Richard H. McLaren

Professional Experience

McLaren and Innovative Dispute Resolution Ltd. have been in business for over thirty years offering clients arbitration, mediation, facilitation, consulting and investigative services. For over thirty years, McLaren has been involved in labour arbitrations involving both federal and provincial matters.

McLaren has significant experience and expertise in anti-doping including cases involving nandrolone, anabolic agents, identical urine samples, r-EPO, equine growth hormones, blood transfusions, and various illicit substances.
Richard H. McLaren was a consultant to Senator Mitchell’s inquiry into doping problems and relationship to professional baseball (2007). Arbitrator more than 100 cases in anti-doping and sports disputes; 10 cases in international commercial and 25 cases in domestic commercial disputes.

Through the Ad Hoc Panel of the Court of Arbitration of Sport, McLaren has proudly participated in four Olympic Games during which he resolved disputes pertaining to, amongst other things, anti-doping cases, athlete eligibility, and intellectual property rights. Specifically, he acted as Arbitrator for the following summer and winter Olympic Games.

McLaren’s mediation practice evolved as a natural extension to his arbitration experience. Parties to disputes often comment on McLaren’s creativity, ability to encourage discussion and identify areas of commonality and, ultimately, to facilitate the resolution of their dispute.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Former co-chief arbitrator for Sports Dispute Resolution Centre for Canada 2001 – 2006
  • Acted as Chairman, President and sole arbitrator for CAS
  • Arbitrator for: United States anti-doping agency
  • AAA Dubai International Arbitration Centre
  • ICC and Singapore International Arbitration Centre
  • Mediator for: Federation Equestre Internationale Commission
  • Acted as a mediator in both professional and elite sports disputes and international and commercial disputes
  • Arbitrator for International commission for Holocaust era insurance claims (2001-2007)
  • 30 years of Domestic labour and Commercial Arbitration experience.
Professional and Other Activities

  • C. Arb. – Chartered Arbitrator, ADR Institute of Canada
    Barrister & Solicitor, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member Strauss Institute council of distinguished advisors in dispute resolution (Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA)
  • Vice-Chair of Sports Law Institute (Marquette University)
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Arbitrator’s Institute of Canada
  • Publication include: Innovative dispute resolution; The Alternative!; Commercial Arbitration Law
  • Awards: Lionel J. McGowan award for excellence in ADR in Canada (2010)
Academic Qualifications

LL.M., London School of Economics & Political Science, University of London, 1972
LL.B., The University of Western Ontario, 1971
HB.A., Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario, 1968

Dr. Richard Happ

Professional Experience

Dr Richard Happ is partner of Luther, based in the Hamburg office and co-head of the firm’s arbitration practice Group. He has as counsel or arbitrator in cases under the DIS, ICC, SCC, Uncitral, ad hoc and ICSID rules. Among those cases were disputes arising out of international sales contracts, oil and gas joint ventures, service and marketing contracts, commercial production agreements, power plant construction and foreign investments. His practice focuses on national and international arbitration in general and investment arbitration in particular. Dr Happ speaks German and English and has conducted arbitral proceedings in each of these languages. Dr Happ is co-chair of the DIS40, the German Institution of Arbitration’s Young Arbitrators Initiative, and co-founder of the Hamburg Arbitration Circle. He is ranked/listed for arbitration and dispute resolution in Chambers GlobalChambers Europe and Legal500.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Chairman 3 cases (DIS): post M&A, Gas price adaption, 2 x national, 1 x international (US/German)
  • Party-appointed 5 cases (DIS, SCC, HK Hamburg, ZPO ad-hoc): 3x international, 2x national; Sale of Goods, Hydro-carbon Joint Ventures, Gas price adaption, post M&A
  • Counsel in numerous cases under DIS, ICC, SCC, UNCITRAL, ZPO ad-hoc, UK ad-hoc, ICSID arbitration rules. Since 2008 counsel in four ICSID cases
  • Counsel in proceedings regarding the challenge /enforcement of awards and challenge of arbitrators
Professional Qualifications

  • 2013: listed in “Who’s Who Legal: Germany 2013”, category Arbitration
  • 2011-2013: ranked in Chambers Europe in the category „Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Counsel”
  • 2011 & 2012: listed in “The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration”
  • JUVE Guide 2010/2011: frequently recommended lawyer (competitor: “very committed”, “hard working”, “excellent development”) in the category “Dispute Resolution”
  • PLC 2011: listed in the category “Germany – Dispute resolution: arbitration”
  • 2011: listed in “The Legal 500” in the category “Dispute Resolution”
Academic Qualifications

1st State Exam, University of Kiel, 1996
Dr, iur., University of Kiel, 1999
2nd State Exam (=Bar Exam), Hamburg, 2001