Alan T. Dickey



Applying a wide range of litigation experience in numerous trials, arbitrations and mediations throughout the U.S., Alan Dickey most-recently has focused on advising banks, corporations, individuals, and foreign governments in large-scale, domestic and international litigation disputes.  However, throughout his career, Mr. Dickey has employed an adaptable creative approach to new legal issues—always achieving effective and efficient results for his clients.

Mr. Dickey specializes in complex civil and appellate litigation in state and federal courts and in arbitration forums. He has successfully litigated numerous complex matters concerning the substance and application of international and foreign law to international disputes; domestic and foreign economic sanctions; international money laundering; antiterrorism financing, including the Antiterrorism Act; the Alien Tort Statute; FedWire regulations; constitutional law; general and specific personal jurisdiction over foreign individuals and entities; foreign sovereign immunity; head of state immunity; foreign-official immunity; the political question doctrine; the act of state doctrine; conflicts of laws; business torts; commercial contracts and transactions; fraud; manufacturing contracts; oil and gas contracts; construction defects; software-performance standards; insurance coverage; medical malpractice; and maritime law.

Mr. Dickey also has represented large foreign banks in response to investigations of their banking practices by U.S. regulatory authorities, including their compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and concerning their efforts to detect and prevent money laundering, the financing of terrorism, and other financial criminal activity.

Notable Facts

Before his legal career Mr. Dickey served in the U.S. Marine Corps and participated in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, where he commanded an infantry fire team and coordinated communications in the security detail responsible for identifying and neutralizing threats to the core headquarters staff of the 24th Marine Regiment. Mr. Dickey is a prolific outdoorsmen. For example, he twice has been dropped off by an air taxi more than a hundred miles from any civilization deep into the Alaskan wilderness and survived and explored the wilderness for 11 days on foot and by raft before being picked up approximately 50 miles down river.

  • Selected Matters
  • Publications & Speaking
  • Represented foreign government officials in a lawsuit brought against them under the Alien Tort Statute and other laws concerning their alleged involvement in an attempt to injure a former senior official of the same foreign government. Aljabri v. Al Saud, Case No. 1:20-cv-02146-TJK (D.D.C., filed Aug. 6, 2020).
  • Defeated wide-ranging claims of specific and general U.S. jurisdiction over Saudi Arabia’s largest bank in a high-profile multi-district litigation. In re Terrorist Attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, 718 F. Supp. 2d 456 (S.D.N.Y. 2010) (dismissal); In re Terrorist Attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, 689 F. Supp. 2d 552 (S.D.N.Y. 2010) (denying additional jurisdictional discovery). Obtained affirmance on appeal of the bank’s dismissal without further jurisdictional discovery. In re Terrorist Attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, 714 F.3d 659 (2d Cir. 2013).
  • Obtained, as second-chair counsel, the dismissal of foreign law claims against the government-owned Bank of China alleging the knowing provision of financial services to U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations, demonstrating that the bank’s actions did not violate the laws of its home country. Wultz v. Bank of China Ltd., 306 F.R.D. 112 (S.D.N.Y. 2013); Wultz v. Bank of China Ltd., 2012 WL 5431013, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 161399 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 5, 2012).
  • Obtained an award on behalf of a renewable energy corporation against a wind tower supplier for defects and delays in the manufacture of numerous windmill towers during a one-week arbitration hearing in 2012 and related proceedings.  The arbitration proceedings resulted in an award of $3.2 million for damages, interest, and attorney fees; recovery of wind towers worth approximately $4.9 million; and denial of $6.6 million in counterclaims against the client in their entirety. Enxco Development Corp. v. Katana Summit, LLC, American Arbitration Association, Case No. 51158-Y-01145-10.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a foreign bank that had made a US$474,000 duplicate payment by mistake to an alleged creditor of a customer of the bank. Qatar Nat. Bank v. Winmar, Inc., 650 F. Supp. 2d 1 (D.D.C. 2009).  Prevailed on a motion for entry of a final judgment to include more than $100,000 in prejudgment interest and successfully opposed the defendant’s motion to stay enforcement of the bank’s judgment pending the defendant’s own trial proceedings against the bank’s customer for breach of contract.  Qatar Nat. Bank v. Winmar, Inc., 1:06-cv-1307(GK) (D.D.C. 2009) (Docket Nos. 58, 62).
  • Obtained, on behalf of a real estate marketing company, an order granting the client’s motion to amend a complaint to add wealthy individual defendants on an alter ego theory where defendants in contractual privity were intentionally undercapitalized. McWilliams Ballard, Inc. v. Broadway Management Co., Inc., 636 F. Supp. 2d 1 (D.D.C. 2009).
  • Obtained numerous arbitration awards and settlements disposing of claims relating to software performance issues on behalf of an enterprise resource planning software producer (J.D. Edwards) through arbitration and court proceedings.  See In re J. D. Edwards World Solutions Co., 87 S.W.3d 546 (Tex. 2002).
  • Obtained vacatur of federal district court on issue of first impression concerning Maritime attachment. Heidmar, Inc. v. Anomina Ravennate Di Armamento Sp.A., 132 F.3d 264 (5th Cir. 1998).
  • Author, “United States v. Lopez: The Supreme Court Reasserts the Commerce Clause as a Limit on the Powers of Congress,” 70 Tul. L. Rev. 1207, 1996.
  • Principal author, “How to Avoid Voir Dire Consequences and Exploit an Attorney’s First Contact with the Jury,” American Board of Trial Advocates, Masters on Jury Selection, August 20, 1999.
  • Author and presenter, “Duties to Provide Emergency Care Under the Federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act,” presented to seminar participants at “Emergency Medicine, “Sound the Alarm” – Medical and Legal Aspects” sponsored by American International Companies, September 29, 2000.


  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1996
  • University of Kansas, B.A., 1993

Professional Experience

  • Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP (Partner, 2014 – 2021)
  • Patton Boggs, LLP (Partner, 2008 – 2014; Associate, 2004 – 2007)
  • Godin & Baity, LLC (Associate, 2001 – 2004)
  • Cowles & Thompson, PC (Associate, 1998 – 2001)
  • The Kleberg Law Firm, PC (Associate, 1996 – 1998)

Bar Admission

  • Texas (1996)
  • Colorado (1998)
  • District of Columbia (2006)
  • Maryland (2022)


  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Federalist Society
  • Republican National Lawyers Association
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