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Paul Klaas

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Paul Klaas is dual-qualified as a barrister of England and Wales and as a member of the Minnesota (US) bar. He has served as arbitrator or advocate in hundreds of international commercial arbitrations and lawsuits over the past 30 years, particularly in the high technology, aviation/aerospace, health care, media, finance, pharmaceutical, chemical and natural resources industries.

After graduating from the Harvard Law School, Paul joined the Dorsey & Whitney law firm in Minneapolis. In 2005, he moved to London as partner-in-charge of Dorsey's international practice and remained a partner of Dorsey & Whitney (Europe) LLP until he left Dorsey and joined Maitland Chambers in 2015.

Paul now restricts his practice to service as arbitrator or mediator of commercial disputes. For matters seated outside of the United States, Paul is an arbitrator member Maitland Chambers, London. For matters seated within the United States, he acts solely as principal of North Coast Arbitration Chambers, Minneapolis, and has no connection with Maitland Chambers.

Although Paul is based in London and Minneapolis, he travels extensively and sits on arbitrations globally.

Since leaving Dorsey, Paul has taught the international commercial arbitration courses at the Harvard Law School and at the University of Minnesota Law School, as well as a course on classical and legal rhetoric at Dartmouth College. He is a frequent guest lecturer at other law schools and universities, as well as business schools and continuing legal and medical education seminars around the world.


Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Fellow and Member of Board of Directors, College of Commercial Arbitrators
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Global Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution
London Court of International Arbitration (European Council)
International Panel, International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association
International Bar Association (Arbitration, Mediation, and Litigation committees; Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee; Academic Committee)
Section Editor and Editorial Board, Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Publications & Articles

“International Arbitration Guidelines: Safe Ports for Arbitral Storms III” [experts; arbitration management] Arbitration: The International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation, and Dispute Management (November 2018), Vol. 84, No. 4, pp. 326-334 (reprint available upon request)

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

“International Commercial Arbitration,” College of Commercial Arbitrators (2017), available here.

“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)

“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)

“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)

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

“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 upon request)


A.B., Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH, USA)
J.D., Harvard Law School (Cambridge, MA, USA)

Paul’s full CV is available at his website which can be viewed here.