Thomas J. Stipanowich is the 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. The Straus Institute was ranked number one among academic dispute resolution programs in each of the last five years by U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT. He was co-author, with Ian Macneil and Richard Speidel, of the groundbreaking five-volume treatise FEDERAL ARBITRATION LAW: AGREEMENTS, AWARDS & REMEDIES UNDER THE FEDERAL ARBITRATION ACT. It has been cited by the Supreme Court and many other federal and state courts, and was named Best New Legal Book by the Association of American Publishers. He also co-authored RESOLVING DISPUTES: THEORY, LAW AND PRACTICE, a law school course book supplemented with many practical exercises and illustrations on video; the second edition was just published. Professor Stipanowich is the author of many other much-cited publications on arbitration and dispute resolution, and has twice won the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) Institute’s First Prize for Professional Articles (1987 and 2009) – most recently for Arbitration: The “New Litigation.” In 2008, he was given the D’Alemberte/Raven Award, the ABA Dispute Resolution Section’s highest honor, for contributions to the field.
From 2001 to 2006 Stipanowich served as President and CEO of the New York-based CPR Institute, a coalition of leading corporate general counsel, senior attorneys, scholars, judges, and one of the world’s leading dispute resolution organizations. Under his leadership the Institute expanded its operations in the EU and China and started a number of other new initiatives here and abroad, significantly increased its annual revenues, moved to new headquarters in midtown Manhattan, and adopted a new name, logo and website. He also created CPR’s Corporate Counsel Roundtable and piloted the creation of the first extensive integrated training program on conflict management with a major international law firm. During his tenure he made substantive presentations or training programs at many leading companies (including General Electric, Shell Oil, General Mills, Siemens, Georgia Pacific, FMC Technologies, Exelon and British American Tobacco) and law firms in the U.S. and other countries. He remains on the CPR Board of Directors.
Stipanowich was previously the William L. Matthews Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky (1984-2001). He led the CPR Institute’s Commission on the Future of Arbitration, which produced a book of practice guidelines, COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION AT ITS BEST. He was the academic advisor for revisions to the Uniform Arbitration Act and the Uniform Mediation Act, and chief drafter of the Consumer Due Process Protocol governing consumer ADR programs. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and was the first AAA International Visiting Scholar. He helped revise the AAA’s Construction Dispute Resolution Rules and served as Public Member and Chair of the Securities Industry Conference on Arbitration (SICA). In 1991, he founded the Mediation Center of Kentucky, a court-connected program that is still in operation. He is currently an advisor on the ALI Restatement of U.S. Law on International Arbitration and Editor-in-Chief of the COLLEGE OF COMMERCIAL ARBITRATORS PROTOCOLS FOR EXPEDITIOUS, COST EFFECTIVE COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION.