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Amb. (ret.) DAVID HUEBNER, C.Arb, FCIArb, FCollArb


David Huebner has more than 30 years’ experience as an arbitrator and advocate in international, investment, and complex commercial arbitrations. He is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, has been designated a Chartered Arbitrator by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and has been named to numerous distinguished practitioner lists, including SVAMC’s “Tech List” of the world’s most accomplished technology neutrals.

He has particular expertise in technology, life sciences, investment, and energy disputes but has handled matters across a wide range of industry sectors, legal issues, and geographic regions. Currently resident in California, he hears cases internationally and has been based for extended periods in Tokyo, Shanghai, London, and New York.

His diverse professional background informs his approach to decision-making, process, and efficiency. In addition to practicing law as a partner in firms in the AmLaw 100, he has served as U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, founding chief representative of a law office in China, chair and CEO of an international law firm, chair of the California Law Revision Commission, and IP adviser to a member of Japan’s National Diet.

Amb. Huebner has extensive experience conducting remote hearings and mediation sessions and is fluent in Zoom, Webex, Microsoft Teams, and similar platforms.

Recent News & Upcoming Events

  • The CPR Institute has honored Amb. Huebner with its Outstanding Contribution to Diversity in ADR Award in recognition of his full-spectrum inclusiveness efforts in arbitration practice and arbitral institutions.
  • On 9 February 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Amb. Huebner to the California Law Revision Commission.  Amb. Huebner previously chaired the Commission as an appointee of Govs. Davis & Schwarzenegger.
  • On 1 March 2022, Amb. Huebner will speak on a USCIB/ICC USA webinar titled “The Room Where It Happens: How Successful International Tribunals Deliberate and Avoid Dysfunction.”
  • On 16 March 2022,  Amb. Huebner will speak on two panels at California International Arbitration Week — a CCA panel on nuances of arbitration in California, and a CIArb panel on the interaction of local courts with international arbitral proceedings.
  • On 17 March 2022, Amb. Huebner will moderate a panel on dispute resolution developments in rapidly evolving sectors of the entertainment industry at the annual USC/JAMS International Arbitration Symposium, in Los Angeles.