Beth Trent is an attorney and compliance expert with Axiom Law and a frequent speaker and writer on design and implementation of dispute resolution systems, including early issue identification, process analysis, and process design and management. As Senior Vice President, Public Policy, Programs, and Resources at the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), she was responsible for identifying and analyzing emerging issues impacting dispute resolution across all major industry sectors in the United States and abroad, and developed training programs and tools to enable CPR members (Fortune 500 companies and global law firms) to improve their international dispute resolution capability. Beth has served a member of the United States Delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and as a member of the United States Delegation to UNCITRAL Working Group III, which developed the Technical Notes on Online Dispute Resolution, the first international guidance for implementation of online dispute resolution systems. In addition, Beth serves on the Council of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, is a founding member of the New York ADR Inclusion Network, and frequently writes and speaks on enhancing diversity within the profession.
Beth spent the first 11 years of her career as a litigator at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where her work was largely focused on complex multijurisdictional matters. Following Cravath, she was litigation counsel at both GE Capital and Schering-Plough (now Merck), where she pioneered early case assessment and ran complex litigation. In her roles at both companies, Beth helped to develop and implement processes for early resolution of disputes and led teams that used ADR strategies to resolve complex disputes with federal and state entities, including DOJ, FTC and the Attorney’s General of all U.S. states and territories. Beth was also a Director in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Corporate Governance and Compliance Risk Management practice. She has a JD from the University of Virginia and a BA from Oberlin College.