Thomas J. Stipanowich is the William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution, and Professor of Law at Pepperdine University. He also serves as Academic Director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (ranked number one among academic dispute resolution programs each of the last nine years by U.S. News & World Report). In his role as Academic Director, he teaches courses in negotiation, mediation, arbitration, international arbitration and dispute resolution, contracts and remedies. He is a leading scholar, speaker and trainer on conflict resolution topics as well as an experienced arbitrator and mediator. He is co-author, with Professors Ian Macneil and Richard Speidel, of the groundbreaking five-volume treatise Federal Arbitration Law: Agreements, Awards & Remedies under the Federal Arbitration Act, cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and many other federal and state courts, and named Best New Legal Book by the Association of American Publishers.