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Dan Tan
Lecturer in Law

Biography 

Dan Tan is the principal of the Dan Tan Law, a boutique international arbitration law firm based in New York City and San Francisco. The firm has been ranked amongst the top arbitration practices in the US, and in the top 100 of all arbitration practices in the world (Euromoney Benchmark Litigation, 2013 Edn; Global Arbitration Review 100, 2012 and 2013 Edns). The firm was recently named as the Inaugural “International Arbitration Firm of the Year (US West)” by Euromoney Benchmark Litigation.

Dan has over a decade of international arbitration and litigation experience at some of the largest international law firms. He previously practiced with Latham & Watkins and O’Melveny & Myers in New York, and Lovells in London, where he represented US and international clients in high-value cases spanning a range of national laws and industries, including aerospace, construction, telecommunications, entertainment, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, oil and gas, and energy.

Chambers and Partners USA and Chambers Global (2012 and 2013) ranks Dan as a leading arbitration lawyer. Chambers calls him “a star in the international arbitration world” and notes that “Clients and peers overwhelmingly attest to his expertise as ‘a very skilled advocate’ who ‘comes up with practical, commercial advice that clients find extremely useful.’” He has been ranked an “International Arbitration Star” (US Nationwide) and repeatedly named a “Future Litigation Star” (New York) by Euromoney Benchmark Litigation (2010 to 2013 Eds). He was lauded as being “alert, informed and bold in arbitration proceedings” and for his “simply amazing ability to remember arcane, technical details from evidentiary findings, and quote them in detail.” The Global Arbitration Review 100, the leading arbitration survey, has called him “a name to know”, and notes his “impressive attention to detail and strategy,” “easy to work with approach” and remarks that “Clients love him.” (2010 and 2012 Edns). He has been named by Euromoney Institutional Investor as an Expert in Commercial Arbitration (2013).

Dan’s practice focuses on international litigation and arbitration. He has acted in international litigation matters before US and foreign courts, and in arbitrations under various institutional rules (including ICC, LCIA, AAA, Swiss Rules, BANI, SIAC) seated in major arbitration venues (New York, California, London, Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Indonesia, and Singapore). These cases involve disputes stemming from joint venture and partnership agreements, distributor and supply agreements, patents and IP agreements, license agreements, noncompete agreements, share purchase and option agreements, construction and oil & gas contracts. He currently sits as Chair of a three-person tribunal in a Hong Kong seated arbitration.

Dan is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches international arbitration. Previously, he taught international arbitration on the adjunct faculty at the Singapore Management University School of Law, and was previously Lecturer in Law at Oxford University. He speaks and writes prolifically in his field and has published in leading academic journals in the United States and England. These articles have been excerpted in casebooks, cited in prominent textbooks and commentaries and by US Federal courts, and have been called “ground-breaking thinking.”