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
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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 in eleven of the last twelve years by U.S. News & World Report), where he teaches courses in negotiation theory and practice, mediation, arbitration practice and advocacy, international commercial arbitration, international dispute resolution, and leadership and conflict. He has also taught contracts, commercial law and remedies. He is a leading scholar, speaker and trainer on conflict resolution topics as well as an experienced arbitrator and mediator.
Professor Stipanowich was 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 United States 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 (3rd ed. 2016), 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 Park Lane (London) office of WilmerHale, which specializes in international commercial arbitration. In the fall of 2014 he was the New Zealand Law Foundation's International Dispute Resolution Visiting Scholar, and in the summer of 2015 was a visiting professor at Heidelberg University's Institute of Private Law. In 2016 he was awarded the CPR Institute's James F. Henry Award for "outstanding achievement by individuals for distinguished, sustained contributions to the field of dispute resolution."
- 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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Thomas J. Stipanowich, Insights on Mediator Practices and Perceptions, DISP. RESOL. MAG., WINTER 2016, at 4 SSRN Alexander Insam, David Huebner, Juergen Briem, Noah Hanft & Thomas J. Stipanowich, Promoting Conflict-Competent Leadership and Holistic Conflict Management, 16 PEPP. DISPUTE RESOL. L.J. 233 (2016) Thomas J. Stipanowich, Beyond 'Getting to Yes': Using Mediator Insights to Facilitate Long-Term Business Relationships, ALTERNATIVES TO HIGH COST LITIG., July/Aug. 2016, at 97 Thomas J. Stipanowich, The International Evolution of Mediation: A Call for Dialogue and Deliberation, 46 VICT. U. WELLINGTON L. REV. 1191 (2015) SSRN Thomas J. Stipanowich and Zachary P. Ulrich, Commercial Arbitration and Settlement: Empirical Insights into the Roles Arbitrators Play, 6 PENN ST. Y.B. ON ARB. & MEDIATION 1 (2014) SSRN Thomas J. Stipanowich, Managing Construction Conflict: Unfinished Revolution, Continuing Evolution, 34 CONSTRUCTION LAW. 13 (2014) (Special "Crystal Ball" Issue) (also in 100 YEARS: CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF ARBITRATORS, SELECTED TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION LIBER AMICORUM SSRN Thomas J. Stipanowich, Reflections on the State and Future of Commercial Arbitration: Challenges, Opportunities, Proposals, 25 COLUM. AM. REV. INT'L ARB. 298 (2014) SSRN Thomas J. Stipanowich & Zachary P. Ulrich, Arbitration in Evolution: Current Practices and Perspectives of Experienced Commercial Arbitrators, 25 AM. REV. INT'L ARB. 395 (2014) SSRN Thomas J. Stipanowich and J. Ryan Lamare, Living with "ADR": Evolving Perceptions and Use of Mediation, Arbitration and Conflict Management in Fortune 1,000 Corporations, 19 HARV. NEGOT. L. REV. 1 (2014) SSRN Thomas J. Stipanowich, In Quest of the Arbitration Trifecta, or Closed Door Litigation?: The Delaware Arbitration Program, 6 PEPP J. BUS. ENTREPRENEURSHIP & L. 102 (2013) SSRN Thomas J. Stipanowich, The Third Arbitration Trilogy: Stolt-Nielsen, Rent-A-Center, Concepcion and the Future of American Arbitration, 22 AM. REV. INT'L ARB. 323 (2012) SSRN Thomas J. Stipanowich, The Arbitration Fairness Index: Using a Public Rating System to Skirt the Legal Logjam and Promote Fairer and More Effective Arbitration of Employment and Consumer Disputes, 60 KAN. L. REV. 985 (2012) SSRN Thomas J. Stipanowich, Revelation and Reaction: The Struggle to Shape American Arbitration, 2011 Y.B. ARB. & MEDIATION (2011) SSRN WorldCat Thomas J. Stipanowich, Expanded Review of Awards: Hall Street and Cable Connection, 2010 ANNUAL REPORT OF THE SECTION OF PUBLIC UTILITY, COMMUNICATIONS, AND TRANSPORTATION LAW (2010) Thomas J. Stipanowich, Is Arbitration the 'New Litigation'? The Choice is Yours, L.A. DAILY J., Jun. 23, 2010 Thomas J. Stipanowich, Lincoln's Lessons for Lawyers, DISP. RESOL. MAG., Winter 2010, at 18 SSRN HeinOnlineThomas J. Stipanowich, Arbitration: The "New Litigation", 2010 U. ILL. L. REV. 1 (2010) SSRN HeinOnlineThomas J. Stipanowich, American Justice at a Crossroads: Remarks of Thomas J. Stipanowich, 11 PEPP. DISP. RESOL. L.J. 169 (2010) SSRN HeinOnlineThomas J. Stipanowich et al., The Future of Commercial Arbitration: The Speeches, 9 PEPP. DISP. RESOL. L.J. 415 (2009) HeinOnlineThomas J. Stipanowich, Arbitration and Choice: Taking Charge of the "New Litigation", 7 DEPAUL BUS. & COM. L.J. 383 (2009) (symposium issue) SSRN HeinOnlineThomas J. Stipanowich, et al, East Meets West: An International Dialogue on Mediation and Med-Arb in the United States and China, 9 PEPP. DISP. RESOL. L.J. 2 (2009) SSRN Thomas J. Stipanowich, The Arbitration Penumbra: Arbitration Law and the Rapidly Changing Landscape of Dispute Resolution, 8 NEV. L.J. 427 (2007) (symposium issue) SSRN HeinOnlineThomas J. Stipanowich, Conflict Management in Evolution: Three Predictions in ACCL Princeton Symposium, Building the Future, J. AMER. C. CONSTR. LAW., Special Edition, May 2007, at 156 Thomas J. Stipanowich, Real Time Strategies for Relationship Conflict, IBA LEGAL PRACTICE DIVISION MEDIATION COMMITTEE NEWSL., July 2007, at 6 SSRN Thomas J. Stipanowich, Mediation Could be Key to Improving U.S.-Chinese Business Relations, L.A. DAILY J., Nov. 28, 2007, at 4 Thomas J. Stipanowich, ADR and 'The Vanishing Trial': What We Know -- and What We Don't, DISP. RESOL. MAG., Summer 2004, at 7 HeinOnlineThomas J. Stipanowich, ADR and the Vanishing Trial: The Growth and Impact of Alternative Dispute Resolution, 1 J. EMPIRICAL LEGAL STUDIES 843 (2004) (symposium issue) SSRN HeinOnlineThomas J. Stipanowich, Howsam, Humana and Bazzle: Recent Cases that may Affect Your Arbitration/ADR Practice, ALTERNATIVES TO HIGH COST LITIG., Mar. 2003, at 51 Thomas J. Stipanowich, Publisher's View on 'The Costs of Arbitration', ALTERNATIVES TO HIGH COST LITIG., May 2002, at 103 Thomas J. Stipanowich, Transition Year Sets Stage for an Expanded Agenda, ALTERNATIVES TO HIGH COST LITIG., Jan. 2002, at 1 Thomas J. Stipanowich, The Learning Curve: Education and the Culture of Conflict Management, ALTERNATIVES TO HIGH COST LITIG., Jan. 2001, at 32 Thomas J. Stipanowich, Contract and Conflict Management, 2001 WIS. L. REV. 831 (2001) (symposium issue) SSRN HeinOnlineThomas J. Stipanowich, Arbitration: Future Lies Down a Number of Divergent Paths, DISP. RESOL. MAG., Spring 2000, at 16 HeinOnlineThomas J. Stipanowich, Behind the Neutral: A Look at Provider Issues, ADR CURRENTS, Dec. 1998, at 1 Thomas J. Stipanowich, A Systematic, Dynamic Approach to Conflict Management, ADR REP., Sept. 30, 1998, at 1 Thomas J. Stipanowich & J. Clark Kelso, Protecting Consumers in Arbitration: Consumer Due Process Protocol Sets Forth 15 Principles for Assuring Consumers a Fundamentally Fari Dispute Resolution Process, DISP. RESOL. MAG., Fall 1998, at 11 HeinOnlineThomas J. Stipanowich, Resolving Consumer Disputes: Due Process Protocol Protects Consumer Rights, DISP. RESOL. J., Aug. 1998, at 8 Thomas J. Stipanowich, Reconstructing Construction Law: Reality and Reform in a Transactional System, 1998 WIS. L. REV. 463 (1998) SSRN HeinOnlineThomas J. Stipanowich, The Multi-Door Contract and Other Possibilities, 13 OHIO ST. J. ON DISP. RESOL. 303 (1998) SSRN HeinOnlineThomas J. Stipanowich, Punitive Damages and the Consumerization of Arbitration, 92 NW. U. L. REV. 1 (1997) SSRN HeinOnlineThomas J. Stipanowich, The Growing Debate Over 'Consumerized' Arbitration: Adding Cole to the Fire, DISP. RESOL. MAG., Summer 1997, at 20 HeinOnlineThomas J. Stipanowich, At the Cutting Edge: Conflict Avoidance and Resolution in the Construction Industry, ADR & THE LAW (1997) Thomas J. Stipanowich, What's a NCCUSL? The Uniform Law Commissioners Tackle the Uniform Arbitration Act, ADR REP., June 11, 1997, at 5 Thomas J. Stipanowich, NASD Should Reconsider Its Punitives Cap, ALTERNATIVES TO HIGH COST LITIG., Feb. 1997, at 13 Thomas J. Stipanowich, Beyond Arbitration: Innovation and Evolution in the United States Construction Industry, 31 WAKE FOREST L. REV. 65 (1996) SSRN HeinOnlineThomas J. Stipanowich, Charting the Course: The 1994 Construction Industry Survey on Dispute Avoidance and Resolution--Part II, CONSTR. LAW., Apr. 1996, at 8 HeinOnlineThomas J. Stipanowich & Leslie King O'Neal, Charting the Course: The 1994 Construction Industry Survey on Dispute Avoidance and Resolution--Part I, CONSTR. LAW., Nov. 1995, at 5 HeinOnlineThomas J. Stipanowich, The Quiet Revolution Continues: Mediation and Other Emerging Approaches to Construction Conflicts, DART Professional Papers Series (1993) Thomas J. Stipanowich, The Quiet Revolution Comes to Kentucky: A Case Study in Community Mediation, 81 KY. L.J. 855 (1993) (symposium issue) SSRN HeinOnlineThomas J. Stipanowich & Douglas A. Henderson, Settling Disputes by Mediation, Mini-Trial and Other Processes--The ABA Forum Survey, CONSTR. LAW., Apr. 1992, at 6; J. BUILDING RES. & INFO. (1993); CONSTRUCTION CONFLICT MANAGEMENT & RESOLUTION (1992); PREVENTING AND RESOLVING CONSTRUCTION DISPUTES (1991) HeinOnlineThomas J. Stipanowich, Of "Procedural Arbitrability": The Effect of Noncompliance With Contract Claims Procedures, 40 S.C. L. REV. 847 (1989) (symposium issue) SSRN HeinOnlineThomas J. Stipanowich, Rethinking American Arbitration, 63 IND. L.J. 425 (1988) SSRN HeinOnlineThomas J. Stipanowich, Arbitration and the Multiparty Dispute: The Search for Workable Solutions, 72 IOWA L. REV. 473 (1987); 6 Y.B. CONSTRUCTION ARTICLES 813 (1987); FUTURE SHOCK: A SURVIVAL GUIDE TO JOBSITE REGULATION AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN THE 90S (ABA 1990) SSRN HeinOnlineThomas J. Stipanowich, Punitive Damages in Arbitration: Garrity v. Lyle Stuart, Inc. Reconsidered, 66 B.U. L. REV. 953 (1986) SSRN HeinOnline