Thomas J. Stipanowich

Emeritus Fellows / Lifetime Achievement
Practicing In: California
Member Since: 1999


Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution
Pepperdine University – School of Law
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263


Professor Stipanowich brings to Pepperdine distinguished credentials as a scholar, practitioner, and leader in the field of commercial arbitration and dispute resolution. As President and CEO of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (the CPR Institute) from 2001-2006, he 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 training and educational programs on ne;tiation and conflict management topics to leading law firms, organizations, and corporations such as General Electric, Shell Oil, General Mills, Siemens, Georgia Pacific, FMC Technologies, Exelon and British American Tobacco. He led the Institute’s efforts to promote mediation in Europe and China, including the creation of the U.S.- China Business Mediation Center. He also created CPR’s Corporate Counsel Roundtable and recently piloted the creation of the first extensive integrated training program on conflict management with a major international law firm. He remains on the Board of CPR.

Education / Training

B.A., highest honors, University of Illinois, 1974
M.A., University of Illinois, 1976
J.D., magna cum laude, University of Illinois, 1980

Types of Cases Mediated