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Thomas J. Stipanowich

Class of 2017-18

Thomas J. Stipanowich
Thomas J. Stipanowich

Pepperdine University
American College of Commercial Arbitrators (founding fellow)
D’Alemberte-Raven Award and Lawyer as a Problem Solver Award
American Bar Association

A leading scholar in commercial arbitration and dispute resolution, Thomas J. Stipanowich is among the most highly cited authors in his discipline. He co-wrote the groundbreaking five-volume treatise Federal Arbitration Law: Agreements, Awards, and Remedies Under the Federal Arbitration Act, cited by the US Supreme Court and other federal and state courts and named Best New Legal Book of 1994 by the Association of American Publishers. He also co-wrote Resolving Disputes: Theory, Practiceand Law, a course book for law schools that is now in its third edition.

According to the legal database HeinOnline, his fifty-eight academic articles have been citied 787 times by other scholars and twenty-two times by courts. 

Stipanowich received his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. He has held positions with Smith, Currie & Hancock in Atlanta; the University of Kentucky School of Law; Stites & Harbison; and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (the CPR Institute).

He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation; a fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers; a founding fellow of the American College of Commercial Arbitrators; and an honorary member of the International Academy of Mediators, the American College of Civil Trial Mediators, and the Garibaldi ADR Inn of Court. He received Companionship from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, becoming the fourth person to receive the institute’s highest honor and the first outside the United Kingdom.

Honors include the D’Alemberte-Raven Award and the Lawyer as Problem Solver Award, both from the American Bar Association’s Section on Dispute Resolution; the Practical Achievement Award and the James F. Henry Award, both from the CPR Institute; and the honorific title of Distinguished Law Professor from National Law University, Delhi.

As a Faculty Fellow, Stipanowich will collaborate with faculty and students at the School of Law and the College of Architecture.


Derek McKee – 2017-18