Denning has over 20 years of experience in commercial IP litigation in China and international arbitration. Presently he serves as a co-head of Haiwen Shanghai office, and as co-head of the firm's dispute resolution practice group.
Denning is highly recommended in various legal directories including Chambers Global, Chambers Asia, the Asia Pacific Legal 500, where comments include: "band 1 dispute resolution lawyer in China," "a very experienced lawyer who understands his subject area very well," "multi-talented and highly-respected litigator,"and "very well regarded in arbitration."
As an experienced litigator, Denning is notable for defending clients against high-exposure claims involving product liability, consumer fraud, and false and misleading advertisements. He has managed sophisticated litigation related to injuries and damages claims against manufacturers of aviation products, electronics, automotives and other industrial products. He also has long-standing experience in providing assertive and practical solutions with regard to massive casualty claims, large commercial property losses, as well as business interruptions.
Denning is dedicated to helping his clients avoid surprises when it comes to liability exposure and high-damages claims. He counsels on efficient methods and provides comprehensive guidance to minimize, eliminate and prevent risks. Denning's experience coordinating and managing complex investigations and litigation has been integral to helping his corporate clients reach favorable resolutions of their disputes.
Denning's practice also encompasses contract law, torts, competition and antimonopoly law, environmental protection law, administrative law, criminal law, and investor-state arbitration.
Before joining Haiwen in December, 2015, Denning was one of the founders of King & Wood PRC Lawyers Shanghai Office (King & Wood SH), and the founder and partner in charge of the firm's dispute resolution and IP litigation practice from 1996 to November, 2015.
Denning is an arbitrator of China International Economic & Trade Arbitration Committee (CIETAC), Shanghai International Economic & Trade Arbitration Committee (SHIAC) and Shanghai Arbitration Commission. He is also an adjunct professor of East China University of Political Science & Law where he teaches patent litigation. In addition, Denning is a part-time instructor for LLM candidates in Shanghai University of Finance and Economics Law School, a member of the Administrative Reconsideration Council of the Shanghai Municipal Government, the Council of the Shanghai Bar Association (Bar), and the vice-director of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Bar.
Denning obtained his LL.B from East China University of Political Science & Law in 1993, and later obtained his LL.M degrees respectively from the University of International Business and Economics (1996) and Georgetown University Law Center (2011). He was admitted to the Chinese bar in 1995.