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JAMS Neutral Conna A. Weiner and Bennett G. Picker Win CPR Institute’s 2023 Outstanding Book Award

Award recognizes book published by academics and other professionals that advances understanding in the field of ADR

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Irvine, Calif. – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce that JAMS mediator and arbitrator Conna A. Weiner, Esq., FCIArb and mediator Bennett G. Picker have won the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution’s (CPR Institute) 2023 Outstanding Book Award for their book, Commercial Mediation Practice Guide: A Practical Handbook for Lawyers and Their Business Clients, Third Edition, published by the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section. The award was presented on March 7 during the CPR 2024 Annual Meeting.

The Outstanding Book Award is awarded annually to a book published by academics and other professionals that advances understanding in the field of ADR. The CPR Institute’s Annual Awards program honors outstanding scholarship and practical achievement in the field of ADR. CPR is an independent nonprofit organization that works to promote the prevention and resolution of conflict and to better enable the pursuit of purpose.

Ms. Weiner is an exceptionally skilled ADR professional and has a wealth of experience in U.S. and international mediation and arbitration procedures. Her and Mr. Picker’s new book offers invaluable insight into best practices ADR professionals can employ when handling commercial mediations and is a must-read for those in the industry looking to expand their institutional knowledge. We congratulate them on this well-deserved award.

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

Ms. Weiner and Mr. Picker’s new book is the third edition of a guide first published by Mr. Picker to great acclaim in two earlier editions. The third edition is thoroughly updated and provides comprehensive yet practical tips for understanding key suitability, negotiation, preparation and advocacy issues in mediation.

The new edition focuses on commercial mediation and includes extensive new material on special topics, such as best practices for virtual mediations and for business executives involved in mediations, cognitive barriers and negotiation techniques, multiple party, IP, deal mediation, standby mediation, mediations involving insurance representatives and detailed case study examples. Reviewers called it “simply the best resource available and a must-have for all commercial litigators” and shared that it was “a cogent, comprehensive, compact, current and practical guide to everything you need to know about commercial mediation.”

I am so grateful to Ben for entrusting me to partner with him on the new edition. It was delightful discussing and blending our different perspectives and experiences to create this book.

- Conna A. Weiner, Esq., FCIArb

Ms. Weiner brings a wealth of experience in U.S. and international mediation and arbitration practice, as well as a unique combination of litigation, transactional and in-house experience. She has special expertise in the full range of unique, complex legal issues and contractual arrangements prevalent in life sciences, health care and other technology arenas. Ms. Weiner’s full biography can be found here.

More information about the CPR Institute’s annual awards can be found here.

About JAMS – Local Solutions. Global Reach.

Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. JAMS successfully resolves and manages business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways to overcome barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized in-person, virtual and hybrid resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, the latest technology and highly trained mediators and arbitrators.

With a roster of over 400 neutrals and 29 locations, JAMS resolves thousands of the world’s important cases every year. JAMS neutrals are adept at managing the resolution process whether they are conducting in-person, virtual or hybrid hearings.

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