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Taniel E. Anderson

Tan is a trial attorney focusing on complex, technical litigation.
Tan Anderson, Associate, Arent Fox

As a nuclear engineer with years of hands-on experience, Tan has broad technical experience in electrical, mechanical, nuclear, chemical, and systems engineering. 

Tan was a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy qualified in submarines and as chief engineer for S8G nuclear reactors. He served with distinction for 10 years of active and reserve duty. On active duty, Tan served aboard the USS Nevada (SSBN-733 Gold) and completed five strategic-deterrent patrols out of a homeport in Bangor, Washington. Missions and adventures included aircraft carrier landings and takeoffs, piloting a helicopter, completing dive school, sailing around Cape Horn, and becoming a shellback. On reserve duty, Tan served with the Office of Naval Research and Naval Research Lab as a science & technology liaison officer. As a reservist, he hosted visitors during New York Fleet Week and attended Expo Naval in Chile. Tan earned various awards and decorations, including Navy and Marine Corps Commendation and Achievement medals.

Tan co-founded AFVets with other veterans and reservists at Arent Fox, and is working on benefits and mentoring specific to veterans at the firm, as well as the recruitment of veterans to the firm. The goal of AFVets is to create and foster awareness and community for Arent Fox’s military and uniformed service employees by concentrating on issues specific to those who are or have been in service, while applying that experience to serving clients with similar military backgrounds.

Client Work

Tan has represented clients in matters involving a variety of technologies in courts throughout the country. At trial, Tan’s experience ranges from pharmaceutical products to bulk welding wire. He has successfully litigated and tried cases in US District Courts, the US International Trade Commission, state courts, and the OSH Review Commission.

Tan’s patent litigation experience has included all phases of litigation, including counseling, pleadings, discovery, experts, hearings, trials, and appeals. Tan also has experience representing petroleum refineries in PSM compliance, NEP inspections, and RMP-DOJ enforcement, among other areas. His language skills have allowed him to communicate directly with personnel at a Brazilian-owned refinery in Portuguese. Tan successfully represented a client charged with violating a nuclear export-control statute in a criminal case.

Previous Work

Prior to joining Arent Fox, Tan was an intern for the Honorable Wallace W. Dixon, Middle District of North Carolina (2008 – 2009) and the Honorable J. Douglas McCullough, North Carolina Court of Appeals (2008).

Before law school, Tan served as a nuclear submarine officer aboard the USS Nevada, where he completed five strategic-deterrent patrols. During his service, Tan gained experience in the operation, maintenance, and overhaul of complex technical systems, including nuclear power generation, steam power, hydraulics, compressed air, chemistry, radiation, and electrical power generation and distribution.

Professional Activities

Tan is a member of the Pro Bono Committee. He volunteers for pro bono legal services for veterans.

Publications, Presentations & Recognitions

  • “Intellectual Property Protection: The Value of Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights to Your Business” How to Prepare: Veterans Venture Bootcamp; Washington, DC; October 2013
  • Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2014-2018)

Life Beyond the Law

Tan is a native Portuguese speaker.