Lawrence S. Schaner

Professional Experience

Lawrence S. Schaner is a partner in Jenner & Block’s Chicago office, co-chair of the firm’s International Arbitration practice and a member of its Litigation Department. He represents parties in complex commercial disputes in courts and before arbitral tribunals. He serves as an arbitrator in international and domestic cases, and is an adjunct professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law, where he teaches international arbitration.

In his more than 28 years of practice, Mr. Schaner has amassed broad experience with complex, challenging, high-stakes business disputes spanning many sectors and industries. His 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. Mr. Schaner is often called upon to provide cross-border legal assistance, such as the enforcement of arbitration awards and obtaining discovery for use in foreign legal proceedings. He also counsels clients regarding the selection of dispute resolution mechanisms, including the drafting of arbitration agreements.

Mr. Schaner has acted on numerous occasions as chair, sole arbitrator and co- arbitrator in international and domestic arbitration cases. He is a member of various panels of arbitrators, including the AAA, CIDRA, CPR, ICDR, HKIAC, KLRCA, PIAC and SIAC. He serves as an arbitrator in cases administered by the ICC, which does not maintain a panel of arbitrators.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Service as counsel and arbitrator in many international and domestic arbitration cases. Recent matters have been under the rules of the AAA, CPR, ICC, ICDR and LCIA. Training includes: Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Fellowship Program, 2003, ICDR International Symposium in Advanced Case Management, 2008; AAA Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New AAA Arbitrators, 2015. Have spoken at and/or attended numerous conferences on arbitration throughout the world.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, received President’s Prize for achieving the highest mark on the Award Writing Examination;
  • The National Law Journal, “ADR Champion,” 2016;
  • Best Lawyers in America, “Chicago International Arbitration – Commercial Lawyer of the Year,” 2014;
  • Euromoney, one of top 30 commercial arbitration lawyers in the U.S., 2015;
  • Recognized for arbitration work by leading directories including Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Legal Media Group Guide and others.
Academic Qualifications

J.D. 1986, Stanford Law School
B.A. 1982, Duke University

Pierre Brossoit

Professional Experience

With over 30 years’ experience, Pierre Brossoit is frequently involved in complex, high-stakes cases.

Business clients also appreciate his rich experience and consult him for strategic advice or to review, interpret and negotiate commercial agreements.

Since 2015, Mr. Brossoit is regularly retained by law firms to act as arbitrator in various private litigation matters. He is accredited as an arbitrator by the Institut de médiation et d’arbitrage du Québec (IMAQ).

In January 2019, he was appointed as one of the 13 Experts authorized to rule on contested claims filed by contractors and sub-contractors pending the completion of construction contracts with the Quebec Government.

Although arbitration and mediation are an important part of his practice, Mr. Brossoit also maintains his litigation practice.

Dispute Resolution Experience and TrainingHis diversified experience allows Mr. Brossoit to respond assuredly and rapidly to a variety of situations:

  • acting, for plaintiff or defendant, in emergency proceedings such as injunctions, applications for safeguard orders and seizures before judgment;
  • filing complex claims in areas such as construction and real estate;
  • representing businesses and institutions in their defence against class actions;
  • preparing and pleading lengthy cases;
  • setting the stage for the negotiation of amicable settlements.

For instance, Mr. Brossoit:

  • provides counsel and judicial representation to passenger transportation companies;
  • assists a major Quebec real estate financing player in setting up and implementing real estate projects;
  • represents plaintiffs and defendants alike, in major and complex claims related to construction;
  • advises contractors and cities on all aspects related to call for tenders;
  • appears on behalf of education institutions in injunctions or claims arising from allegations of discrimination and responsibility towards students.

As an accredited arbitrator, Mr. Brossoit is a member of the Groupe d’arbitrage — Juste décision (GAJD), specializing in alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and arbitration.

He has frequently sat as an arbitrator, especially in cases arising from Quebec’s guarantee plan for new residential buildings. His decisions are available on GAJD’s website, at <www.gajdarbitrage.ca>.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Bar of Quebec: member of the Arbitration committee on advocates’ fee invoices (2015–)
  • Bar of Quebec: member of the Discipline committee (2000–2010)
  • Bar of Montréal: chairman for the election of the bâtonnier and council members (2004–2005)
  • Institut de médiation et d’arbitrage du Québec (IMAQ)
  • Accredited mediator and arbitrator, British Columbia Commercial Arbitration Centre
Academic QualificationsLicentiate of Laws (LL.L.), University of Ottawa, 1986