Profile

In his more than 29 years of practice, Lawrence S. Schaner has amassed broad experience with complex, challenging high stakes business disputes spanning many sectors and industries.

Until April 2017, he was a partner at Jenner & Block LLP, which he joined in 1988, following a judicial clerkship after his graduation from Stanford Law School.  Mr. Schaner co-founded and co-chaired the firm’s international arbitration practice, serving as counsel in a wide range of significant international disputes.  He also has represented, throughout his career, clients in major U.S. domestic litigation as a member of the firm’s renowned litigation department.  He has taught international arbitration as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law since 2010.

Mr. Schaner has regularly acted as presiding arbitrator, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator, and has experience as an emergency arbitrator. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is a member of the panels of arbitrators of many of the world’s leading arbitral institutions, including the American Arbitration Association, British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre, CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, International Centre for Dispute Resolution, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration and Singapore International Arbitration Centre, among others. 

Mr. Schaner has been ranked continuously by Chambers USA, Chambers Global and other leading directories and guides for many years.  He was selected as an “ADR Champion” by the National Law Journal in 2016, “Chicago International Arbitration – Commercial Lawyer of the Year” in 2014 by Best Lawyers in America, and one of the top 30 commercial arbitration lawyers in the United States by Euromoney in its 2013, 2015 and 2017 biennial rankings. 

Chambers USA has described him as “excellent,” “tremendously knowledgeable,” “highly respected,” “very creative in coming up with solutions,” and “one of Chicago’s finest international arbitration experts,” and it has praised his “in-depth knowledge of the international arbitration community.”  He was awarded the President’s Prize by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2003 for receiving the highest mark on its Award Writing Examination.

Mr. Schaner is the editor of Dispute Resolution International, the dispute resolution journal of the international Bar Association; a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration; and head of the ICC’s Midwest Arbitration Committee.  He frequently publishes and speaks on international arbitration and other dispute resolution topics, and is a member of many professional organizations.  For further information, please see the sections that follow.

His experience includes matters relating to contract, commercial, tort, intellectual property, antirust, securities, bankruptcy, tax, employment and insurance disputes.  He has dealt with matters in fields ranging from aerospace and defense, government contracts and hospitality to telecommunications, construction, manufacturing, technology and energy.  He has often been called upon to provide cross-border legal assistance with matters such as the enforcement of arbitration awards and obtaining discovery for use in foreign legal proceedings.  He counsels clients regarding the selection and implementation of dispute resolution mechanisms, including the drafting of arbitration and other dispute resolution clauses for significant commercial transactions.