Lawrence S. Schaner


Founder, Schaner Dispute Resolution LLC, Chicago, IL USA; Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.

Education:  J.D., Stanford Law School, 1986; B.A. magna cum laude, Duke University, 1982.
ADR Experience: 

Arbitrator (chair, sole arbitrator, panel member, emergency arbitrator) and counsel in numerous international and domestic arbitration cases involving a wide variety of industries, types of claims, and arbitration rules and institutions. Member of the panels of arbitrators maintained by many institutions including CIDRA, AAA/ICDR, BCICAC, BVI IAC, CPR, HKIAC, KCAB, KIAC, KLRCA, PIAC and SIAC. Recent cases have included matters administered by AAA, CPR, ICC, ICDR, KCAB and LCIA, as well as non-administered cases under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Member, ICC Commission on Arbitration; Member, ICC Task Force on Emergency Arbitrator Proceedings; Chair, Midwest Arbitration Committee of the U.S. Council for International Business (ICC USA); Member, Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration; Member, International Council for Commercial Arbitration. Former Vice-Chair, IBA Arbitration Committee; former Councilor, LCIA North American Users’ Council. Teaches international arbitration as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law (2010-present).

General Experience: 

Over 29 years of experience focusing on the resolution of complex business disputes. International and domestic arbitration and commercial litigation involving complex contract, commercial, tort, intellectual property, antitrust, securities, bankruptcy, tax, employment, and insurance disputes across many industry sectors including aerospace, defense, government contracts, telecommunications, hospitality, construction, manufacturing, technology, and energy, among others. Numerous matters with damages claims exceeding $100 million. Representative engagements have involved claims arising from the sale of vehicles to a foreign government entity, a dispute between an owner and manager of a luxury hotel, the sale of a facility designed to manufacture liquefied natural gas containment systems, insurance coverage for workers’ compensation losses at a shipyard, a major antitrust action in the telecommunications industry, research & development tax credits, a natural gas pipeline dispute, securities fraud claims against a leading computer manufacturer, the recovery of misappropriated funds in connection with a large movie theatre construction program, allegedly defective cellular telecommunications technology, distribution agreement disputes, claims for the theft of trade secrets, supply chain disputes, claims relating to alleged RICO violations, and breach of employee confidentiality and non-compete agreements, claims relating to executive compensation and employment agreements, and claims relating to patent and other intellectual property rights. Significant experience in the aerospace and defense industry, including, for example, matters pertaining to stealth attack aircraft, Stinger and other missiles, commercial space launch vehicles, nuclear submarines, small caliber ammunition, and the sale of an airline.

Prior Work: 

Senior partner and co-chair of the international arbitration practice of Jenner & Block, 1988-2017; Law Clerk to the Honorable Cecil F. Poole, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1986-1987.


Named the “Chicago International Arbitration – Commercial Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America for 2014 and selected as one of the top 30 commercial arbitration attorneys in the U.S. by Legal Media Group Guides in the 2013, 2015 and 2017 biennial editions of Best of the Best United States. Honored as an “ADR Champion” by the National Law Journal in 2016. Repeatedly recognized for his work in the arbitration field by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. Awarded the 2003 President’s Prize by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators for achieving the highest mark on its award writing examination.


Frequent speaker, moderator, chair or co-chair at conferences and events in the U.S. and around the world sponsored by many organizations including, among others, the ICC, AAA/ICDR, LCIA, PLI, CIDRA, IBA, ABA, CPR, USCIB, CILS, IPBA and CBA.


Editor of Dispute Resolution International, Co-Editor of the IBA Arbitration Guide (2012-2017). Author of numerous articles on domestic and international arbitration and cross-border litigation.

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