Thomas J. Stipanowich, professor of law, William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution, and academic director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, has been named the newest scholar-in-residence at the London, England, offices of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.
Stipanowich has distinguished credentials as a scholar, practitioner, and leader in the field of commercial arbitration and dispute resolution. As president and CEO of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR Institute) from 2001-2006, he led an international non-profit coalition, including many of the world's leading corporate general counsels, senior attorneys, judges, and scholars spearheading innovation and promoting excellence in public and private dispute resolution.
He also led the institute's efforts to promote mediation in Europe and China, including the creation of the U.S.- China Business Mediation Center. He also coauthored the much cited treatise Federal Arbitration Law, the practice volume Commercial Arbitration at Its Best, and a groundbreaking book and materials entitled Resolving Disputes: Theory, Practice, and Law (2nd ed. 2010).
In 2008 he was awarded the highest honor of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section, the D’Alemberte-Raven Award for contributions to the field of conflict resolution, and recently received the CPR Best Professional Article award (2010) for “Arbitration, The ‘New Litigation’” and “Arbitration and Choice.” Stipanowich is currently editor of the new Protocols to Reduce Cost and Delay in Commercial Arbitration and Advisor on the forthcoming Restatement of International Arbitration. A frequent speaker and trainer, he has conducted training and educational programs on negotiation and conflict management topics to leading law firms, organizations, and corporations.
“Following successful visits from a number of distinguished academics we are delighted to welcome Professor Thomas J. Stipanowich as our newest scholar-in-residence. He will help continue our tradition of building closer relations between leading academics and our practice,” said Gary Born, head of the International Arbitration Group at the Wilmer Hale.
Pepperdine’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution has been ranked the number one program for dispute resolution by U.S. News and World Report for the past six years.