Profile

In his more than 30 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 extensive experience representing clients in U.S. domestic litigation.  He is an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law where he has taught international arbitration since 2010.

Mr. Schaner regularly acts as a presiding arbitrator, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator in international and domestic cases, and he has experience as an emergency arbitrator. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the panels of many of the world’s leading arbitral institutions. 

Mr. Schaner is the editor of Dispute Resolution International, the dispute resolution journal of the International Bar Association; and a co-editor of International Arbitration in the United States (Kluwer Law International 2018).  He serves on the ICC Commission on Arbitration and is head of the ICC’s Midwest Arbitration Committee.  

Mr. Schaner has been ranked continuously for his work in arbitration by Chambers USA, Chambers Global and other leading directories and guides for many years.  He is ranked Band 1 by Chambers USA in its nationwide “International Arbitration: Arbitrators” category.  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.  In 2003, he was awarded the President’s Prize by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators for receiving the highest mark on its Award Writing Examination.

In 2018, Chambers USA commented:”“Lawrence Schaner of Schaner Dispute Resolution LLC is noted for his expertise serving as both counsel and arbitrator in a variety of complex disputes. He draws praise from sources, who describe him as “a very experienced commercial arbitration expert who is a sophisticated and fair person to deal with.”

Chambers USA has also described him as “excellent,” “tremendously knowledgeable,” “highly respected,” “a high-quality lawyer,” “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.” 

Mr. Schaner’s experience includes matters relating to contract, commercial, tort, intellectual property, antitrust, 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.

Mr. Schaner earned his A.B. from Duke University in 1982 and J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1986.  After law school, he clerked for the Hon. Cecil F. Poole, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco. He is a member of the bars of the States of California, Illinois and New York.