A mbassador (r.) David Huebner is a partner in the international arbitration, public international law, and intellectual property practices of Arnold & Porter LLP, and a guest lecturer at UCLA School of Law.
Before joining Arnolds in 2014, he held senior executive positions in the Asia Pacific region, including as the American Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, chairman/CEO of a large international law firm, founding chief representative of law offices in Shanghai, and special policy assistant to a member of the lower house of Japan’s Diet.
As an attorney, Ambassador Huebner has represented governments, corporations, and individuals in hundreds of arbitration, mediation, regulatory, and other matters before international tribunals and in several dozen jurisdictions. As an attorney and arbitrator, he has particular experience handling disputes in the life sciences, technology, telecom, construction, and energy sectors. He also regularly advises clients on strategic matters, including crisis management, extraterritorial application of national criminal and civil laws, and legal and policy issues related to cross-border trade and investment.
He is licensed as a solicitor in England & Wales and as an attorney in California, New York, and the District of Columbia. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, he currently chairs the CIArb’s Southern California chapter. Among his numerous professional and civic engagements, he chaired the California Law Revision Commission under Governors Davis and Schwarzenegger, and currently serves on the boards of the USC Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Foundation.
Ambassador Huebner taught full-semester courses in international arbitration, international business transactions, and intellectual property at the University of Southern California for many years, and has lectured on law and policy at more than a dozen universities in China, Germany, New Zealand, and the United States. He has been named a Distinguished Fellow of the Auckland University of Technology’s Faculty of Business and Law.
Education: Yale University (J.D., 1986); Princeton University (A.B. summa cum laude, 1982, from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs).