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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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Forthcoming Books

  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, THE LINCOLN WAY: THE EVOLUTION OF A MASTER OF CONFLICT (forthcoming).

  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, REBELS ON THE LOT (Exploring the conflicts between creative artists and studios in Hollywood's golden age) (forthcoming).
  • Forthcoming Articles

  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, The Future of Consumer and Employment Arbitration, (forthcoming)
  • Thomas J. Stipanowich, Olivia de Havilland v. Warner Bros. Pictures: Changing the Landscape of Hollywood Contracts, (forthcoming)

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