Dan Tan

Singapore Office

Profile and Expertise

Dan Tan leads the arbitration practice at JLC Advisors and is the principal of Dan Tan Law, a boutique law firm based in New York and San Francisco that has been repeatedly ranked amongst the top 100 of all arbitration practices in the world (Global Arbitration Review 100, 2012 to 2016). Benchmark Litigation recommends the firm for litigation in California, for International Arbitration nationally in the United States, and named it the Euromoney Inaugural “International Arbitration Firm of the Year (US West)”.
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 USA and Chambers Global (2012 to 2016) rank Dan as a leading arbitration lawyer. Chambers calls him “a star in the international arbitration world” and “an extraordinary legal talent and is extremely creative in the legal theories he uses.” The Global Arbitration Review calls him “a name to know” and commends his “impressive attention to detail and strategy”. Euromoney Institutional Investor ranks Dan as an Expert in Commercial Arbitration. Legal 500 Asia calls him an “outstanding lawyer.”
Dan is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School (teaching international arbitration). He was previously Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School (teaching international investment law), on the adjunct faculty at the Singapore Management University School of Law (teaching international arbitration), and Lecturer in Law at Oxford University (teaching contract law). He writes prolifically in his field and has published articles in leading academic journals that have been excerpted in casebooks, cited in prominent textbooks and commentaries and by US Federal courts, and have been called “ground-breaking thinking.”


Dan’s practice focuses on international litigation and arbitration. He has acted in litigation matters in courts all over the world, 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, Brazil, and Singapore). These cases involve disputes stemming from joint venture and partnership agreements, distributor and supply agreements, IP agreements, license agreements, share purchase and option agreements, construction and oil & gas contracts. He has sat as arbitrator (chair and sole) in several international arbitrations.


LL.M., Harvard Law School
B.C.L., Oxford University
LL.B., National University of Singapore

Bar Qualifications

New York
District of Columbia
England and Wales

Academic Appointments

Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
(International Commercial Arbitration) (2008-present)
Lecturer in Law, Stanford Law School
(International Investment Law) (2013-2015)
Adjunct Faculty, Singapore Management University Law School
(International Arbitration Practice) (2011 - 2014)
Lecturer in Law, Oxford University
(English Contract Law) (2002-2004)
Board of Advisors, Singapore Law Review


English, Mandarin