CPR Y-ADR Corporate Counsel Interview #2: GM’s Klingensmith on Career Tips, ADR in the Pandemic, and More

Following up on last week’s debut, CPR’s Y-ADR group’s new Corporate Counsel Interview Series returns this week with another discussion on in-house work and law practice development.

Click above and share the YouTube interview by Y-ADR member Elizabeth Chan, an associate in the London office of Three Crowns, who discusses career advice and conflict resolution with Jason Klingensmith, Assistant General Counsel, at General Motors Co. in Detroit.  Jason co-chairs Y-ADR’s Steering Committee.

Jason follows his GM colleague Brittany Mouzourakis, Counsel-Litigation, who discussed her career path with Elizabeth in the series kickoff last week, available on CPR Speaks here. In the Corporate Counsel Interview Series, in-house attorneys are asked to share their perspectives on dispute resolution mechanisms and their advice for young practitioners.

Jason also discusses ADR. He notes in the interview that GM relies heavily on arbitration in its vendor contracts, which he says is standard U.S. practice, and preferred for international contracts. He says the company has particularly focused on mediation in the pandemic, and “the remote mediation setting very amenable to resolving disputes.”

Watch above, and share the interview on YouTube here.

CPR’s Young Leaders in Alternative Dispute Resolution educates the next generation of leaders on the full spectrum of dispute prevention and resolution mechanisms, and offers unique networking and professional development benefits to participants. Through periodic seminars and other initiatives, participants are introduced to CPR and gain an insider’s view into how CPR’s community of corporate counsel, law firm counsel, and other experts in the field are using dispute prevention and resolution techniques to manage conflict.

Y-ADR is open to the conflict prevention and resolution community–attorneys, professionals, academics and students–45 years old and younger, or those with less than eight years of professional experience in international or domestic ADR practice or other areas of conflict prevention and resolution.

The Y-ADR Steering Committee is the leadership group for Y-ADR. Jason’s co-chair is Ulyana Bardyn, counsel in the New York office of Eversheds Sutherland. The Committee is seeking applications for new members, here, but note that the application period is closing this week.

CPR has posted the Y-ADR Corporate Interview Series on its website audio/video page, here. Follow CPR’s social media at the link (scroll to the bottom) for developments, and connect with Y-ADR’s LinkedIn page here.

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