Paul Klaas

Arbitrator, North Coast Arbitration Chambers (Minneapolis); Maitland Chambers (London)


  • Dartmouth College, A.B.
  • Harvard Law School, J.D.

Paul Klaas is dual qualified as a member of the Minnesota (US) bar and as a barrister of England and Wales (Lincoln’s Inn). He is a Chartered Arbitrator, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Klaas has served as sole arbitrator, chair of arbitral tribunal, wing arbitrator, or lead counsel in hundreds of lawsuits and international commercial arbitrations in multiple countries and US states involving many industries, particularly health care, life sciences, media and entertainment, computers, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, aviation, aerospace, and natural resources. He was an associate, then a partner at Dorsey & Whitney in its Minneapolis and London offices (1977-2014). Klaas has taught the classical and legal rhetoric course at Dartmouth College, the international commercial arbitration course at the Harvard Law School, and, since 2013, the international commercial arbitration course at the University of Minnesota Law School.

International Commercial Arbitration