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Thomas J. Stipanowich, J.D. 
William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution, Professor of Law, Academic Director, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution
School of Law

Phone: (310) 506-4655
Location: Malibu Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Commercial arbitration
  • Dispute resolution
  • Negotiation and conflict management
  • Contracts and commercial law
  • Mediation

As former president and CEO of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (the CPR Institute), Thomas Stipanowich led an international nonprofit 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. A frequent speaker and trainer, he has conducted educational and training programs on negotiation and conflict management topics to leading law firms, organizations, and corporations such as General Electric, Shell Oil, and General Mills, to name just a few. He led the CPR Institute's efforts to promote mediation in Europe and China, including the creation of the U.S.- China Business Mediation Center.

Stipanowich is coauthor of a new book and set of teaching materials for law schools on dispute resolution, Resolving Disputes: Theory and Practice for Lawyers. He has coauthored two of the leading books on commercial arbitration law and practice, including Federal Arbitration Law: Agreements, Awards and Remedies, a five volume treatise cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and many other federal and state courts. As the director of the CPR Commission on the Future of Arbitration and the CPR/Hewlett Professor of Law, he edited an extensive set of guidelines, Commercial Arbitration at Its Best: Successful Strategies for Business Users.

His many articles have appeared in the Northwestern, Boston University, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Indiana law reviews, as well as numerous other periodicals. He played an advisory role in national efforts at statutory reform (the Uniform Arbitration Act and Uniform Mediation Act), served as chief drafter of a protocol for consumer ADR programs, and played an important role in the development of the leading construction and securities ADR rules and policies. He has looked very closely at practices surrounding business arbitration and mediation and recently authored a major study on the growth and impact of ADR for the Journal of Empirical Legal Research. Stipanowich received his J.D. from the University of Illinois.

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