Geoffrey Sant

Geoffrey Sant




Geoffrey is a Partner in the Trial Department of Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

Geoffrey works on a broad range of commercial, corporate and banking litigation and transactions. He is a native English speaker, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish. Geoffrey is an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, where he teaches the nation’s only class on banking litigation. He has also taught U.S. law at China University of Political Science and Law (in Beijing). His publications have been cited by or to the United States Supreme Court, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the New York Court of Appeals (New York’s highest court), and the First Department, just to name appellate courts.

Geoffrey’s litigation representations include defending a major media company in a multibillion dollar contract dispute; defending an international bank in a billion-dollar litigation; and winning a 12.6 million USD judgment on behalf of one of his clients. In addition, he defeated a class action litigation against one of his clients, successfully convincing the judge to impose money sanctions against the law firm that sued it. This remarkable result was featured in a South China Morning Post article, “US court order brings hope for Chinese firms.”

Geoffrey’s transactional matters include winning regulatory approval for a new US branch of a major Chinese bank; successfully helping a Chinese company to deregister and go dark; and representing a major Chinese real estate company in establishing a US subsidiary and making US acquisitions.

Geoffrey is a Director of the Chinese Business Lawyers Association. He is a frequent commentator on legal issues for major Asian media, including CCTV (1 billion total viewers); Phoenix Television (hundreds of millions of viewers), People’s Daily (millions of readers); Global Times (millions of readers); and many others. In late 2014, the New York Court of Appeals cited to Geoffrey and adopted his public policy arguments in deciding a disputed point of New York law, in response to certified questions from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. In a 2013 law journal article, he correctly predicted the 2014-2015 wave of bank de-risking. He is also credited with accurately predicting the 2010 wave of investigations and securities litigation against Chinese companies in a series of interviews in 2008 and 2009 on CCTV, Phoenix Television, and Global Times.


Education & Admissions

New York University (J.D., 2008)

Columbia University (M.A., Chinese & Japanese Literature, 2005)

University of Chicago (B.A., Romance Languages & Literature; Near Eastern Languages & Civilization, 1996), Honors


  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York


  • English, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish


Representative Litigation

  • Great Dynasty International Financial Holdings Limited v. Haiting Li, 13-civ-1734 (N.D.Cal. 2014) (Chen, J.). Originated and handled the defense of an international company and its executives in five million dollar securities litigation lawsuit. In the first such case ever, we helped a Chinese company that had been sued in a securities litigation to obtain complete dismissal of the lawsuit and also to collect damages from the lawyers who sued the company. The court stated that “there is clear and convincing evidence that GDI’s counsel . . . was both reckless and frivolous [in bringing the lawsuit against our client], and [that this] amounted to conduct tantamount to bad faith.” The court held that the plaintiffs’ law firm and the individual attorneys were liable for paying all of our clients’ legal fees.
  • Uni-Rty Corporation v. New York Guangdong Finance, Inc., Index No. 650361/12, Slip Op. (N.Y. Sup. Court, N.Y County, Dec. 5, 2012) (Sherwood, J.). Won on motion to dismiss, obtaining complete dismissal of multimillion-dollar claims against international bank.
  • Huang v. Advanced Battery Technologies, Inc., 09-civ-8297 (S.D.N.Y. May 26, 2010) (Baer, J.). Won dismissal on forum non conveniens grounds in a multimillion-dollar breach of contract and tort case against NASDAQ-listed technology company. Despite a lawsuit brought by a US citizen plaintiff, and a contract calling for payments in dollars through the company’s New York office, successfully obtained dismissal of lawsuit in favor of Chinese court system.

News & Resources


尚撷福:让好莱坞多点华人面孔 (Geoffrey Sant: Hollywood Should Have More Asian Faces), Global Times (环球时报)
"青年汉学家研修计划”搭建中外桥梁 (“Qing Nian Han Xue Jia Yan Xiu Ji Hua” Da Jian Zhong Wai Qiao Liang), People's Daily Overseas Edition
"Court-Ordered Law Breaking," Brooklyn Law Review, Vol. 81, No. 1, 2016
“The Failure of Anti-Money Laundering Regulation: Where is the Cost-Benefit Analysis?” Notre Dame Law Review
Co-Author, "The Choking Continues After 'Choke Point'," American Banker
Op-Ed, "Account Closed: How Bank ‘De-Risking’ Hurts Legitimate Customers," Wall Street Journal
New York State Legislature Seeks to Overturn 'Daimler,' New York Law Journal
What’s Left of Koehler? The New York Court of Appeals’ Endorsement of the Separate Entity Rule Eviscerates its Koehler Decision from Just Five Years Ago (with Brittany M. Taylor), Securities Regulation & Law Report
Aerospatiale Factors on Discovery in Violation of Foreign Laws, New York Law Journal
The Right’s Astonishing Race Claim: Why it Thinks Eric Holder is Worse Than Slaveholders
Holiday in Crimea: Worst vacation advice ever?
“Zhu-yuan zhong-guo kuai ma jia bian” (祝愿中国快马加鞭), People’s Daily
“So Banks Are Terrorists Now? The Misuse of the Civil Suit Provision of the Anti-Terrorism Act,” Arizona State Law Journal, 45 Ariz. St. L.J. 533-609 (2013) (cited by the Kingdom of Jordan in brief to the United States Supreme Court)
“Eight Horrible Courtroom Jokes and Their Ensuing Legal Calamities,” Salon

News & Press Mentions

Dorsey Partner Geoffrey Sant Remarks on Chinese Warnings on Overseas Acquisitions
Dorsey Partner Geoffrey Sant Comments on Hackers Holding Pirates of the Caribbean Ransom
深度:无论怎么判,特朗普移民禁令之战还将继续 (In depth: No matter what the court decides, the battle over the Trump immigration order will continue), Shanghai Observer (上观) and Liberation Daily (解放日报)
Tencent, 腾讯财经给网友拜年 (Tencent Finance Wishes Happy New Year to the World)
Dorsey Partner Geoffrey Sant Discusses US Companies Cutting Back in China
律师之路名师讲堂第二十三讲《赴美投资的智商,情商,法商》(Famous Lawyers Lecture Series, 23rd Lecture: “Investing in the United States: IQ, EQ, and Legal Knowledge”), Lawyer College Renmin University
Can Blockchain Prevent Money Laundering?, Finextra
美狂抓外银洗钱 没证据照样开罚 (Mei Kuang Zhua Wai Yin Xi Qian Mei Zheng Ju Zhao Yang Kai Fa)
[裁罚真的有效?]美律师吐槽:官方没具体事证满意就开罚, Apple Daily
Dorsey Partner Geoffrey Sant Recognized for Writing Exceptional Work of Journalism
26个国家青年汉学家来安徽考察安徽文化 (Young Sinologists from 26 Nations Come to Anhui and Experience Anhui Culture), Anhui News
行走皖南路,体现徽文化—多国青年汉学家来皖南考察徽州文化 (Walking Anhui’s Roads, Experiencing Anhui’s Culture – Young Sinologists from Many Nations Visit Anhui and Experience Its Culture), Anhui Provincial Government Website
6位青年汉学家的中国情缘 (Six Young Sinologists and their Love of China), China Writer
Young Sinologists from 26 Nations Come to Anhui
Dorsey Partner Geoffrey Sant Participates in Young Sinologists Program
德拉瓦欢迎中国公司 州长拥抱全球化经济 (Delaware Welcomes Chinese Companies – Governor Embraces Increasingly Global Economy), Sing Tao Daily
Dorsey Partner Geoffrey Sant Remarks on Trade Surplus Between China and U.S.
戴有色眼睛看中国投资,误人误己(热点聚焦)(Harms Caused By Distorted Views of Chinese Investment), Wang Juling, People’s Daily
Emerging Companies: From Domestic Establishment to International Expansion
纽约“新苗”—亚裔儿童的“中国文化之家”(New York’s Chinese Cultural Center – a “Chinese Cultural Home” for Asian Children), 海外网 (Haiwai Wang)
华裔警官被定罪折射美国司法不公(深度观察), (Conviction of Chinese Police Officer May Reflect Unfairness in U.S. Justice System), People’s Daily
纽约中国文化中心举办迎猴年演出 (New York Chinese Cultural Center Performs to Welcome the Year of the Monkey), People’s Daily
养母鼓舞 花童春节献艺 (Yang Mu Gu Wu; Hua Tong Chun Jie Xian Yi), World Journal
美国举行猴年生肖邮票首发式 (U.S. Holds Ceremony for Release of Year of the Monkey Stamp)
文艺汇演庆猴年 中国年染红上东城 (Cultural Performances Welcome the Year of the Monkey; Chinese New Year Dyes the East Village Red), Sinovision

Legal Writings

Geoffrey Sant previously worked as a professional translator of Chinese and Japanese. He is the translator (from Japanese) of Yamada Futaro’s novel The Kouga Ninja Scrolls (Del Rey Books). His Chinese-language writing has been anthologized in a collection of the year’s best writing, Nan-wang Gu-shi (難望故事 [Unforgettable Stories]). Geoffrey Sant translated Chinese-language interviews of Chinatown eyewitnesses of 9/11 for “Ground One: Voices from Post-9/11 Chinatown” (9/11 Oral History Project), available at:

Geoffrey Sant’s writings have appeared in Slate Magazine, Anthropology News, and leading Asian media, such as Taipei Times, Taiwan News, Zhongguo Shibao (中国時報), and Zhongyang Ribao (中央日報). He wrote a bilingual magazine column that also served as the basis for a weekly radio show on Taiwan’s ICRT, and he has appeared as a regular commentator on the People’s Daily, Sing Tao Daily, Caixin Media, Asia TV, Blue Ocean Network, Tencent, and Taiwan’s MuchTV, in addition to CCTV and Phoenix Television.

Select Presentations

Industries & Practices

International Arbitration & Litigation
Securities & Financial Services Litigation & Enforcement
  • Appellate
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Banking
  • China
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Financial Services Regulatory
  • Foreign Bank Representation
  • Immigration
  • International Arbitration & Litigation
  • Latin America
  • Securities & Financial Services Litigation & Enforcement

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Director and Treasurer, Chinese Business Lawyers Association

Community Involvement

  • President of the Board of Directors, New York Chinese Cultural Center
Geoffrey Sant