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Arbitration Conversation No. 9: Charles E. Harris II, Arbitrator and Partner at Mayer Brown in Chicago

by Charles Harris, Amy Schmitz

July 2020

In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Charles E. Harris II, who is a Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group and the International Arbitration Group at Mayer Brown in Chicago.

Charles Harris

Charles E. Harris, II, is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution group. His litigation practice focuses on a range of matters of paramount importance to the business community, including class actions, contract and real estate-related disputes, technology-related disputes, administrative actions, and privacy and cybersecurity. Charles has significant experience in all areas of arbitration. He has represented clients engaged in domestic and international arbitration before many administrators, including the AAA, ICDR, ICC and IFTA. He has also litigated dozens of actions to enforce arbitration agreements. And, in doing so, Charles has faced many threshold questions of arbitrability, such as whether the court or an arbitrator decides if an arbitration agreement permits class arbitration. In addition, Charles acts as a commercial and consumer arbitrator for the AAA. He has presided over arbitrations ranging from complex computer software integration disputes to disputes regarding the control of a business entity.

Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Charles clerked for the late Judge David D. Dowd Jr., of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He received a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a MS in Biology, summa cum laude, from North Carolina Central University, and his JD, summa cum laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Charles has received a number of accolades for his leadership and legal experience, including Super Lawyers naming him to its “Illinois Rising Stars” list from 2013 to 2017, The Network Journal honoring him with its “40 Under Forty” Achievement Award, and the Illinois Diversity Council Multicultural Leadership Award.


Professor Amy Schmitz joined the University of Missouri School of Law and the Center for Dispute Resolution as the Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor of Law in 2016. Previously she was a Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law for over 16 years. Prior to teaching, Professor Schmitz practiced law with large law firms in Seattle and Minneapolis, and served as a law clerk for the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.  Professor Schmitz teaches courses in Contracts, Lawyering, Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), AI, Data Analytics and the Law, Arbitration, International Arbitration, and Consumer Law. She has been heavily involved in ODR teaching and research for a long time and is a Fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, as well as the Co-Chair of the ABA Technology Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section and the ODR Task Force.  She serves on the Association of American Law Schools Executive Committee on Commercial and Consumer Law, was an External Scientific Fellow of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg, and is a researcher with the ACT Project exploring AI and ODR. Professor Schmitz has published over 50 articles in law journals and books, and a book, The New Handshake: Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Consumer Protection, with Colin Rule.

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