Lawrence S Schaner is the founder of Schaner Dispute Resolution LLC. He serves as an arbitrator in international and complex commercial cases, acts as counsel in select arbitration and litigation matters, particularly those involving international issues, and advises clients regarding cross-border and domestic dispute resolution matters. Mr Schaner is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where he teaches international arbitration.
In his more than 30 years of practice, Mr 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, in Chicago. He co-founded and co-chaired the firm's international arbitration practice, serving as counsel in a wide range of significant international disputes. He also spent many years representing clients in US domestic litigation as a member of the firm's renowned litigation department.
Mr Schaner acts as presiding arbitrator, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator, and has experience as an emergency arbitrator. He serves on the panels of arbitrators of many of the world's leading arbitral institutions. His recent experience includes matters under the rules of the AAA, CPR, ICC, ICDR, JAMS, KCAB, LCIA, SCC and UNCITRAL, among others. He was selected as an "ADR Champion" by the National Law Journal in 2016 and "Chicago International Arbitration – Commercial Lawyer of the Year" in 2014 by Best Lawyers in America. 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 a co-editor of International Arbitration in the United States (Wolters Kluwer 2018) and served as the editor of the International Bar Association's journal, Dispute Resolution International from 2012-2018. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration. He has spoken and published extensively on international arbitration and cross-border dispute resolution topics, and is a member of many professional organizations in the United States and worldwide.
Mr Schaner earned his JD from Stanford Law School in 1986 and AB from Duke University in 1982. He is a member of the bars of California, Illinois and New York.