to identify prospective members and market other services offered by the organization.   The position reports to the CEO and will work closely with senior staff, and the Board's Membership Committee, providing strategic guidance and direction. LEARN MORE.
While in London recently for CPR's 2019 European Conference, produced in collaboration with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) in the London offices of Swiss Re, Noah sat down for a conversation with CEDR's Principal Consultant and Mediator, Andy Rogers, in which he discussed the development and potential of mediation.

Noting the natural inclination to fight, and the possible initial impulse of in-house counsel to take some things personally -- only to likely end up settling years later -- Noah suggested the time and money that could be saved, disputes possibly even prevented and important business relationships preserved with a more thoughtful approach, involving a neutral, early on in the matter.
Watch the video HERE
This week, Corporate Counsel, and Bloomberg Law's Big Law Business" column all took note of Allen Waxman's upcoming arrival at CPR:
In addition, in the June 2019 Financier Worldwide Magazine, Litigation & Dispute Resolution Roundtable, panelist Timothy Nelson of Skadden referenced the Working Group on Cybersecurity consisting of representatives of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) and the New York City Bar Association.


Upcoming CPR events and trainings


June 4, 2019 - The Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York hosts its annual conference showcasing hot topics and leaders in the field while giving hundreds of professionals an opportunity to convene, network, and learn from one another, at New York Law School. CPR is an organizational sponsor.

June 5, 2019, 12:30 pm via Teleconference
CPR Insurance Committee Meeting. CPR Members only.

NEW: June 17-19, 2019 -
NYSBA Dispute Resolution Section Dispute Resolution Commercial Arbitration Training, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, NY. This three-day program will focus on Best Practices in conducting commercial arbitrations. CPR's Manager, Dispute Resolution Services, Citlalli Grace, will be speaking.

June 24, 2019, 12:30 pm - CPR Arbitration Committee Meeting at Hughes Hubbard & Reed in NY or via dial-in.  This meeting will feature Gabriel Alves da Costa, Managing Counsel Litigation - Latin America & Caribbean, Shell Brasil Petroleo Ltd, as a speaker. CPR Members only.

July 17, 2019, 12:30 pm - CPR Mediation Committee Meeting, at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in NYC (or via dial-in)The meeting will feature discussion on the issue of confidentiality in mediation. CPR Members only.

July 24, 2019, 3:30 pm - Diversity Task Force Diversity in ADR Task Force Meeting at Debevoise & Plimpton in NYC (and via dial-in). Please join members of the CPR Diversity in ADR Task Force in New York for a committee meeting led by Task Force Co-Chairs Hon. Timothy K. Lewis (Ret.) and Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin (Ret.). OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

July 24, 2019, 5 pm - CPR-National Bar Association Diversity Program at Debevoise & Plimpton. BY INVITATION ONLY. 


June 5, 2019 - CEDR Mediator Skills Training - London*

*Through CPR's collaboration with CEDR, CPR members and Distinguished Neutrals can receive a 10% discount on CEDR Mediation Skills and Employment and Workplace Courses. Before registering, contact to receive your discount code.