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Thomas J. Stipanowich, J.D.
Academic Director, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution, and Professor of Law

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  • J.D., University of Illinois, 1980, magna cum laude
  • M. Arch, University of Illinois, 1976
  • B.S., University of Illinois, 1974, highest honors

Curriculum Vitae

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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 (ranked number one among academic dispute resolution programs each of the last nine years by U.S. News & World Report), where he teaches courses in negotiation, mediation, arbitration, international arbitration and dispute resolution, contracts and remedies. He is a leading scholar, speaker and trainer on conflict resolution topics as well as an experienced arbitrator and mediator. He is co-author, with Professors 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 U.S. Supreme Court and many other federal and state courts, and named Best New Legal Book by the Association of American Publishers. He also co-authored Resolving Disputes: Theory, Law and Practice (2nd Ed 2010), a law school course book supplemented by many practical exercises. 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 received the D'Alemberte/Raven Award, the highest honor accorded by the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution, for contributions to the field. In the fall of 2010 he was Scholar-in-Residence at the London office of WilmerHale.

Professor Stipanowich is currently an advisor on the ALI Restatement of U.S. Law on International Arbitration and was Editor-in-Chief of the influential College of Commercial Arbitrators Protocols for Expeditious, Cost Effective Commercial Arbitration (2010). The Protocols received the 2010 Practical Achievement Award from the CPR Institute and the 2011 Lawyer as Problem Solver Award from the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution. He was also co-chair of the National Roundtable on Consumer and Employment Dispute Resolution, a facilitated conversation among leading experts that convened at Pepperdine and Penn State Schools of Law.

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Key Awards/Affiliations
  • Lawyer as Problem Solver Award from the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution, 2011
  • Practical Achievement Award, International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, 2010
  • Advisor, ALI Restatement of U.S. Law on International Arbitration

Publications


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  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Presenter, Olivia de Havilland v. Warner Bros. Pictures: Changing the Landscape of Hollywood Contracts, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University (May 7, 2013).
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Presenter, Lincoln's Lessons for Lawyers, Mark and Kathy Travis Dispute Resolution Endowment Inaugural Lecture, University of Tennessee College of Law Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, Knoxville, Tennessee (Apr. 18, 2013).
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Conference Co-chair and Panel Moderator, Gateway Issues in International Arbitration, 10th Annual Conference of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration/American Society of International Law, Washington, D.C. (Apr. 3, 2013).
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, , Moderator and Speaker, Opportunities for Growth with Business Arbitration, Symposium "Business Arbitration: Redefining the Landscape of Efficient Business Practices," Journal of Business & Technology Law and C-DRUM, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland (Nov. 2, 2012).
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Moderator, Symposium: Delaware's "Closed-Door" Arbitration Program, Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Law, Pepperdine School of Law (Oct. 30, 2012).
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, The Third Arbitration Trilogy: Revelation, Reaction and Reflection on the Direction of American Arbitration, SCOTUSblog, Sept. 21, 2011.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, 2011 Lawyer as Problem Solver Award from the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution for THE COLLEGE OF COMMERCIAL ARBITRATORS PROTOCOLS FOR EXPEDITIOUS, COST EFFECTIVE COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION (2010), 2011.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Advisor, ALI Restatement of U.S. Law on International Arbitration, 2011.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Beyond the Debate Over Consumer and Employment Arbitration, L.A. Daily J., Aug. 24, 2011.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Keynote Speaker, Annual Conference on Dispute Resolution, Minnesota Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2011.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Panel on Supreme Court decisions on arbitration in SCOTUSblog, 2011.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Featured Dinner Speaker, Garibaldi New Jersey Inn of Court, Basking Ridge, New Jersey, 2011.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Moderator, "Global Employment Dispute Resolution: Issues and Import" (Plenary Panel), Worlds of Work: Employment Dispute Resolution Systems Across the Globe, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, England, 2011.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Luncheon Speaker, "The Third Arbitration Trilogy and the Future of U.S. Arbitration," Worlds of Work: Employment Dispute Resolution Systems Across the Globe, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, England, 2011.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Co-Organizer/Moderator, National Conference on Teaching ADR in Law Schools, Pepperdine University School of Law, 2011.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Keynote, "If I Had Had More Time I Would Have Written You a Shorter Letter: Efficiency and Cost-Effectiveness in International Dispute Resolution," ABA Section on International Law/LACBA Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, 2011.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Keynote (Dinner Speaker), "Lincoln's Lessons for Chief Litigation Counsel," Chief Litigation Counsel Association, 2011 Spring Meeting, Motorola International Headquarters, Schaumberg, IL, 2011.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Co-chair, National Roundtable on Consumer and Employment Dispute Resolution with Professor Nancy Welsh of Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University, 2011.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Straus Presents "A Conversation with Kenneth Feinberg", 2011.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Speaker, "The Future of Consumer and Employment Arbitration", Symposium, University of Kansas School of Law, 2011.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Keynote Speaker, "The Future of Conflict Management," Symposium on the Future of ADR, University of LaVerne, Ontario, CA, 2011.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Keynote Speaker, "The Future of Conflict Management," Symposium on the Future of ADR, University of LaVerne, Ontario, CA, 2011.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Keynote Speaker, "The Third Arbitration Trilogy: The Struggle to Shape American Arbitration," 5th Annual Fordham Dispute Resolution Symposium, Fordham University School of Law, 2011.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Luncheon Speaker, "Arbitration: The 'New Litigation,'" New York City Bar Association, 2011.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Plenary Moderator and Speaker, "Getting Better All the Time: Advanced Negotiation Strategies," ABA Forum on the Construction Industry / ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Waldorf Astoria, New York, 2011.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, "Building Arbitration Programs: Where, How and Why?" ITA Academic Council Meeting, Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, CA, 2011.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, "Efficiency and Economy in Commercial Arbitration: An American Perspective," WilmerHale, London, England, 2010.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, "Commercial Mediation in Evolution: Western Innovation Meets Chinese Tradition," Lloyd's Old Library, London, England (with Lord Clarke, UK Supreme Court), 2010.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, "Mediation in Evolution: A Tale of Two Cultures," University of Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2010.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, "The Third Arbitration Trilogy and the Struggle to Shape American Arbitration," WilmerHale, London, England, 2010.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, "After the Quiet Revolution: Mediation and Other Conflict Management Trends in the United States," White & Case, London, England (with Lord Woolf, former Lord Chief Justice of England), 2010.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Scholar-in-Residence, WilmerHale, London, 2010.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, 2010 Practical Achievement Award, International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) for THE COLLEGE OF COMMERCIAL ARBITRATORS PROTOCOLS FOR EXPEDITIOUS, COST EFFECTIVE COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION (2010), 2010.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Luncheon Speaker, 5th Annual Arbitrator Training Institute, ABA Section on Dispute Resolution, Washington, D.C., 2010.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Facilitator, National Consumer Dispute Resolution Study Group, ABA Section on Dispute Resolution, Washington, D.C., 2010.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Keynote Speaker and Co-chair, National Summit on the Future of Business-to-Business Arbitration, Washington, D.C., 2009.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, STAR Mediation Program, Woodstock, Vermont, 2009.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Speaker/Plenary Panelist, Qatar Law Forum, Doha, Qatar, 2009.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Speaker/Panelist, Patent Dispute Resolution, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Annual Meeting (and Webinar) San Diego, CA, 2009.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Featured Speaker, "William Mulholland and the Quest for Water," ABA Section of Public Utility, Communications & Transportation Law, Napa, CA, 2009.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Keynote Speaker, "Arbitration and Choice: Taking Charge of the New Litigation," Symposium on Arbitration: The Winds of Change, DePaul University School of Law, Chicago, IL, 2009.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Moderator and Panelist, "Construction Arbitration: International and Domestic Developments," Annual Meeting, American College of Construction Lawyers, Amelia Island, FL, 2009.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Panelist, "The Future of the Dispute Resolution Field," International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, New York, N.Y., 2009.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Panelist: "Construction Arbitration from the Arbitrator's Perspective," International Construction Superconference, San Francisco, CA, 2008.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Speaker, "Arbitration: The New Litigation," in Symposium "Whither Arbitration?" Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, New York, N.Y., 2008.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Speaker, "Trends in International Arbitration, with Emphasis on Asia and the Middle East," State Capitol Group, Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2008.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Panelist, "Hall Street v. Mattel: The FAA's Grounds of Review are Preserved - Or are They?," National Webcast, A.B.A. Section on Dispute Resolution, 2008.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Keynote (Luncheon) Address, American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, D.C., 2008.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Trainer, Forty-hour Mediation Training, Beijing Arbitration Commission, Beijing, China, 2008.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, "William Mulholland and the Quest for Water," Overton A. Currie Lecture, American College of Construction Lawyers, San Antonio, Texas, 2008.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Keynote Speaker and Moderator, Indiana State Bar Association Arbitration Forum, "Does the Process Work?," Indianapolis, Indiana, 2008.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Speaker, First International Arbitration Conference, Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Qatar International Arbitration Center, Doha, Qatar, 2008.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Keynote Speaker, United States Air Force Global Dispute Resolution Conference, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, 2007.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Moderator and Speaker, U.S. and Chinese Perspectives on Mediation, Videoconference with Beijing Arbitration Commission, 2007.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Keynote Speaker, "Arbitration and Choice," Annual Meeting, College of Commercial Arbitrators, New York, New York, 2007.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Speaker, "Mediation and DRBs," Annual Meeting, Dispute Review Board Foundation, San Diego, California, 2007.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Speaker and Moderator, "Emerging Trends in Dispute Resolution," Washington State Bar Association, Seattle, Washington, 2007.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Trainer, "Mediating the Litigated Case," Yuba County Court System, Northern California, 2007.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Moderator and Speaker, "Client Satisfaction in Arbitration," ABA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, 2007.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Speaker, "Opportunities for Growing Mediation Practice," Annual Meeting, American College of Civil Trial Mediators, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2007.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Moderator and Speaker, "Conflict Management in Evolution: Opportunities and Obstacles in Public Procurement," Washington, D.C., 2007.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Speaker, "Mediation and Conflict Management in Evolution: A Perspective from North America," presentation given at the invitation of and sponsored by the Beijing Arbitration Commission, Beijing, China (simulcast in Shanghai and other cities in China), 2007.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Speaker, "Private Dispute Resolution in Construction: Real Time Dispute Resolution," American College of Construction Lawyers Annual Meeting, Laguna Beach, California, 2007.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Speaker, "Quo Vadis? Arbitration Law and the Need for More Suitable Legal Structures in the Rapidly Changing Landscape of Commercial Conflict Resolution" Symposium on the Future of the Federal Arbitration Act, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV, 2007.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Speaker, "Neutral Roles in a Changing ADR Landscape: Med-Arb and Other Emerging Issues Along the Borderline," ABA Dispute Resolution Section Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 2007.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Co-trainer, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Diploma Course in International Commercial Arbitration, Malibu, California, 2007.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Co-trainer, "Mediating the Litigated Case," Solano County Court System, 2007.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Speaker, Med-Arb: A Useful Method of Resolving Disputes?, Southern California Mediation Association, Los Angeles, California, 2006.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Speaker, "Resolution of Construction Disputes," presentation co-sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators South Asia Branch, the Society of Construction Law, & the Mediation Council of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center, Hong Kong, 2006.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Speaker, "Delivering the Future: Technology, Risk and Reward," in Building the Future: Princeton Symposium on Building the Future--Transforming Global Engineering and Construction, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 2006.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Keynote Speaker, California Dispute Resolution Council Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, California, 2006.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Speaker, Chief Litigation Counsel Association, Seattle, Washington, 2006.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Keynote Speaker, Dispute Review Board Foundation, Orlando, Florida, 2006.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Speaker, "Real Time Approaches to Manage Relational Conflict," International Bar Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, 2006.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Organizer and Presenter, NASBA Center for Public Trust/Straus Institute Conference on "The Price of Conflict, The Power of Collaboration: Managing Conflict by Encouraging Conflict Competent Organization," Pepperdine University School of Law, 2006.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Moderator and Speaker,"The Future of Legal Education," CPR Institute Spring Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, 2006.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Speaker, "Avoiding and Resolving Conflict: Unfinished Business for Corporate Counsel," Association of General Counsel Annual Meeting, The Cloisters, Sea Island, Georgia, 2006.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Presenter, "Around the World of International Mediation: Commercial Disputes" ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, Atlanta, Georgia, 2006.
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Presenter, "Mediation Ethics: Telling Lies, Telling Secrets and Other Impolite Conduct," ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, Atlanta, Georgia, 2006.

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