Phone: (612) 226-3311

309 Meadow Lane South

Minneapolis, MN 55416-3408

Paul Klaas


Arbitrator, mediator

Current Employer:

North Coast Arbitration Chambers

Areas of Expertise:

✔ Arts (Fine, Performing) ✔ Aviation
✔ Commercial/Business ✔ Contract Disputes
✔ Copyrights ✔ Defamation (Libel & Slander)
✔ Entertainment ✔ Health Care
✔ Intellectual Property ✔ International
✔ Media & Communications ✔ Medical Malpractice
✔ Mining ✔ Pharmaceuticals
✔ Technology ✔ Telecommunications
✔ Trademarks ✔ Trade Secrets and Confidentiality Disputes
✔ Transportation


Commercial arbitrator on AAA, ICDR, LCIA, ICC, and other institutional, industry, and ad hoc arbitrations as chair of arbitral tribunal, member of arbitral tribunal, and sole arbitrator (2002 to present)

Work History:

Principal, North Coast Arbitration Chambers, Minneapolis (as to matters within the US)

Arbitrator Member, Maitland Chambers, Lincoln’s Inn, London (as to matters outside the US) [7 Stone Buildings, London WC2A 3SZ, United Kingdom; +44 (0)20 7406 1200; pklaas@maitlandchambers.com]

Partner, Dorsey & Whitney, LLP and Dorsey & Whitney (Europe) LLP, practicing in Minneapolis and London. Served, in various years, as chair of Dorsey's dispute resolution, international, intellectual property, and international arbitration practice groups and as the head of Dorsey’s London office. Lead counsel in hundreds of lawsuits and arbitrations (1977 – 2014)

Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School (teaching international commercial arbitration) (Fall Terms 2013 – 2018)

Adjunct Professor/Senior Lecturer, Dartmouth College (teaching classical and legal rhetoric) (Winter Term 2012, Winter Term 2015)

Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School (teaching international commercial arbitration) (Spring Term 2015)


Representative arbitrations include:

[Belizean financial services firm] v. [Mexican resort and entertainment conglomerate] (International Centre for Dispute Resolution, Houston) (chair of arbitral tribunal deciding claims of breach of contract and fraud arising from debt placement; award issued)

[US distributor of dietary supplements] v. [Canadian manufacturer] (International Centre for Dispute Resolution, New York) (chair of arbitral tribunal deciding breach of contract, unjust enrichment, fraud, and libel claims arising from supply agreement; settled by the parties just before hearing)

[French television service] v. [US satellite company] (International Centre for Dispute Resolution, New York) (chair of arbitral tribunal deciding misrepresentation claims as to satellite transponder; settled by the parties after preliminary hearings)

[US aircraft components manufacturer] v. [UK sub-contractor] (International Centre for Dispute Resolution, New York) (sole arbitrator of dispute arising from subcontract for manufacture of flap and slat equipment; award issued)

[Australian coal mining company] v. [Indian steel manufacturer] (London Court of International Arbitration) (sole arbitrator of $80 million contract claim; award issued

[US producer] v. [Canadian distributor] (ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris/New York) (sole arbitrator of dispute over distribution rights to boar semen; settled by the parties before final hearing)

[Japanese food processing company] v. [US, UK, and German food processing companies] (International Centre for Dispute Resolution, New York) (sole arbitrator of corporate control issues among formerly-related corporations; award issued)

[North American distributor] v. [Australian owner of winery] (International Centre for Dispute Resolution, New York) (member of arbitral tribunal deciding dispute concerning North American distribution rights of fine wines; settled by the parties after the hearing)

[Bahraini company] v. [Bahraini bank] (London Court of International Arbitration) (member of arbitral tribunal deciding fraud claim; settled by the parties after preliminary hearing)

[US religious organization] v. [Australian religious organization] (International Centre for Dispute Resolution, New York) (sole arbitrator of contract and intellectual property dispute; settled by the parties after preliminary hearings and rulings)

[US electric motor manufacturer] v. [Chinese sub-contractor] (International Centre for Dispute Resolution, New York) (member of arbitral tribunal deciding contract and intellectual property dispute; award issued)

[French electronics manufacturer] v. [US airline] (ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris) (lead respondent's counsel for airline pilot training company in dispute with manufacturer of aircraft simulator; favorable award)

[German chemical manufacturer] v. [US chemical manufacturer] (Zurich Chamber of Commerce arbitration) (lead respondent's counsel in trade secrets/licensing dispute concerning chemical coatings for containers; favorably settled)

[US inventor] v. [Israeli manufacturer] (ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris) (lead claimant's counsel in dispute concerning patent and trademark rights to pistol; favorable interim award after first phase of hearings precipitated favorable settlement)


Multiple arbitration training courses and seminars, both as teacher and student


Member of the Minnesota (US) bar

Barrister of England and Wales (Lincoln's Inn)


Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators

Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (Minnesota chapter)

Chambers USA 2018 (“Noted Practitioner” as international arbitrator – one of 33 arbitrators listed in “USA – Nationwide”)

Chambers USA and/or Chambers Global (Top Ranked “Leading Individual” in Commercial Litigation) 2011-2015 (“…a diverse practice and extensive arbitration experience. He is described by clients as truly sensational in terms of strategy, approach, creativity, and instinct… with truly international experience.”)

InterContinental Finance Magazine (named one of the top 500 lawyers in the world in the 2013, 2014, and 2015 "ICFM Leading Lawyers 500")

“Minnesota Superlawyer” in the International, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Business Litigation, and Medical Malpractice categories (various years since 2003) Thomson Reuters

“Medicine and Ethics – 2017 Lawyer of the Year, USA,” Finance Monthly


AAA (Commercial), ICDR (International), AAA/ICDR (Aerospace, Aviation, and National Security), LCIA, ICC, CPR (Global Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, Healthcare and Life Sciences)


Member, Lincoln's Inn (London)

Member, International Council for Commercial Arbitration (Practitioner Group, Academic Group)

Member, International Bar Association (Arbitration, Mediation, and Litigation committees; Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee; Academic Committee)

Member, Editorial Board, Mayo Clinic Proceedings peer-review medical journal


Harvard Law School J.D., 1977, cum laude

Dartmouth College A.B., 1974, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


Author, “The Value of Peach Orchards: Perils of Arbitrator Subject-Matter Expertise,” Zeitschrift für Deutsches und Amerikanisches Recht [ZDAR] (July 2018), pp. 47-51

Author, “International Commercial Arbitration,” College of Commercial Arbitrators (2017), available at https://www.ccaarbitration.org/international-disputes/

Co-author, “International Arbitration Guidelines: Safe Ports for Arbitral Storms II” [interviewing prospective arbitrators, non-participating parties, drafting awards, interest and costs] Arbitration: The International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation, and Dispute Management (August 2017), Vol. 83, No. 3, pp. 318-329 (reprint available upon request)

Co-author, “International Arbitration Guidelines: Safe Ports for Arbitral Storms” [jurisdiction, interim measures, security for costs] Arbitration: The International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation, and Dispute Management (May 2016), Vol. 82, No. 2, pp. 169-182 (reprint available upon request)

Author, “Technical Expertise of Advocates and Arbitrators in International Technology Arbitrations: Benefit or Burden?” in Rovine, A. (ed.) Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation: The Fordham Papers (2013), Chapter 21, pp. 429-444 (reprint available upon request)

Author, "Depositions: An Apologia," (2009) 25 Arbitration International pp. 553-567 (reprint available upon request)

Lead author, “When Patients are Harmed, But Are Not Wronged: Ethics, Law, and History,” Mayo Clinic Proceedings; Volume 89, Issue 9; pp. 1279-1286 (September 2014) (reprint available on request)


Qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice for the District Courts (facilitative mediation)

Director, member of Executive Committee, and chair of Governance Committee of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (Minnesota, USA) (2001-2014); Emeritus Director (2014 to present)

Director Emeritus and member of Governors' Circle of The City of London Sinfonia Orchestra

Annual Pro Bono Award, National Law Journal (leader of 60-lawyer Dorsey team and principal author of report to American Bar Association concerning George W. Bush administration immigration appeals "reforms"; cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Dada v. Mukasey, 128 S. Ct. 2307 (2008))

Community Member, Golden Valley (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA) Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force


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