Thomas Stipanowich

Pepperdine Univ School of Law, Straus Institute

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Pepperdine Univ School of Law, Straus Institute


Thomas Stipanowich holds the William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution and is Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law, as well as Academic Director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.  Stipanowich came to Pepperdine in 2006 after serving as President and CEO of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR Institute), a Manhattan-based nonprofit think tank, before which he enjoyed a long career as a chaired law professor, attorney, arbitrator and mediator.  A noted scholar and the author of more than fifty books and articles, he co-authored a leading treatise on the Federal Arbitration Act that has  been cited by the Supreme Court and many other courts (and when published was named Best New Legal Book by the Association of American Publishers); he is also co-author of Wolters-Kluwer’s leading law school text and materials on conflict resolution, Resolving Disputes: Theory, Practice & Law (3rd ed. 2016). He received the D’Alemberte-Raven Award, the ABA Dispute Resolution Section’s highest honor, and in 2016 was given the CPR’s James F. Henry Award for “outstanding achievement by individuals for distinguished, sustained contributions to the field of ADR.”  


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