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Former U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa David Huebner Joins Arnold & Porter's Los Angeles Office

April 21, 2014

LOS ANGELES, April 21, 2014 -- Arnold & Porter LLP announced today that the outgoing U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, David Huebner, has joined the firm as a partner in its international arbitration, public international law, and national security practices.  Resident in the Los Angeles office, he will focus on international commercial arbitration, trade, and investments with an emphasis on intellectual property-intensive industries as well as energy, infrastructure, and construction projects.

Prior to his appointment, Ambassador (ret.) Huebner spent two decades in international law practice in the Asia Pacific region, most recently heading the international dispute resolution and China practices of an Am Law 100 firm from an office that he established in Shanghai.  He has chaired a major international law firm, managed legal matters in more than three dozen jurisdictions around the world, and represented clients before tribunals of arbitral institutions including the ICC, ICDR, and CIETAC.  He is a Fellow of the London-based Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

In addition to international dispute resolution, Ambassador Huebner has extensive experience in cross-border regulatory matters, corporate compliance, supply chain, cyber security, and trade matters.  His work has included the representation of governments and corporations in the technology, entertainment/media, telecommunications, natural resources, pharmaceutical, and government contracting sectors.  His prior government service has included chairing the California Law Revision Commission under two Governors and serving as special assistant to a Member of the lower house of the Japanese Diet.

“With a unique legal career that includes an exceptional record of public service and significant international dispute resolution and commercial law experience, David’s background is an ideal complement to our firm, adding further depth to our international practice,” said Arnold & Porter Chairman Thomas H. Milch. 

Ambassador Huebner joins a leading international arbitration practice that has been recognized for its global reach and strength representing companies and individuals, as well as sovereign States and state-owned companies and entities, in commercial and investor-State arbitrations, before diverse international arbitral institutions worldwide, and under a wide variety of arbitral rules.

“David’s expertise in international commercial arbitration and his skill at handling disputes in a number of geographically diverse regions, including Southeast Asia, China, Mexico, Switzerland, and Germany, will be a great advantage for our multinational as well as sovereign clients,” said Arnold & Porter partner Paolo Di Rosa, head of the firm’s International Arbitration group.  “In addition, his arrival further expands our International Arbitration practice on the West Coast, and broadens our reach into the Asia Pacific.”  

“I am enthusiastic to join a firm with a prestigious international practice and an outstanding track record in helping international companies and foreign governments resolve disputes, comply with international and domestic laws, and successfully manage investments,” said Ambassador Huebner.  “I look forward to returning to private practice on the Pacific Rim and, teaming with my new colleagues, providing strategic international counsel that can benefit both existing and future clients of the firm.”

Ambassador Huebner earned his J.D. degree from Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal on Regulation. He received his A.B., summa cum laude, from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.  He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Auckland University of Technology Faculty of Business and Law.

Arnold & Porter LLP is an international law firm of nearly 800 lawyers with offices in Brussels, Denver, Houston, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D. C.  The firm, founded in 1946, maintains more than 25 practice areas spanning a broad spectrum of the law, with a primary focus on litigation, transactional matters, and regulatory issues.

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