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John Tan

John Tan


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  • Georgetown University Law Center, 1998, J.D., Public Interest Law Scholar; Criminal Justice Clinic
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993, B.S., Robert A. Muh Award for Undergraduate Research

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia


  • Mandarin Chinese
  • English

John focuses his practice on internal investigations, corporate compliance, and dispute resolution, and co-leads a specialized cross-border team based out of Reed Smith’s Shanghai and Singapore offices. He works with companies doing business in China and throughout Asia on FCPA and compliance investigations, responding to government inquiries, and developing and implementing compliance programs. John also handles anti-corruption due diligence for corporate transactions.

John has handled compliance and regulatory enforcement matters for clients in multiple industries, and has particular experience with the life sciences and energy sectors. Before joining Reed Smith, John served as China Regional Compliance Director for Pfizer.

John has lived in Shanghai since 2005, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Before moving to China, John worked as a public defender in the District of Columbia, where he handled numerous jury trials, bench trials, and appellate arguments.

Employment History

  • 2012 - Reed Smith
  • 2010 - Pfizer, Inc.
  • 2007 - Keller & Heckman, LLP
  • 1999 - Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia


  • Honorable A. Franklin Burgess, Superior Court - District of Columbia (1998)

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers Global – China Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific – China Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption and China Life Sciences
  • LMG/Euromoney Expert Guides – White Collar Crime