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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

Office: School of Law (SOL)

  • 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.


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

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