Awards & Rankings

Best Lawyers in America
International Arbitration – Commercial – 2010-2024
International Arbitration – Governmental – 2012-2024

Recognized as the Chicago International Arbitration-Commercial Lawyer of the Year – 2014 and 2023

Chambers Global
International Arbitration: Most in Demand Arbitrators Global Market Leaders – 2022-2024
International Arbitration: Arbitrators in USA (Band 1) – 2018-2024
International Arbitration in USA – 2013-2018

Chambers USA
International Arbitration: Arbitrators (Nationwide) (Band 1) – 2018-2024
International Arbitration (Nationwide) – 2009-2018

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Awarded the 2003 President’s Prize (for receiving the highest mark in the Award Writing Examination)

Heartland Alliance / National Immigrant Justice Center
Received Midwest Light of Human Rights Award – 2012

Illinois Super Lawyers
Business Litigation – 2005-2023

Leaders League
International Arbitration (USA) – 2016, 2017

Legal 500
Litigation: Trade Secrets – 2010

Legal Media Group 
Commercial Arbitration – Best of the Best USA 2013, 2015, 2017-2022
Expert Guide: Commercial Arbitration – 2009, 2011, 2013-2023
Thought Leaders – Arbitration – 2019-2023
Thought Leaders – Litigation – 2019-2023
Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers – 2012-2019

The National Law Journal
Recognized as an “ADR Champion” – 2016

Who’s Who Legal
Commercial Arbitration – 2010-2024
Commercial Litigation – 2012-2024


  • “Lawrence is an exceptional arbitrator.” “He comes highly recommended.” “Mr Schaner is a precise and measured arbitrator.”  (Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2024)
  • “Lawrence Schaner is one of the leading names in the market when it comes to complex domestic and international disputes spanning a variety of industry sectors.” (Who’s Who Legal: Litigation 2024)
  • “Lawrence Schaner is hardworking, responsive and thoughtful.”  “[He] is very good at asking important and relevant questions.” (Chambers Global 2023)
  • Lawrence Schaner is a respected arbitrator adept at sitting under a variety of major arbitration rules, including SCC, ICDR, ICC and UNCITRAL.  ‘Lawrence is terrific – he’s careful, thoughtful, collegial, excellent to work with, candid and thorough in discussions.’ ‘He’s at the very top tier of sought-after arbitrators.  He’s an intellectual, his writing is crisp and concise, his analysis is strong and he makes an excellent chair.’  ‘He is really amazing – he’s very meticulous, knows the rules really well and raises insightful thoughts and ideas.'”  (Chambers USA 2022)
  • “Lawrence Schaner … demonstrates his international experience sitting as chair and party-appointed member of the panel across the US and Latin American markets. One commentator highlights that ‘he is extremely smart, very well organised and really knows how to manage a case in a way that addresses the parties’ interests in a full and fair hearing.'” (Chambers Global 2022)
  • Peers and clients say about Lawrence Schaner: “He is a brilliant lawyer and arbitrator.” “He is an insightful and astute commentator.” “Lawrence is incredibly well known in the international arbitration market.” (Who’s Who Legal Arbitration 2022)
  • Interviewees report:  “Lawrence is an excellent writer, has great intellect and is highly respected in the field. He is a frequent choice for both wing and chair assignments because he is so capable.” “He draws from a deep well of experience.” “Lawrence has a commitment to excellence in every respect, and the ability to manage arbitration proceedings earnestly and proactively to afford a fair and efficient process.”  (Chambers & Partners USA 2021)
  • Peers and clients describe Lawrence Schaner as “a great chair and extremely strong arbitrator,” “a truly international lawyer,” “extremely knowledgeable about international arbitration principles and … well respected by the arbitration community,” and “one of the best-established disputes lawyers out there.”  (Who’s Who Legal Arbitration 2021)
  • Lawrence Schaner is a respected arbitrator adept at sitting under a variety of major arbitration rules, including SCC, ICDR, ICC and UNCITRAL. Interviewees highlight that ‘he is very strong in commercial arbitration and financial disputes.’ Another source reports: ‘He brought to the table a wealth of international arbitration experience and knowledge.’” (Chambers & Partners USA 2020)
  • “Lawrence Schaner is a standout arbitration specialist in domestic and international commercial disputes.”  (Who’s Who Legal Arbitration 2020)
  • Lawrence Schaner set up Schaner Dispute Resolution after many years serving as both counsel and arbitrator in international arbitrations. One interviewee remarks: ‘I’m very impressed with the way he handles dynamics with heavyweights in the area – he runs a really tight ship and he’s very good at running the whole administration of the case.’” (Chambers & Partners USA 2019)
  • “’Extremely good arbitrator’ Lawrence Schaner wins widespread plaudits for his depth of experience on complex international disputes.” (Who’s Who Legal Arbitration 2019)
  • “Lawrence Schaner is ‘an extraordinary lawyer’ and ‘one of the best-established litigators’ in the US, according to effusive sources.”  (Who’s Who Legal Litigation 2019)
  • 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 & Partners USA 2018)
  • “Peers characterise him as a ‘high-quality lawyer’ and praise his procedural expertise.”  (Chambers & Partners Global 2018)
  • “The ‘excellent’ Lawrence Schaner is a highly respected arbitration practitioner, particularly in relation to the representation of corporate entities in cross-border disputes.  Interviewees note that he is ‘very creative in coming up with solutions’ while also praising his ‘in-depth knowledge of the international arbitration community.’”  (Chambers & Partners USA 2017)
  • “Lawrence Schaner is praised for the depth of his knowledge in the international arbitration arena.”  (Chambers & Partners USA 2014)
  • “He is ‘highly regarded in the whole network of the international arbitration field.’”  (Chambers & Partners USA 2012)
  • “Lawrence Schaner is ‘top notch.’”  (Who’s Who Legal 2012)
  • “The ‘tremendously knowledgeable’ Schaner is considered one of Chicago’s finest international arbitration experts.” (Chambers & Partners USA 2011)