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Ambassador (Ret.) David Huebner

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Ambassador (Ret.) David Huebner joins JAMS following 25 years of arbitration and intellectual property practice. He has handled more than 100 arbitrations in the United States and two dozen jurisdictions around the world as neutral or advocate, and has particular expertise in the technology, life sciences, telecom, and entertainment sectors, as well as in energy, infrastructure, construction, and investment disputes.

Most recently, Ambassador Huebner served as a partner in Arnold & Porter LLP’s arbitration practice.  Previously, he served 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.  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. 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 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
  • Particular expertise in investment, finance, intellectual property, life sciences, media, telecom/internet, energy, construction, and infrastructure disputes
  • Member of the Bars of CA, NY and DC and a licensed solicitor in England & Wales

Representative Matters
The following is a representative selection of arbitration matters previously handled by Ambassador Huebner:

Technology/Telecommunications

  • Sole arbitrator in large e-commerce dispute over ownership of certain electronic equipment.
  • Sole arbitrator in large dispute between a leading multinational media company and joint venture partners over digital exhibition.
  • Handled multi-billion-dollar dispute over validity and licensing of patents in telecommunications devices.
  • Handled more than a dozen multi-million-dollar disputes arising from licensing or validity of software, hardware, switching, internet tool, and interface patents.
  • Handled multi-million-dollar dispute between a telecommunications company and a state entity over patent use and validity.

Life Sciences

  • Sole arbitrator in large multiparty dispute in health care finance sector.
  • Handled multi-million-dollar dispute between large pharmaceutical company and a state entity over patent validity, compound ownership, and expropriation issues.
  • Handled several multi-million-dollar disputes between pharmaceutical companies over patent licensing and ownership issues.
  • Handled several large disputes over patent validity and licensing in the medical devices sector.
  • Handled large disputes over non-compete and nondisclosure clauses in executive employment contracts.

Entertainment

  • Sole arbitrator in a large media project development dispute between two entertainment companies.
  • Sole arbitrator in a multi-million-dollar cross-border film licensing dispute.
  • Handled multiple film development, distribution, and joint venture disputes.
  • Handled two large disputes over media library ownership and sale.
  • Handled several film and television-related copyright disputes.

Business/Commercial

  • Arbitrator multi-million-dollar distribution agreement dispute in the consumer products sector.
  • Handled multiple cases arising under the Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG).
  • Handled large leasing dispute in commercial real estate sector.
  • Handled several leasing disputes in aviation sector.
  • Handled multiple cross-border joint venture and project development disputes.

Energy/Construction

  • Handled multi-billion-dollar dispute over natural resource extraction and power generation project.
  • Handled large dispute arising from a long-term oil concession agreement with a state entity.
  • Handled large dispute over construction defects in a cogeneration facility.
  • Handled disputes arising from production and sale of metallurgical coke.
  • Handled large dispute involving construction defects and accounting in hospitality sector.
  • 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

  • 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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