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Arbitration Advocacy in the Virtual & Hybrid World

5th session is Tuesday, July 19, 2022


Training for Counsel in Arbitration - A Five Session Program

This skills training program will break down the arbitration process from start to finish.  Each of the five sessions will cover one essential stage of the arbitration process and examine how this era of videoconferencing and hybrid proceedings has created new obstacles and opportunities.  Each session will have a different group of panelists, all experts in dispute resolution. The sessions are intended for both new and seasoned practitioners, as the topics covered will include best practices, expert insights and tools to thrive in the virtual/hybrid space.

This program is generously sponsored by Philip Morris International. Registration is required for each session via the registration link. Each session is eligible for 1 New York CLE credit. Join the series at any point; register for and attend as many as your schedule allows.

All sessions will be recorded.

(Session 1: “Selecting the Appropriate Neutral for Your Disputes” took place on April 5, 2022. See description below.)

(Session 2: “How to Prepare for Your Procedural Hearing” took place on April 25, 2022. See description below.)

(Session 3: “When to Consider Mediation" took place on May 19, 2022. See description below.)

(Session 4: "Presenting Your Case in a Virtual/Hybrid Hearing" took place on June 14. See description below.)

Session 5: “What Arbitrators Look for When Deciding the Case”
July 19, 2022 | 12:00-1:00PM Eastern

The final panel of the series brings a diverse slate of arbitrators together to discuss the final stage of the arbitration process: the award.  Discussion will center around what arbitrators look for when deciding the outcome of the case and writing the award, including tips for effective brief writing.

Moderated by:

  • Mia Levi, CPR Dispute Resolution


  • Judge Timothy K. Lewis, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
  • Dana MacGrath, MacGrath Arbitration
  • Cecilia Flores Rueda, Flores Rueda Abogados

Previous Sessions:
Session 1: “Selecting the Appropriate Neutral for Your Disputes” took place on April 5, 2022.
Drawing on a series of case studies, the panel helped to lead the audience in a discussion of potential arbitrator candidates for a mock dispute.  In reviewing potential candidates, the panel and audience reviewed the process of neutral selection, potential pitfalls and traps, as well as considerations in increasing the diversity of neutrals selected to serve.

Moderated by:

  • Peter Halprin, Pasich LLP


  • Laura Cundari, Blakes
  • Alison Pearsall, Veolia
  • Mia Levi, CPR Dispute Resolution

Session 2: “How to Prepare for Your Procedural Hearing” took place on April 25, 2022.

In this session, three speakers – in-house counsel, outside counsel, and an arbitrator –  provided practical advice on how to prepare for a procedural hearing. Some of the issues and perspectives covered included expectations about the procedural hearing, how other participants should behave, Do’s and Don’ts, tools to assist with the procedural hearing, and best practices from each perspective. The speakers also addressed how preliminary hearings have changed since the pandemic started and other changes brought on by the transition to a more virtual / hybrid state of things.

Moderated by:

  • Patrycja Kolwas, COFCO International


  • David Roney, Sidley Austin
  • Stephanie Cohen, Cohen Arbitration
  • Tom Sikora, ExxonMobil Corporation

Session 3: “When to Consider Mediation” took place on May 19, 2022.
Mediation is an essential tool in your dispute resolution toolkit, and it can be used at any stage of the resolution process. This panel of experienced practitioners who are also mediators discussed when to consider mediation and how parties can identify opportunities for settlement. The panel also discussed the practicalities of hosting mediations and settlement discussions via a remote platform.

Moderated by:

  • Rachel Gupta, Gupta Dispute Resolutions


  • Theo Cheng, ADR Office of Theo Cheng
  • Erin Gleason Alvarez, Gleason Alvarez ADR
  • William (Bill) Crosby, SVP, Associate General Counsel, Managing Attorney, and LATAM Regional Coordinator Interpublic Group.

Session 4: “Presenting Your Case in a Virtual/Hybrid Hearing” took place on June 14.

This panel examined the practical aspects of virtual hearings, examining how to accomplish your goals in a virtual and hybrid setting. Panelists will discuss how to present your case at a virtual hearing, including examination of witnesses.  Participants should expect to receive practical tips, tools, and insights into the virtual processes.

Moderated by:

  • Gretta Walters, Chaffetz Lindsey


  • Fritha Wheeler-Ozanne, Fluor Corporation
  • Grant Hanessian, Hanessian ADR
  • Cedric Soule, King & Spalding 


The CPR Institute has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York. CPR is a nonprofit organization. Under financial hardship guidelines, at its discretion, CPR may waive the fee for attorneys who demonstrate that they are not currently employed (not retirees). CPR may also provide a special discounted price to attorneys, full time judges and administrative law judges practicing in the nonprofit and public sectors full time.