Awards & Rankings

Best Lawyers in America

International Arbitration – Commercial – 2010-2020
International Arbitration – Governmental – 2012-2020

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

Chambers Global
International Arbitration – 2013-2020

Chambers USA
International Arbitration (Nationwide) – 2009-2018
International Arbitration: Arbitrators (Nationwide) – 2018-2020

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 – 2005-2020

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, 2017-2020
Expert Guide:  Commercial Arbitration – 2009, 2011, 2013-2020
Thought Leaders – Arbitration – 2019-2020
Thought Leaders – Litigation – 2019
Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers – 2012-2019

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

Who’s Who Legal
Commercial Arbitration – 2010-2020
Commercial Litigators – 2012-2019


  • 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)