Joan Stearns Johnsen

Arbitration, Mediation, Training and Dispute Prevention

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Joan Stearns Johnsen, FCIArb, IMI Certified, CEDR Accredited


Joan brings judgment, skill, and pragmatism to her practice—the result of decades of experience in all facets of dispute resolution. She is well known for thorough preparation and expert technique.

Joan is a former Associate General Counsel for the Commodity Exchange, Inc. (“COMEX”) and litigator for Smith Barney, both in New York, and a former litigator for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington, D.C. Joan also has several years of experience in theatre as a partner in Zipple & Stearns.

A recognized leader in the field, Joan is the Immediate Past Chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, a member of the Council of the Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution “(CPR”), Vice Chair of the Mediation Committee of the International Bar Association (“IBA”), and an Academic Board Member of the Miami International Arbitration Society (“MIAS”).

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August 29, 2020 in News & Updates, Speaking Engagements

Enhancing Women’s Skills in Dispute Resolution

Groundbreaking Women in Construction August 25, 2020 Dispute avoidance and early dispute resolution are important legal strategies for which attorneys need well developed skills. This panel will enhance lawyers’ existing…
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August 29, 2020 in News & Updates, Speaking Engagements

“Schein”-ing a Light on Circuit Splits — Non-Signatories, Delegation, and the Coming Battle Over Arbitration Discovery Under 28 U.S.C. § 1782

A Houston, Miami, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Chapter Webinar Collaboration September 15, 20201:00 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT Circuit court splits have caught the Supreme Court’s attention over the past year,…
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