Grant Hanessian

Independent Arbitrator at Hanessian ADR, LLC


Grant Hanessian is an independent arbitrator in New York specializing in international commercial and investor-state disputes and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, where he teaches international arbitration subjects. Mr. Hanessian has acted as arbitrator in a wide range of commercial and international disputes arising under the laws of many common and civil law countries and public international law. Prior to July 2020, he was a partner at Baker McKenzie, where he practiced for 33 years, and served as global co-head of the firm\"s International Arbitration Practice, head of its International Arbitration Practice in North America and head of its New York office Litigation Department. For more information, please visit


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Recommended for International Arbitration by -- Chambers USA (2010-present) and Chambers Global (2016-present), described as \"a mastermind of this,\" \"people go back to him again and again because of his command of the matters,\" \"exceptionally experienced,\" \"his attention to detail and ability to handle complex procedural issues and complex issues of proof sets him apart,\" \"highly knowledgeable,\" \"can distill complicated concepts down in twenty seconds,\" \"very knowledgeable and strategic in his offering of critical advice,\" an \"elite lawyer,\" very experienced, hugely knowledgeable and effective,\" a \"powerful advocate for clients\". -- International Who\"s Who of Arbitration (2012-present), described \"very well-known and well regarded\", \"superb counsel and arbitrator\", excellent in presenting issues succinctly\", \"incredibly smart counsel\", \"always my first choice in New York\", \"very proficient\". -- Expert Guide to Leading Practitioners in International Arbitration (ranked among \"Best of the Best\" in international commercial arbitration) (2012-present); Legal 500 (2011-2019) described as \"a great practitioner\" with a \"strong commercial profile\", \"wide experience in the field, solid legal knowledge and client-focus approach\". -- Best Lawyers in America (2012-present). -- New York Super Lawyers (2005-present). Smit-Lowenfeld Award for Excellence in Legal Writing - Best Article in the Field of International Arbitration by International Arbitration Club of New York (2018), for \"Songs of Innocence and Experience: Ten Years of Emergency Arbitration,\" The American Review of International Arbitration (2016, Vol. 27 No. 2) (with co-author E. Alexandra Dosman) Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing (2018) for \"The 2015 Indian Model BIT: Is This Change the World Wishes to See?,\" 32 ICSID Review, Issue 1, February 2017 (with co-author Kabir Duggal) Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing (2006) for \"When Worlds Collide: Intellectual Property and Arbitration Rights in Bankruptcy Cases,\" 59 Dispute Resolution Journal 26, August - October 2004 (with co-authors Joseph Samet and Michael Stoker)


-- American Arbitration Association/International Centre for Dispute Resolution, New York, NY; Member, International and Complex Commercial Cases panels; Member, Rules Revision Committee (2010-2015); Member, International Advisory Committee; Member, Latin American Advisory Committee; Member, Advisory Committee on Brazil. -- British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Center, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, Panel member -- Ciesp/Fiesp Chamber of Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, Sao Paulo, Brazil, member List of Arbitrators. -- International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, Washington DC, Panel of Arbitrators. -- International Chamber of Commerce, Paris; U.S. member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration (2018-2021); U.S. alternative member, ICC International Court of Arbitration (2015-2018); Member, ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR; Task Forces on Arbitration Involving States or State Entities (2009-2012); Task Force on Financial Institutions and International Arbitration (leader of Investment Arbitration and Banking & Finance work stream) (2013-2016). -- U.S. Counsel for International Business (US committee for ICC), Arbitration and ADR Committee; Chair (2015-2020); Vice Chair (2013-2014). -- Korea Commercial Arbitration Board, Seoul, Korea, Panel member. -- London Court of International Arbitration, London, Vice president (for United States), North American Users\" Council. -- Panel of Recognized International Market Experts in Finance (P.R.I.M.E.), Member, Drafting Committee, Finance Arbitration Rules. -- Singapore International Arbitration Center, Singapore, Users Council.

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