David W. Rivkin is a partner in the New York and London offices of Debevoise & Plimpton and Co-Chair of the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Group. He practices primarily in the areas of international litigation and arbitration. He is The Immediate Past President of the International Bar Association (IBA), and was the first American to serve as President of the IBA in 25 years.
Subjects of arbitrations handled by Mr. Rivkin include long-term energy concessions, investment treaties, joint venture agreements, insurance coverage, construction contracts, distribution agreements, and insurance coverage. Mr. Rivkin also represents companies in transnational litigation in the United States, including the enforcement of arbitral awards and arbitration agreements.
Mr. Rivkin was elected to The American Law Institute in 1997 and to the ALI Council in 2009. He chairs ALI’s advisory group on international members and serves as one of eight Counselors for the Restatement of the Law Fourth, The Foreign Relations Law of the United States. He is also an Adviser on the Restatement of the Law, The U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration project. Previously he was an Adviser on the Transnational Rules of Civil Procedure project. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Yale.