The Honorable David Carden

The Honorable David Carden

The Honorable David Carden

Ambassador (Ret.) David Carden returned to Jones Day in 2014 after serving as the first resident U.S. Ambassador to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). He is Partner-in-Charge of Asia and is responsible for the Firm's offices and practices in the region.

As U.S. Ambassador, David oversaw the broadening engagement of the United States in Southeast Asia, which included the Obama Administration's 2011 "pivot" or "rebalance" to the region. Based in the U.S. Mission to ASEAN in Jakarta, he traveled throughout ASEAN's 10 member states and Asia. His responsibilities included supporting ASEAN as it moves toward economic integration in 2015 and advocating for the systemic changes necessary to promote peaceful and prosperous growth in the region.

Under his leadership, the U.S. Mission addressed the issues inherent in realizing ASEAN's aspirations, including economic development, trade liberalization, intellectual property protection, developing the rule of law and more effective governance, pandemic prevention and preparedness, providing more effective responses to natural disasters, advancing health care and educational opportunities, addressing human and wildlife trafficking, terrestrial and maritime environmental protection, managing the region's fisheries and natural resources, responding to deforestation and climate change, food and water security, advancing programs to increase the resilience of ASEAN's people and institutions, promoting historical and cultural preservation, and focusing on sustainable cities. He worked to build alliances in the region, including facilitating efforts by the embassies of countries in the European Union and Latin America in their engagement with ASEAN.

The U.S. Mission to ASEAN, which tripled in size during David's tenure, encouraged better decision making in both the ASEAN Member States and in the region. To this end, he hired the first ever science advisor to be posted in an American embassy or mission and advocated successfully for the creation of an ASEAN Fulbright Scholarship Program. The Mission also created an ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellows Program.

Prior to his Ambassadorship, David was a partner in the Firm's New York Office where he co-chaired the Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement Practice. He has represented clients in some of the largest securities fraud class actions ever litigated, including the defense of Lehman Brothers in the Enron Litigation and Union Excess in the In Re AIG Securities Litigation. He is experienced in the defense of claims involving derivatives, options, auction rate securities, commodities, and exchange-traded and over-the-counter foreign currencies. David was special litigation counsel in the Lehman Brothers Holding Bankruptcy and was responsible for coordinating the defense of litigation brought in England, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, the Netherland Antilles, and Barbados.

David has conducted discovery pursuant to the Hague Convention and Letters Rogatory and defended and prosecuted claims and conducted investigations for and against entities and individuals in Indonesia, Singapore, China, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries.