ACCL Membership Directory

Thomas J. Stipanowich

  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • 24255 Pacific Coast Highway 
  • Malibu, California 90265

Education

  • Undergraduate: BS University of Illinois
  • Graduate: University of Illinois
  • Law School: University of Illinois

Professional Activities

  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Counsel, Stites and Harbison, Louisville & Lexington, KY (since 1991)
  • Smith, Currie & Hancock, Atlanta, (1980-1984)
  • Editor, The Construction Lawyer, (1995-1997)
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association Section on Business Law, Commercial Arbitration Committee, (1988-1990)
  • American Bar Association Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
  • American Bar Association Public Contract Section
  • Governing Board, Kentucky Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association Construction and Public Contracts Section
  • Kentucky Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • International Council for Building Research, Studies & Documentation (CIB), Task Force 12-Dispute Resolution
  • Task Force Member, Commercial Law Projects on Ukraine, 1995

Arbitration/Mediation Activities:

  • Public Member, Securities Industry Conference on Arbitration (SICA)
  • Steering Committee, U.S. Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Task Force (DART), Washington, D.C.
  • Center for Public Resources (CPR) Distinguished Panel of Neutrals (Construction)
  • Chair, Arbitration Subcommittee, Construction Disputes Advisory Committee, Center for Public Resources
  • Distinguished Panel of Neutrals (Construction), 1990-1991
  • Arbitrator Trainer, American Arbitration Association National Task-Force on Construction Rules
  • Construction and Commercial Panels, American Arbitration Association National Task Force on Construction Arbitration Rules
  • Lawyer’s Mediation Service Panel of Mediators
  • Special Master, U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Kentucky, 1991-1993
  • Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Kentucky Bar Association, 1993-1995
  • Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR) National Conference Planning Committee, 1994
  • Director, National Commission on the Future of Arbitration, CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution (1998 – )
  • Chair, Academic Advisory Committee, International Global Research Institute, American Arbitration Association (1999- )
  • Member, Board of Directors, American Arbitration Association (1998- )
  • Academic Reporter, national Consumer Due Process Advisory Task Force, American Arbitration Association (1997-1998)
  • American Bar Association, Chair, Arbitration Committee, Section of Dispute Resolution, (1997 – )

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

  • Author or Co-Author:
  • “Fulfilling the Promise of Commercial Arbitration” (book in progress – final product of CPR Commission on the Future of Arbitration)
  • “ADR and the Consumer” (book for Juris Publishing – in progress)
  • “Behind the Neutral: A Look at Provider Issues,” 3 Currents 1 (Dec. 1998)
  • “A Systematic, Dynamic Approach to Conflict Management,” 2 ADR Report 1 (September 30, 1998)
  • “Protecting Consumers: The Consumer Due Process Protocol,” 5 Dispute Resolution Magazine 11 (Fall, 1998)
  • “Resolving Consumer Disputes: Due Process Protocol Protects Consumer Rights,” 53 Dispute Resolution Journal 8, Aug. 1998 (Lead Article)
  • “Reconstructing Construction Law: Reality and Reform in a Transactional System,” 1998 Wisconsin Law Review. 463 (Lead Article)
  • National Consumer Due Process Advisory Task Force, Protocol for Arbitration and Medication of Consumer Disputes (1998) (Academic Reporter and principal drafter)
  • “The Multi-Door Contract and Other Possibilities,” 13 Ohio State Journal of Dispute Resolution 303 (1998) (Lead Article)
  • “Punitive Damages and the Consumerization of American Arbitration,” 92 Northwestern University Law Review 1 (1997) (Lead Article)
  • “The Growing Debate Over `Consumerized’ Arbitration: Adding Cole to the Fire,” 3 Dispute Resolution Magazine, Summer, 1997, at 20
  • “At the Cutting Edge: Conflict Avoidance and Resolution in the Construction Industry,” in ADR and the Law (1997)
  • “What’s a NCCUSL? The Uniform Law Commissioners Tackle the Uniform Arbitration Act,” 1 ADR Report, June 11, 1997, at 5
  • “NASD Should Reconsider Its Punitives Cap,” 15 Alternatives to the High Cost of Litigation, February, 1997, at 13
  • “Beyond Arbitration: Innovation and evolution in the United States Construction Industry”, Symposium on Business Law, Wake Forest Law Review, Spring 1996 (forthcoming article)
  • “Lex Aedificatoria?: The Past, Present and Future of a Transactional System” (forthcoming article)
  • “Toward a Dynamic, Holistic System for Avoiding and Resolving Contract Disputes” (forthcoming article)
  • “Charting the Course: The 1994 Construction Industry Survey on Dispute Avoidance and Resolution–Part I, 15, Construction Lawyer 5, November 1995 (with Leslie O’Neal)
  • “A Family Guide to Dispute Resolution in the 90’s”, National Institute for Dispute Resolution Forum, Summer 1995
  • “The Quiet Revolution Comes to Kentucky: A Cast Study in Community Mediation”, 81 Kentucky Law Journal 855 Symposium on Emerging Dispute Resolution Systems, 1993 (lead article)
  • “Arbitration as an Alternative to Litigation”, in Commercial Damages: A Guide to Remedies in Business Litigation, 1992
  • “Settling Disputes by Mediation, Mini-Trial and Other Processes–The ABA Forum Survey”, 12 Construction Lawyer 6, April 1992

Speeches, Panel Discussions, and Seminars:

  • Panelist, “Indiers’ Update on the Proposed Revision of the UAA”, Labor Arbitration Day, American Arbitration Association, Cincinnati, OH, December 8, 1998
  • Speaker, “The Multi-Door Contract – ADR’s Alternative to the Multi-Door Courthouse”, The ADR Superconference, Forbes Magazine and the American Corporate Counsel Association, New York, NY, October 8-9, 1998
  • Co-Chair, “Arbitration: Preparing for the 21st Century” Conference, Moderator, Panel on the “Emerging Standards in Arbitration” Plenary Session, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, New York, NY, September 24-25, 1998
  • Speaker, “Commercial Arbitration and Mediation,” American Bar Association, U.S./African Legal Exchange Program, Washington, D.C., June 11, 1998 (spoke to visiting judges from Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi and Zambia)
  • Moderator, Panel on “The Future of Arbitration,” CPR institute for Dispute Resolution, Winter Meeting, New York NY, January 30, 1998
  • Moderator, Panel on Arbitration and the Consumer, SPIDR Conference, Orlando, FL., October 1997.
  • Moderator and Panelist, Roundtable on Reform of Arbitration Statutes, ABA Section of Litigation, Washington, D.C., April 19, 1997
  • Moderator, Panel on “ADR and the Consumer,” CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, Winter Meeting, New York, NY, January 31, 1997
  • Panelist, National Conference on the Future of PunitiveDamages, Institute for Legal Studies, University ofWisconsin – Madison Law School, Madison, WI, October 25, 1996
  • Panel on Race Relations and Difficult Social and Academic Issues in the Pursuit of Engagement and Community (with representatives of South African universities), University of Kentucky, October 3, 1996
  • Moderator, National Panel Discussion on Hot Topics in Court Connected ADR, ABA Section on Dispute Resolution, ABA Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, August 2, 1996
  • Expositor (Presenter), “Round Table on Arbitration and ADR in Public Contracts,” International Conference on Contracts for Public Works, La Camara Argentina de la Construccion and La Universidad Buenos Aires de Empressa, Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 14, 1996
  • “Advanced Course in Mediation for Argentine Public Contracts Attorneys,” La Camara Argentina de la Construccion, Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 6-7, 1996
  • “Beyond Arbitration” Innovation and Evolution in the United States Construction Industry,” Symposium on Business Law — Commercial Arbitration, Wake Forest Law Review, Wake Forest College of Law, Winston-Salem, N.C., March 22, 1966
  • “Advanced ADR Drafting and Practice Techniques for Transactional and Litigation Lawyers”, King & Spalding and house counsel, 1995
  • Panelist, “Hurdling Design-Build’s Legislative and Regulatory Obstacles”, Stanford University/Design Build Institute of American Annual Conference, 1995
  • Panelist, “Arbitration for the Transactional Attorney”, American Bar Association Real Property Section, ABA Annual Meeting, 1995
  • Panelist, National Roundtable Discussion on the Future of Court-Annexed ADR, ABA Section on Dispute Resolutions Symposium on ADR, 1995
  • “What’s Hot and What’s not: Results of the Nationaland International Surveys on ADR in Construction” in”Charting the Course to the Year 2000–Together”, –>–DART International Conference on Dispute Avoidance and Resolution in the Construction Industry, 1994
  • Commenter, Colloquium on Punitive Damages in Arbitration, Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University, 1994
  • “Documenting the Quiet Revolution: A Landmark International Survey on Dispute Resolution”, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, 1994
  • “Recent Developments and Trends in the United States”, Conference on Post-Construction Liability and Insurance, International Council for Building Research, Studies & Documentation (C.I.B.) Stockholm, Sweden, 1993
  • “The Quiet Revolution Continues”, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, 1993
  • “Mediation and Mini-Trial of Construction Disputes”, UMIST International Conference on the Construction Conflict Management& Resolution, Manchester, England, 1992

Community Activities

  • Building Futures Council, Washington, D.C., 1994
  • Pew Higher Education Roundtable, University of Kentucky, 1994
  • Chair, U.K. Senate Advisory Committee on Privilege and Tenure, 1991
  • U.K. Blue Ribbon Speakers Board, 1991
  • Chair and Hearing Officer, University of Kentucky Appeals Board, 1998-1990
  • Center for Dispute Resolution Task Force on Court-Annexed Arbitration and Mediation, 1988
  • U.K. College of Law: Mineral Law Advisory Committee, Admissions Committee, Curriculum Committee, Recruitment Committee, Faculty Appointments Committee, Library Committee, Dean’s Select Committee
  • Patent Committee, University of Kentucky, 1986-1987
  • Board of Directors, Lexington YMCA, 1988-1990
  • Board of Directors, Samaritan Center of Central and Eastern Kentucky, 1986-1988


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