Levin College of Law

Joan Stearns Johnsen

Senior Legal Skills Professor

Mailing Address:
Box #117626 Gainesville FL 32611

(352) 273-2739


Joan Stearns Johnsen is a skills professor specializing in areas related to alternative dispute resolution. Professor Johnsen has been mediating and arbitrating large complex commercial cases primarily in the areas of securities, general corporate, and employment law for over twenty years. Professor Johnsen is on the arbitration and mediation panels of the American Arbitration Association , the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution , the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority , The American Health Lawyers Association and mediation panels of The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and for the New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division. Professor Johnsen’s legal experience includes as a trial attorney in the Enforcement Division of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington, D.C., and as Corporate Counsel for Smith Barney and as Associate General Counsel for the Commodity Exchange, Inc. both in New York. Professor Johnsen was also a visiting assistant clinical professor and the director of the securities arbitration clinic at Albany Law School.

Professor Johnsen also is in the leadership of the American Bar Association’s sections of Dispute Resolution and Litigation. She serves as the Dispute Resolution section’s continuing legal education officer and as a member of that section’s executive committee. She is also co-chair of the Mediation Subcommittee of the Section of Litigation’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. She also serves on the New York State Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee, and on the Banking and Financial Services Committee for the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution. She is also a member of the Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution where she sits on the Banking and Financial Services Committee.

Professor Johnsen is Vice Chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute (CIArb) and has been certified by the International Mediation Institute (IMI).


J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law
B.A., French Literature and Language, Northwestern University


Negotiation - LAW 6385
  • Using simulations and role plays, this course explores negotiation skills lawyers employ in both transactional and dispute resolution contexts.
Arbitration Law - LAW 6930
  • This course covers the law governing arbitration from the 1925 enactment of the federal arbitration act through the supreme court's key decision: AT&T Mobility V. Concepcion. It focuses on how courts treat Arbitration, including their enforcement of arbitral awards.