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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 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."


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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Book Chapters

  • Thomas J. Stipanowich & Marcio Vasconcellos, The Interplay Between Empirical Studies and Commercial Arbitration Practice, in THE EVOLUTION AND FUTURE OF INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION (Stavros Brekoulakis, Julian D.M. Lew & Loukas Mistelis eds., Kluwer Law International 2016) . WorldCat
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Soft Law in the Organization and General Conduct of Commercial Arbitration Proceedings, in SOFT LAW IN INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION ((Lawrence W. Newman & Michael J. Radine eds., Juris 2014) . SSRN WorldCat
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Revelation and Reaction: The Struggle to Shape American Arbitration, in CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION: THE FORDHAM PAPERS (Arthur Ravine ed., Martinus Nijhoff Pub. 2010) . SSRN WorldCat
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Behind the Neutral: The Critical Role of Provider Institutions, in AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION, HANDBOOK ON COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION (Juris 2010) . SSRN WorldCat
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Contract and Conflict Management, in ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN THE EMPLOYMENT ARENA: PROCEEDINGS OF THE NEW YORK UNIVERSITY 53RD ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON LABOR (Samuel Estreicher & David Sherwyn eds., Kluwer Law International 2004) . WorldCat
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Why Businesses Need Mediation, in COMMERCIAL MEDIATION IN EUROPE (Nancy Nelson, et al, International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution 2004) .
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Arbitration as an Alternative to Litigation, in COMMERCIAL DAMAGES: A GUIDE TO REMEDIES IN BUSINESS LITIGATION (Matthew Bender 1992) . WorldCat

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