Daniel Durante



Dr. Daniel Durante is a partner at Patocchi & Marzolini in Geneva, Switzerland, where he practices as counsel and arbitrator.  He can argue a case and conduct proceedings in English, French and Italian, and has a good command of German.

Daniel specialises in the resolution of disputes involving civil engineering projects (including off-shore drilling, pipe laying and port infrastructure), construction of machinery for plants and advanced technical equipment.

Daniel has represented clients in a wide range of industries such as oil & gas, hydroelectric power, defence, optoelectronics, aviation, flavour & fragrance, pulp & paper, tobacco, pharma, luxury and finance.

He also represented international federations, high-ranking officials and athletes in sports disputes before internal adjudication bodies and before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in both appeal and ordinary proceedings.

Daniel has been serving as arbitrator in proceedings governed by the ICC Rules and the Swiss Rules in Switzerland and abroad.

In addition to his Ph.D. thesis on aspects of the Swiss law of contract, Daniel has published articles and papers on arbitration. He is also active on the lecture circuit as a speaker on arbitration matters.


Daniel Durante “is highly competent and devoted with strong organisational skills” “He is meticulous and hardworking” “He is in a class of his own” (Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration Future Leaders – Partners 2024).

Daniel is very systematic and thoughtful in his approach to arbitration proceedings” “He impresses with his dedication to his clients and thoroughness” “He has the valuable ability of anticipating the moves of the counterparty” (Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration Future Leaders – Partners 2023).

Daniel Durante is “an extremely knowledgeable and attentive lawyer” “He developed the strategy to be adopted during the arbitration with extreme attention to all details” “Daniel has the ability to process large amounts of information that he continuously uses to verify that everything is directed towards the goal” “He managed to establish a relationship of trust with us that made the work simple and even pleasant” (Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration Future Leaders – Partners 2022).

Daniel Durante “represents the values Patocchi & Marzolini is built upon. He is extremely intelligent and knowledgeable and has an eye for detail.  He is also very easy to work with” (Legal 500 2021).

Daniel Durante is “a bright and talented lawyer, probably the most brilliant lawyer in Geneva, if not in Switzerland” “A pleasure to work with” “He is very dedicated” (Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2021 – Future Leaders – Non-Partners). »