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Prof. Thomas J. Stipanowich

Distinguished Professor

Prof. 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 is on the Executive Committee of the International Task Force on Mixed Mode Dispute Resolution Processes co-sponsored by the International Mediation Institute, the College of Commercial Arbitrators and the Straus Institute.


From 2001 to 2006 Stipanowich served as President and CEO of the New York-based International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR Institute), a think tank/coalition of leading corporate general counsel, senior attorneys, scholars and judges, and one of the world's leading dispute resolution organizations.


Stipanowich is a sought-after speaker and trainer, and has conducted skills training or educational programs for many leading companies and law firms. Stipanowich is responsible for a series of "Conversations" - in-depth interviews with leading figures on conflict resolution topics. His interviews with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his leading biographer were incorporated in a video entitled: "Desmond Tutu, Peacemaker: A Conversation with Desmond Tutu and John Allen." He is at work on a book entitled, The Lincoln Way: Abraham Lincoln as a Negotiator, Problem Solver and Manager of Conflict, as well as a project on actor-studio conflict in the Golden Age of Hollywood (focusing on James Cagney, Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland at Warner Brothers).

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