Amb. (r.) David Huebner established his independent arbitrator practice in December 2016. He previously worked at Arnold & Porter LLP in Los Angeles (2014-2016), Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP in Shanghai (2006-2009), and Coudert Brothers LLP in various offices (1992-2005). He was a partner in the arbitration, intellectual property, and public international law practices of the firms. He began his career as an associate at Irell & Manella LLP (1987-1992) handling patent and other intellectual property arbitration and litigation matters in the technology and life sciences sectors. Over the course of his career he has been regularly listed on a variety of “best” practitioners lists in his fields of practice.
He held a number of administrative and executive positions in his law firms, including as chairman and c.e.o. of Coudert Brothers, managing partner of Coudert’s Los Angeles office, and founding managing partner of Sheppard Mullin’s Shanghai office.
During a hiatus in practice from 2009 to early 2014, he served as the American Ambassador to New Zealand and the Independent State of Samoa, appointed by President Barack Obama. He was widely acknowledged to be an effective and influential diplomat and received a variety of awards for his dispute resolution, public engagement, and science and technology work, including the U.S. Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award, Public Affairs Asia’s Gold Standard Award, and a Royal Society of New Zealand’s illuminated manuscript honor. The Smithsonian Institution took certain of his papers and artifacts into its permanent collection of American history.
He has been a guest lecturer at universities in the United States, China, New Zealand, and Germany. Most recently, in 2016 he taught a full-semester course in intellectual property law and policy at the University of California – Los Angeles School of Law. From 1999 to 2007 he taught full-semester courses in international arbitration, international intellectual property, and international business transactions at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.
Amb. Huebner chaired the California Law Revision Commission under both Governors Davis and Schwarzenegger.