Lawrence S. Schaner, Esq.
Lawrence S. Schaner has amassed broad experience with complex, challenging, high stakes business disputes spanning many sectors and industries, in his more than 30 years of practice. 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 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.
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. The amounts in dispute in many of his matters have been well in excess of $100 million and have featured high levels of legal and factual complexity.
Mr. Schaner has published and spoken extensively in the fields of international and domestic arbitration, and is a member of many professional organizations. He 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).
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.