Thomas J. Stipanowich, J.D.
Academic Director, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution, and Professor of Law
Office: School of Law (SOL)
Thomas J. Stipanowich is William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution and Professor of Law at Pepperdine University, as well as Academic Director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. The Straus Institute was ranked number one among academic dispute resolution programs each of the last seven years by U.S. News & World Report. He was co-author, with Ian Macneil and Richard Speidel, of the groundbreaking five-volume treatise Federal Arbitration Law: Agreements, Awards & Remedies Under the Federal Arbitration Act, cited by the Supreme Court and many other federal and state courts, which was named Best New Legal Book by the Association of American Publishers. He also co-authored Resolving Disputes: Theory, Law and Practice, a law school course book supplemented by many practical exercises and illustrations on video; the second edition was just published. He is the author of many other much-cited publications on arbitration and dispute resolution, and has twice won the CPR Institute's First Prize for Professional Articles (1987 and 2009)--most recently for "Arbitration: The 'New Litigation.'" In 2008, he was given the D'Alemberte/Raven Award, the ABA Dispute Resolution Section's highest honor, for contributions to the field.
From 2001 to 2006 Stipanowich served as president and CEO of the New York-based International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR Institute), a coalition of leading corporate general counsel, senior attorneys, scholars and judges, and one of the world's leading dispute resolution organizations. Under his leadership the Institute expanded its operations in the EU and China and started a number of other new initiatives here and abroad, significantly increased its annual revenues, moved to new headquarters in midtown Manhattan, and adopted a new name, logo and website. He also created CPR's Corporate Counsel Roundtable and piloted the creation of the first extensive integrated training program on conflict management with a major international law firm. During his tenure he made substantive presentations or training programs at many leading companies (including General Electric, Shell Oil, General Mills, Siemens, Georgia Pacific, FMC Technologies, Exelon and British American Tobacco) and law firms in the U.S. and other countries. He remains on the CPR Board of Directors.
Since coming to Pepperdine and assuming leadership of the Straus Institute, Stipanowich spearheaded the acquisition of the world's leading dispute resolution collection for the Pepperdine law library; established a 60-member Council of Distinguished Advisors for the Institute (with members from all over the U.S. and around the world); helped acquire a grant to establish a new securities investor clinic; and enhance and solidify the Institute's scholarly reputation.
Stipanowich was previously William L. Matthews Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky (1984-2001). He led the CPR Institute's Commission on the Future of Arbitration, producing a book of practice guidelines, Commercial Arbitration at Its Best. He was academic advisor for revisions to the Uniform Arbitration Act and the Uniform Mediation Act, and chief drafter of the Consumer Due Process Protocol governing consumer ADR programs. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and was the first AAA International Visiting Scholar. He helped revise the AAA's Construction Dispute Resolution Rules and served as Public Member and Chair of the Securities Industry Conference on Arbitration (SICA). In 1991, he founded the Mediation Center of Kentucky, a court-connected program still in operation. He is currently an advisor on the ALI Restatement of U.S. Law on International Arbitration and editor-in-chief of the College of Commercial Arbitrators Protocols for Expeditious, Cost Effective Commercial Arbitration.
Professor Stipanowich has extensive experience as a commercial and construction arbitrator, mediator, facilitator and special master, with emphasis on large and complex cases. He has often served on panels for the American Arbitration Association (AAA), JAMS, the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), often as chair. He has trained arbitrators or mediators for the AAA, CPR, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Straus Institute; has facilitated internal and interorganizational problem-solving and consensus-building efforts; and has helped develop corporate programs for avoiding or resolving disputes. He is also on the arbitration panel of the Beijing Arbitration Commission and has played a major role in the development of their new mediation program.
Stipanowich received his bachelor' and master's degrees in architecture (with highest honors, winning the AIA School Medal and the Ryerson European Traveling Fellowship) and a law degree (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif) from the University of Illinois. Upon graduation he joined the nation's leading construction law practice in Atlanta, where he acquired extensive experience with litigation, arbitration and mediation. He received the highest honor (Companionship) of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, is a fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers, and a Founding Fellow of the American College of Commercial Arbitrators. He is an honorary member of the Marie Garibaldi A.D.R. Inn of Court, and an Honorary Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators (IAM), and the American College of Civil Trial Mediators (ACCTM). He was recently selected as one of 500 outstanding lawyers in America in a survey conducted by a new legal magazine, Lawdragon. He has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal, The American Bar Association Journal, Trial, Corporate Legal Times, The China Daily, and many other print and online publications.(Less)