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Thomas J. Stipanowich

  Thomas J. Stipanowich holds the William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution and is a Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law and Dean of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, which has been ranked first in thirteen of the last fourteen years in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. Before coming to Pepperdine, he was President and CEO of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR Institute), a New York City-based nonprofit think tank that developed new insights and tools for managing and resolving business disputes. Under his leadership the institute co-sponsored the China/U.S. Business Mediation Center with the China Council for Promotion of International Trade and conducted the first European Business Mediation Congress. Prior to leading CPR he was a practicing litigator with a leading firm specializing in construction law and, later, a chaired professor of law. He is the recipient of the D’Alemberte-Raven Award(2008) for outstanding contributions and CPR’s James F. Henry Award (2016), a member of the Academic Counsel of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and the Advisory Board of the ALI’s Restatement of American Law of International Arbitration, and the author of more than fifty books and articles, including the prize-winning five-volume Federal Arbitration Law: Agreements, Awards & Remedies Under the Federal Arbitration Act. His work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and many other courts. He also helps lead the International Task Force on Mixed Mode Dispute Resolution, exploring situations in which there is interplay between arbitration and settlement-oriented facilitation.