Grant Hanessian is a partner in the New York office of Baker McKenzie, where he serves as chair of the firm's International Arbitration Group in North America. He previously chaired the firm's global arbitration group and the Litigation Department of the firm's New York office from 2003 to 2012. Mr Hanessian has more than 30 years' experience as counsel and arbitrator in disputes concerning investment, energy, construction, commodities, financial services, insurance, intellectual property and other matters.
Mr Hanessian is the US member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris, chairman of the Arbitration Committee of the US Council for International Business (US national committee of the ICC), US vice president of the London Court of International Arbitration's North American Users' Council, and a member of the ICC's Commission on Arbitration and its Task Forces on Arbitration Involving States or State Entities and on Financial Institutions and International Arbitration (leader of Investment Arbitration and Banking & Finance work stream), the American Arbitration Association–International Centre for Dispute Resolution's International Advisory Committee and its Advisory Committee on Brazil, the International Arbitration Club of New York, the Arbitration Committee of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, the New York City Bar Association's Committee on International Commercial Disputes and Club Español del Arbitraje, and is a founding board member of the New York International Arbitration Center.
Mr Hanessian is editor of ICDR Awards and Commentaries, Vol I (Juris Pub. 2012) and Vol II (forthcoming Juris Pub. 2018), International Arbitration Checklists (Juris Pub., 3rd ed., 2016), Gulf War Claims Reporter (ILI/Kluwer, 1998) and Baker McKenzie's International Arbitration Yearbook and International Litigation & Arbitration Newsletter.
He has authored more than 50 articles and book chapters on international dispute resolution topics and spoken at conferences and universities worldwide. He received an LL.M in International Law from Columbia University, a JD from New York University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He is recommended by Chambers Global and USA ("very knowledgeable and strategic in his offering of critical advice," "very experienced, hugely knowledgeable and effective", a "powerful advocate for clients"), Legal 500 ("a great practitioner" with a "strong commercial profile"), PLC Which Lawyer, The International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration and Expert Guide to Leading Practitioners in International Arbitration ("Best of the Best" in international commercial arbitration).