Amy Schmitz
Arbitrator Profile

Amy Schmitz

Professor Amy Schmitz joined the University of Missouri School of Law and the Center for Dispute Resolution as the Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor of Law in 2016. Previously she was a Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law for over 16 years. Prior to teaching, Professor Schmitz practiced law with large law firms in Seattle and Minneapolis and served as a law clerk for the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. Professor Schmitz teaches courses in Contracts, Lawyering, Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), AI, Data Analytics and the Law, Arbitration, International Arbitration, and Consumer Law. She has been heavily involved in ODR teaching and research for a long time and is a Fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, as well as the Co-Chair of the ABA Technology Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section and the ODR Task Force. She serves on the Association of American Law Schools Executive Committee on Commercial and Consumer Law, was an External Scientific Fellow of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg, and is a researcher with the ACT Project exploring AI and ODR. Professor Schmitz has published over 50 articles in law journals and books, and a book, The New Handshake: Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Consumer Protection, with Colin Rule.

ADR Experience

TECHNOLOGY DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Expert in blockchain and AI and the Law; working with Cybersecurity and issues at the crossroads of law and technology.

ARBITRATION: Leading expert in arbitration; has taught arbitration for over 20 years, as well as international arbitration; expert in ethical and practical aspects of proper arbitration aimed for the most efficient and fair processes; teaches CLEs in arbitration for various audiences; expert in use of technology and virtual hearings in arbitration as well.

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS: Represented parties in arbitrations focused on government contracts; gained insights and expertise as a state employee in Colorado and Missouri; provided pro bono assistance for courts considering incorporation of online dispute resolution (ODR) and “e-courts”; continuing to gain cutting edge knowledge and expertise with respect to government contracts, especially as governments move processes online.

COMMERCIAL CONTRACTS: Arbitrated commercial, construction and vehicle cases, including serving as the sole arbitrator on several automobile defect cases that went to award, and a commercial contract case that settled after commandeering a beneficial preliminary hearing; served as the appellate arbitrator on complex cases analyzing insurance contract coverage; practiced as an attorney at two large law firms, with a focus on commercial matters, government contracts and other complex contract and commercial law matters; teaches and consults with respect to contract and commercial law, and is considered a leading expert with respect to commercial law — thus serving on the Executive Committee of the American Association of Law Schools Commercial and Consumer Law Section.

PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE: Is a leader with a top rated Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution; is listed with the American Arbitration Association, United States Arbitration & Mediation Services, and De Mars Arbitration; has a reputation for fairness and attention to detail; and represented parties in arbitration and mediation while in private practice as an attorney with two different law firms before becoming a Professor.

Areas Of Practice

  • Boundary Disputes
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Construction (all areas)
  • Contracts
  • Elder
  • Financial Services
  • Franchise
  • Government
  • Insurance
  • International
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Other
  • Real Estate (all areas)
  • School/Education
  • Small Claims
  • Technology
  • Transportation



Fees and Provisos

$375/hour for hearings; $350/hour study and preparation; happy to work with the parties to keep costs down and use virtual hearings — I have long been an expert in online arbitration (OArb).

ADR Training

  • ACE21 Impartiality: Do You Know Where Your Biases Are? 2021; American Arbitration Association, Best Practices for Arbitrators in Expedited/Fast Track Arbitrations, Dec. 2020; AAA, A Practical Guide To The Consumer Arbitration Process, Dec. 2020; Online Dispute Resolution Training for mediators and arbitrators in the wake of Covid-19 (Schmitz as teacher); Online Arbitration Training w/ (Schmitz as one of the teachers); ACE20 Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility, 2020; AAA ACE19 Case Finances: What Arbitrators Need to Know, 2020; Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New AAA Arbitrators, 2019; ADS 01 Arbitration Awards - Safeguarding, Deciding and Writing Awards; CAP-Motors Arbitration Training (via WebEx Online), 2017 and 2019 Refresher Update; Served as a "Coach" for Mediation Training at the University of Missouri Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution; Certified Professional Mediation Training, Boulder, CO, 2009.


  • CPR (Conflict Prevention and Resolution) Professional Article Award (Feb. 2020), Resolving Smart Contract Disputes (with C. Rule); Fulbright Specialist, named to the Roster after Peer Review (Dec. 13, 2019 – Dec. 13, 2022); Selected as a Researcher and Collaborator for Autonomy Through Cyberjustice Technologies (ACT) project, a research partnership that is unique in the field of artificial intelligence and cyberjustice; Shook Hardy Bacon Award for Research (2018); Fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution (since 2018); External Scientific Fellow of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law (2018); Diversity and Excellence Grants (2014-2015; 2018); University of Colorado IMPART (Implementation of Multicultural Perspectives and Approaches in Research and Teaching) Award (2013-2014); Xavier High School Hall of Fame (2012); University of Colorado Institute for Ethical and Civic Engagement (2010 & 2007); Calhoun Award for Outstanding Public Service (2008); 2004 & 2005 University of Colorado Service Learning Grants (Habitat for Humanity & Housing and Human Services); Who’s Who: Selected for various academic and legal lists; University of Minnesota Law School 1995 Most Promising Attorney Award & Top Law Review Article.

Publications & Presentations

  • Sampling of Publications: •Co-author with Colin Rule, The New Handshake: Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Consumer Protection, American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution (2017). •Building Trust in Ecommerce Through Online Dispute Resolution, in Research Handbook on Electronic Commerce Law, 307-336 (2016) •Online Dispute Resolution for Smart Contracts, 2019 J. OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION 203 – 125 (2019) (with C. Rule). •A Blueprint for Online Dispute Resolution System Design, 21 NO. 7 J. Internet L. 3–11 (2018).   Sampling of Speaking Engagements: •Free ODR Training for Community Mediators, May 5 (2020) •Online Dispute Resolution “ODR” and You, ABA Section on Business Law, “In the Know” CLE Program, Online, April 22 (2020) •’Decoding’ Ethical Design and Practice in Resolving Smart Contract and Blockchain-ODR, ABA Spring Conference (2020) -ODR in the ERA of COVID-19: Experts Answer Your Questions, ABA Free Webinar, March (2020) •Smart Contract Dispute Resolution, University of Haifa (via Zoom), April 3, 2019) •Dispute System Design in the Digital Age, Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, CA, Feb. 10 (2020) •ODR Progress and Insights: Court System Design & Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities, National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution Resources, at •Promise and Pitfalls of Technology in Dispute Resolution, AALS (2019) •University of Montreal’s LexUM Chair on Legal Information and its Cyberjustice Laboratory “Tech criticism of Tech products” Lecture Series, Montreal, Canada (2019). •A Primer on Arbitration and Mediation, Missouri League for Nursing, Nursing Home Conference, MO (2018). •Smart Contracts and Blockchain: the Next Wave of ODR, Blockchain ODR, ODR Forum, University of Auckland, New Zealand (2018). •Expert Stakeholder Workshop Measuring Success in Online Courts: An Empirical Challenge, University College London Faculty of Laws, London, England (2018). •Blockchain Primer, University of Missouri (2018) & WebEx (2018). •Commercial and Consumer Law Panel, SEALS Conference (Aug. 2018). •“Research and Publications on New Innovations in ODR,” Access to Justice International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Conference, Paris, France (2017). •Invited Participant, Workshop on Private International Online Dispute Resolution, Stanford Law School and American National Standards Institute, Palo Alto, CA (2017). For a complete listing, see the C.V. posted at:


  • University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., summa cum laude, Order of the Coif; Law Forum President -1995); Drake University (B.A. Political Science/Spanish, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa-1992).

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