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Thomas J. Stipanowich

Commercial arbitration

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Commercial Arbitration And Settlement: Empirical Insights Into The Roles Arbitrators Play, Thomas Stipanowich, Zachary Ulrich Dec 2013

Commercial Arbitration And Settlement: Empirical Insights Into The Roles Arbitrators Play, Thomas Stipanowich, Zachary Ulrich

Thomas J. Stipanowich

A wide-ranging new Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution Survey of experienced arbitrators, conducted with the cooperation of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, reflects the growing professionalization of commercial arbitration, increasing competition for cases, and many other trends in arbitration practice. It also shows that a grower percentage of arbitrated cases are being settled prior to award or to the start of hearings, and offers a strong rationale for greater emphasis on the role of arbitrators in setting the stage for or facilitating settlement. Early settlement of a dispute can be a uniquely effective way of minimizing cost and cycle time ...


Soft Law In The Organization And General Conduct Of Commercial Arbitration Proceedings, Thomas Stipanowich Dec 2013

Soft Law In The Organization And General Conduct Of Commercial Arbitration Proceedings, Thomas Stipanowich

Thomas J. Stipanowich

This commentary examines the growing use of Soft Law - non-binding guidelines that currently play an important role in organizing and conducting commercial arbitration proceedings. Standards such as the UNCITRAL Notes on Organizing Arbitral Proceedings, the ICC Techniques for Controlling Time and Costs in Arbitration, and the Protocols for Expeditious, Cost-Effective Commercial Arbitration have evolved from professional discourse regarding process management and more particular concerns about cost, delay and inefficiency in arbitration. Collectively, these guidelines reflect a growing recognition that deliberate and proactive effort by business users, counsel, arbitrators and provider institutions is critical to making the most of arbitration and ...


Protocols For Expeditious, Cost‐Effective Commercial Arbitration: Key Action Steps For Business Users, Counsel, Arbitrators & Arbitration Provider Institutions, Thomas J. Stipanowich Dec 2009

Protocols For Expeditious, Cost‐Effective Commercial Arbitration: Key Action Steps For Business Users, Counsel, Arbitrators & Arbitration Provider Institutions, Thomas J. Stipanowich

Thomas J. Stipanowich

Despite meaningful efforts to promote better practices and ensure quality among arbitrators and advocates, criticism of American commercial arbitration is at a crescendo. Much of this criticism stems from the fact that business‐to‐business arbitration has taken on the trappings of litigation—extensive discovery and motion practice, highly contentious advocacy, long cycle time and high cost. While many business users still prefer arbitration to court trial because of other procedural advantages, the great majority of complaints being voiced by arbitration users are the same: commercial arbitration now costs just as much, and takes just as long, as litigation. Clients ...


Of "Procedural Arbitrability": The Effect Of Noncompliance With Contract Claims Procedures, Thomas J. Stipanowich Dec 1988

Of "Procedural Arbitrability": The Effect Of Noncompliance With Contract Claims Procedures, Thomas J. Stipanowich

Thomas J. Stipanowich

This article is part of a symposium entitled “Construction Contract Issues.” In it, Professor Stipanowich surveys contemporary judicial attitudes regarding the effect of noncompliance with procedures for handling construction claims and controversies. It also analyzes the policies advanced in support of deferring questions of "procedural arbitrability" to arbitration and proposes a straightforward rationale for judicial disposition of such issues. Although the discussion emphasizes scenarios involving construction contracts, the principles addressed in this article are applicable to commercial arbitration agreements generally and may be extended by analogy to the labor sphere.


Rethinking American Arbitration, Thomas J. Stipanowich Dec 1986

Rethinking American Arbitration, Thomas J. Stipanowich

Thomas J. Stipanowich

In this 1987 article, Professor Stipanowich extensively analyzes data from an unprecedented broad-based survey on contract-based commercial arbitration in the United States. The study, based on a survey by the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, provides considerable insight into experiences and perceptions of American attorneys regarding arbitration and litigation of construction and engineering disputes. It also summarizes and compares data developed in earlier studies of arbitration practice and procedure and suggests possible new directions for arbitration procedures.