Laurence is an international arbitration specialist and a partner in the firm's New York City office. He has extensive experience representing clients in major arbitral seats, such as Geneva, Paris, London, Singapore, Cairo, and New York City. He also frequently sits as an arbitrator in ICC and ICDR cases. He is a member of the ICC Commission's United States delegation, and the LCIA's North America council. From September 2012 to May 2014 he was the Chair of the New York City Bar's International Law Committee.
Laurence has been the lead advocate in a large number of international arbitration cases under, for example, the ICC, ICDR, UNCITRAL, LCIA, Cairo Regional Centre, Society of Maritime Arbitrators, and Swiss Arbitration Rules. He also sits as an arbitrator (ICC, ICDR, Cairo Regional Centre, LCIA, and ad hoc). In addition to his work as an arbitration practitioner, Laurence tries cases in the United States courts. Laurence is a member of the New York, District of Columbia and Virginia Bars, and is also a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (with rights of audience as a solicitor-advocate, Higher Courts, Civil). Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills in March 2013, Laurence was a partner in the New York City office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; prior to Gibson Dunn, Laurence was a partner in the London, England, office of Herbert Smith LLP. He has also served as an attorney-adviser international in the Office of the Legal Adviser, United States Department of State, and began his career as a litigation associate at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. Laurence's law degree is from the Emory University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Emory Law Journal (1988-89). He earned a Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in History from The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland). His undergraduate degree is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with highest honours.