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.
Laurence has advised:
- a major global energy company in an ICDR arbitration seated in New York relating to an LNG facility in the US
- Co-counsel for a US international mining and natural resources company in an ICC arbitration seated in NY, under NY law, concerning a arising out of a disputed agreement for the supply of iron ore
- a multinational energy company regarding potential claims under a bilateral investment treaty related to corruption allegations and maltreatment of company officers (potential ICSID, international law)
- a European-based company in a London-seat arbitration regarding a liquefied natural gas contract dispute
- Telecom Egypt, in arbitration proceedings under the Arbitration Rules of the Cairo Regional Center (CRCICA)
- “Cross-Examination Without Discovery: Not Blind, But With Blinders,” in L. Newman and B. Sheppard, eds., Take the Witness: Cross-Examination in international Arbitration (Juris, 2010)
- (with S. Brekoulakis), “UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration 1985/2006,” in L. Mistelis, ed., Concise International Arbitration (Wolters Kluwer, 2010)
- “Arbitration, Rhetoric, Proof: The Unity of International Arbitration Across Cultures,” in A. Rovine, ed., Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation: The Fordham Papers 2009 (Martinus Nijhoff, 2010)
- "State Courts and Document Production,” in T. Giovannini and A. Mourre, eds., Written Evidence and Discovery in International Arbitration (ICC Institute, 2009)
- New York Bar, 2008
- District of Columbia Bar, 1989
- Commonwealth of Virginia Bar, 1991
- Solicitor, Supreme Court of England and Wales, 1996 (Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil), England and Wales, 2001)
Laurence has been called as an arbitrator on more than 25, ICC, ICDR and other arbitrations. He has experience serving as co-arbitrator, tribunal chair and sole arbitrator in the following arbitral seats New York, Connecticut, London, Geneva, Paris, The Hague, Montreal, Cairo, Tel Aviv and Cyprus.