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Alan M. Anderson joined Littleton as an Associate Tenant and International Arbitrator in November 2017. He is an internationally recognized arbitrator, arbitration counsel, and trial lawyer with over thirty years of experience. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a civil trial advocate and by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a civil trial specialist in the United States. Alan practices primarily in the areas of international arbitration and dispute resolution, commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, and appellate advocacy.

Alan’s arbitration experience includes large domestic commercial disputes and international arbitration proceedings conducted under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association, London Court of International Arbitration, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, and the International Chamber of Commerce, as well as ad hoc arbitrations. He has represented foreign corporations in courts in the U.S. and in international arbitrations.

His practice is international in scope and he has represented clients in a wide variety of industries. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to family-owned businesses. Alan has experience in all aspects of complex commercial litigation, and has tried jury cases to verdict in state and federal courts in the United States, literally from Los Angeles to New York City. In his intellectual property practice, Alan has litigated actions involving a variety of diverse technologies, including medical devices, shape memory alloys, software, electronics and electrical systems, chemical compositions, agricultural equipment, snowmobile equipment, commercial refrigeration systems, and a variety of other mechanical and electrical devices.

Alan has participated in more than 500 mediations during his career, both domestic and international, including on behalf of international companies from around the world. He is an ‘International Accredited Professional Mediator’ with the Mainland-Hong Kong Joint Mediation Center.

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    Professional Appointments and Memberships

After serving from 1982 to 1983 as a law clerk to the Honourable John D. Butzner, Jr. in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, VA, Alan was admitted to practice in the State of Minnesota and to the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota in 1983. 

He also is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Tenth, and Federal Circuits, as well as various United States District Courts.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, and in 2016 was appointed to the Centre’s Council. In 2014 and again in 2017, Alan was appointed to a three-year term on the panel of arbitrators for the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration in Malaysia.

He is listed on the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre’s (Geneva, Switzerland) List of Arbitrators for dispute resolution in all types of intellectual property matters. He also is included in the London Court of International Arbitration’s database of neutrals. Alan is a qualified neutral (ADR) under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice for the District Courts for both arbitration and mediation.

Since February 2015, Alan has served as an official observer on behalf of the Forum for International Conciliation and Arbitration at the General Sessions of Working Group II (Dispute Settlement) and Working Group III (Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform) of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in New York City and Vienna.

Alan has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of intellectual property litigation since 2010. He is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. He has been recognized repeatedly in Minnesota Super Lawyers in the area of intellectual property litigation. Twice he was recognised as one of the top 101 franchise lawyers in America.

In 2010 and again in 2011, Alan was honoured by the Federal Circuit Bar Association for his pro bono work on behalf of veterans in connection with appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Since 2000, Alan has served as a non-executive member of the board of directors of Compumedics, Ltd., of Melbourne, Australia, a publicly-traded company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

    Education, Scholarships and Prizes

PhD (war studies), King’s College London (Thesis: ‘The Laws of War and Naval Strategy in Great Britain and the United States:  1899-1909’)

LLM, with distinction (international dispute resolution), University of London (awarded 150th Anniversary Prize for academic achievement)

MA, cum laude (military history), Norwich University

JD, magna cum laude, Cornell University (elected to the Order of the Coif)

MBA, with distinction, Cornell University

BA, magna cum laude, with college honors in political science, Coe College (elected to Phi Beta Kappa)