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Lanier Saperstein


Adjunct Professor of Law


Job Experience

Lanier Saperstein is a Partner in Dorsey & Whitney LLP and an Arbitrator for the Shanghai International Arbitration Center. He has a broad international practice representing foreign financial institutions in litigation and regulatory matters, with particular expertise in cross-border and extraterritorial issues. He has argued before the Second Circuit and won key victories on behalf of international bank clients. Between 2009 and 2011, he won at the trial court level and on appeal representing a number of PRC banks in defending against an attempt to seize the assets of the PRC government. He was the first attorney to successfully persuade a US court to utilize the Hague Convention in requesting documents from China. Lanier Saperstein has published in the New York Law Journal, the International Financial Law Review, The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, and Bankruptcy Law 360.

His writings have been cited by such journals as the University of Michigan Law Review, the University of North Carolina Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, the University of Southern California Law Review, the American University Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, the BU Law Review, the William & Mary Law Review, the University of Illinois Law Review, and many others. His recent publications include such topics as New York’s separate entity rule and ATA litigation against banks. Prior to joining Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Lanier Saperstein worked at the major international law firms of Allen & Overy LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Lanier Saperstein has been quoted in major Chinese media, including People’s Daily, Phoenix Television, Tencent, and Sing Tao Daily.


JD, cum laude, Northwestern University School of Law

MSc, London School of Economics

BA, College of William and Mary

Mailing Address

Fordham University School of Law
Legal Writing Program
150 West 62nd Street, Room 7-175
New York, NY 10023