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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 managing partner 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 3-7 October 2022, Amb. Huebner lectured and tutored at a CIArb advanced international arbitration qualification course in São Paulo, Brazil.
  • On 14 October 2022, Amb. Huebner presented an update on court decisions related to virtual vs. in-person proceedings, at the College of Commercial Arbitrators’ annual meeting in Scottsdale, AZ.
  • On 5 November 2022, Amb. Huebner spoke on arbitrating domestic and transnational IP disputes, at the California Lawyers Association’s 46th Annual Intellectual Property Law Institute in Dana Point, CA.
  • On 7-11 November 2022, Amb. Huebner made several presentations in London on recent developments in international arbitration practice.
  • On 30 November 2022, Amb. Huebner presented at the 2022 Annual Summit on Commercial Dispute Resolution in China organized by the Beijing Arbitration Commission.
  • On 2-3 December 2022, Amb. Huebner will lecture and tutor at an advanced CIArb international arbitration course in San Francisco.