David W. Bowker is a partner in the firm's Litigation/Controversy Department. He is the chair of the firm’s International Litigation/Controversy Working Group and is a member of the Business Trial, Government and Regulatory Litigation, and International Arbitration Practice Groups. He joined the firm in 2002 after serving as an attorney-adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the US Department of State.
Mr. Bowker has represented US and foreign companies, multi-nationals, foreign states, and non-profit organizations before international arbitration tribunals, state and federal trial courts, courts of appeal and the US Supreme Court.
He has particular experience handling complex commercial disputes, class action litigations, international and multi-jurisdictional matters, post-war reparations and restitution programs, art and antiquities claims, constitutional challenges to state and federal statutes, investor-state disputes and other sovereign-related matters.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Bowker worked as an attorney-adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the US Department of State, where he advised the Legal Adviser and other senior officials regarding the law of war in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, defended the Department in administrative tribunals and US courts, and advised the Director General of the Foreign Service on ethics, privacy, medical issues, and personnel-related matters.
Mr. Bowker also served as a graduate intern on the staff of the National Security Council, where he specialized in counter-terrorism, peacekeeping operations and counter-international organized crime.