Daniel is a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and also a director at Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC, a Singapore law corporation affiliated with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.
Daniel Chia is a corporate and commercial litigator who acts for clients in complex, cross-border, and multi-disciplinary high value disputes. He is sought for his experience—both as legal advisor and trial counsel—in devising and executing litigation strategies for disputes relating to commercial crime, professional indemnity insurance, shareholder litigations, insolvency claims, and securities and regulatory enforcement. He also represents clients, either as defendants or plaintiffs, in a wide range of white collar criminal proceedings, involving allegations of money laundering, corruption, and tax evasion.
Daniel provides clients tailored, tactical advice that adds value to their corporate strategy. He regularly handles matters relating to regulatory, commercial fraud, and business crime defense. These include matters of fraudulent fund raising, and prosecuting and defending against allegations of corruption, money laundering, and commercial crime. As a trial lawyer, Daniel also regularly acts in professional liability cases where represents professionals, consultants, and insurers in all matters relating to professional negligence suits. He also acts for clients in the e-payment industry and advises on various regulatory and competition legislation. In all these matters, he acts as lead trial and appellate counsel arguing court and international arbitrations cases. Daniel is also an active member of the firm’s crisis management team and its labour and employment practice.
Daniel is recognized as a leading lawyer in major legal directories like Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 where clients have commended him for not just his technical ability in the law but also his business acumen and his ability to manage disputes and problems and structure solutions efficiently and effectively. Chambers Global acknowledges him as an "accomplished litigator", who is "diligent and has a great work ethic" along with “a hands on approach” and "a good mind for commercial litigation."
The Legal 500 acknowledges his “excellent reputation” amongst clients and peers. Asialaw Profiles quotes clients who have praised him as “an excellent partner with all-round ability - technical and soft skills”; “whose execution of litigation strategy is top-notch”; and is “sound in the law and very business savvy.” Benchmark Litigation has praised him as “excellent” and “a fluent advocate, able to hold his own against much more senior advocates, including senior counsel.”
He was named a “Future Leader” in Litigation by Who’s Who Legal in 2018 and ranked as most highly regarded in the Asia Pacific region. In 2018, he was also nominated as a finalist for Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year by Asian Legal Business.
The Supreme Court of Singapore appointed Daniel as a Young Amicus Curiae in 2009.
Daniel served as an adjunct tutor to the National University of Singapore and as a tutor for the core advocacy module for law graduates to get called to the Singapore Bar. He is also regularly appointed as pro-bono counsel by the Law Society of Singapore and the Supreme Court of Singapore, in a wide variety of criminal matters.
Awards and Affiliations
A-List, Top 100 Lawyers in Singapore, Asia Business Law Journal (2019)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2017)