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Dan Tan

Lecturer on Law

Winter 2024

Daniel S. Tan
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Dan Tan is the principal of Dan Tan Law, a boutique international arbitration law firm based in New York and San Francisco. Dan is also practices in Asia and leads the international disputes practice of JLC Advisors, a boutique litigation practice based in Singapore. 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, 2013, 2014) rank Dan as a leading arbitration lawyer. Chambers calls him “a star in the international arbitration world” who is “particularly praised for his astuteness” and “always two steps ahead of the other side”, 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.’” The publication also notes his “tremendous expertise in pursuing arbitrations in Asia”. 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 2014 Eds). He was lauded as being “alert, informed and bold in arbitration proceedings” and for his “acumen and knowledge of local law” and 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). Euromoney Institutional Investor ranks Dan as an Expert in Commercial Arbitration (2013).

Dan is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School (teaching international arbitration) and Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School (teaching international investment law). He also teaches International Arbitration Practice on the adjunct faculty at the Singapore Management University School of Law, and was previously Lecturer in Law at Oxford University. He 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.”


  • LL.B. Law National University of Singapore, 1999
  • B.C.L. (Bachelor of Civil Law) Civil Law Oxford University, 2001
  • LL.M. Law Harvard Law School, 2004

Academic Appointment and Employment History

  • Principal, Dan Tan Law
    New York, New York
  • Lecturer in Law, Stanford Law School (2013 - 2014)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Singapore Management University Law School (2011 - Present)
  • Lecturer in Law, Oxford University (2002 - 2004)
  • Board of Advisors, Singapore Law Review