Ambassador (Ret.) David Huebner

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Ambassador (Ret.) David Huebner joins JAMS following 25 years of practice in international law and arbitration. He has handled more than 100 arbitrations in two dozen jurisdictions around the world as advocate or neutral, and has particular expertise in technology, life sciences, energy, infrastructure, construction, and investment disputes. In 2016, President Obama appointed him as one of the four American designees to the panel of arbitrators of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes.

Most recently, Ambassador Huebner served as a partner in Arnold & Porter LLP’s international arbitration and public international law practices.  He has held senior positions in the Asia Pacific region, including as the American Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, chairman & CEO of Coudert Brothers LLP, founding chief representative of an AmLaw 100 law firm in Shanghai, and special policy assistant to a member of the National Diet of Japan in Tokyo.  He is a graduate of Princeton University (summa cum laude) and Yale Law School.

Ambassador Huebner is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators,  Distinguished Fellow of the Auckland University of Technology’s Faculty of Business and Law, member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, and life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  He chaired the California Law Revision Commission as an appointee of both Governors Davis and Schwarzenegger. He has taught international law and policy, intellectual property, and dispute resolution at universities in China, Germany, New Zealand, and the U.S.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Handled more than 100 arbitrations in two dozen jurisdictions around the world
  • Arbitrated under the rules of numerous institutions including International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), Zurich Chamber of Commerce, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), American Arbitration Association (AAA), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), and Hamburg Chamber of Commerce
  • On the panels or lists of arbitrators of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Shanghai International Arbitration Centre (SHIAC), Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA), CIETAC, ICDR, LCIA 
  • Particular expertise in investment, finance, intellectual property, life sciences, media, telecom/internet, energy, construction, and infrastructure disputes
  • Licensed solicitor in England & Wales and member of the Bars of CA, NY and DC

Representative Matters

  • Handled multi-billion dollar patent dispute including validity and licensing of patents in telecommunications devices
  • Sole arbitrator in a large dispute between a leading multinational media company and East Asian joint venture partners 
  • Sole arbitrator in a project development dispute between two entertainment companies 
  • Sole arbitrator in a large, multiparty dispute in the health care finance sector
  • Arbitrator in large consumer products licenscing and distribution dispute in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Handled multi-million dollar arbitration under UNCITRAL Rules between Southeast Asian conglomerate and an Asian state entity over a natural resource extraction and power generation project
  • Handled multi-million dollar arbitration between US-based pharmaceutical company and an Eastern European state entity over patent licensing and expropriation
  • Handled multi-million dollar arbitration between US-based telecommunications company and a Hong Kong company in investment and licensing disputes
  • Handled related intellectual property licensing disputes in multiple arbitrations in Latin America and Europe involving a Chinese telecommunications company
  • Handled arbitration involving Chinese entity in disputes arising from production of metallurgical coke
  • Handled arbitration involving Middle Eastern state entity in dispute over natural resource extraction and exploitation
  • Handled multi-million dollar arbitration involving US-based pharmaceutical company and a Swiss company over patent licensing
  • Handled arbitration with large consumer products company concerning breach of contract and licensing disputes
  • Handled multiple arbitrations in the United States involving European entertainment conglomerate over licensing, investment, and project development matters
  • Handled multi-million dollar arbitration involving a European telecommunications company and a European state entity

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Admitted to the Bars of California, New York, and the District of Columbia
  • Admitted as a Solicitor in England & Wales
  • Member, Panel of Arbitrators of ICSID
  • Distinguished Fellow, Auckland University of Technology’s Faculty of Business and Law
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Former Chair, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Southern California Chapter
  • Member, ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR
  • Life member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Member, board of directors of Pacific Council on International Policy
  • Member, advisory board of Swiss International Law School
  • Member, advisory board of Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy
  • Member, advisory board of Franklin Delano Roosevelt Center for Global Engagement
  • Member, founders’ council of UCLA Williams Institute
  • Member, advisory board of USC Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy
  • Member, advisory board of USC ADR Center
  • Former Chair, California Law Revision Commission, Appointee of both Governors Davis and Schwarzenegger
  • Listed on various international arbitration and intellectual property top practitioner lists
  • Frequent lecturer before professional organizations on international arbitration, international law and policy, dispute resolution, intellectual property, international business transactions, entrepreneurship, and litigation risk 

ADR Profiles

Background and Education

  • Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP, Los Angeles, 2014-2016
  • US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, 2009-2014
  • Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, Shanghai & Los Angeles,  2005–2009
    • Founding managing partner of Shanghai office
    • Head of China Practice; Head of International Disputes Practice
  • Partner, Coudert Brothers LLP, Los Angeles and other locations, 1992–2005 (Partner from 1995)
    • Chairman & CEO of the Firm;  member of the global Executive Board
  • Associate, Irell & Manella, Los Angeles, 1987–1992
  • Office of the Hon. Koji Kakizawa, Tokyo, 1984–1985
    • Special assistant to member of Japan’s National Diet (and later Foreign Minister of Japan)
  • JD, Yale Law School, 1986
    • Editor-in-chief, Yale Journal on Regulation
    • Henry Luce Scholar
  • AB, summa cum laude, Princeton University, 1982
    • Majored at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
    • Phi Beta Kappa; David Lawrence Scholar


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