Rivkin, David

David W. Rivkin


David W. Rivkin is co-chair of Debevoise ​​& Plimpton’s International Dispute Resolution Group and a litigation partner in Debevoise ​​& Plimpton’s New York and London offices. Rivkin has broad experience in the areas of international litigation and arbitration.

Rivkin is immediate past president of the International Bar Association (IBA), whose membership includes more than 55,000 members and 200 bar associations. He was the first American to serve in that position in 25 years. In the IBA, he previously served as chair of the Legal Practice Division, which includes more than 50 substantive committees, and of the Committee on Arbitration and ADR (Committee D).

Rivkin serves on the boards of arbitration institutions in Australia, Mumbai, and Mauritius, among others, and previously held leadership positions in the American Arbitration Association, London Court of International Arbitration, and Singapore and Stockholm Arbitration Centres.

He is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute, for which he is an advisor to the Restatement of the Law of International Arbitration, and a councillor to the Restatement of Foreign Relations Law. He held leadership positions within the ABA’s Litigation Section for 20 years, including five years as co-chair of the International Litigation Committee and a member of the section’s council and its director of divisions. He is a fellow of the London-based Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; a fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators; a member of the Commission on Settlement in International Arbitration of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution; a member of the Centro Internacional de Arbitraje, Mediacion y Negociacion of the Instituto Universitario de Estudios Europeas, Universidad de San Pablo in Madrid; and a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Commonwealth Climate Law Initiative.

Rivkin is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was appointed by the U.S. State and Commerce Departments to be a founding member of the NAFTA Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes. He is a member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law and a member of the Sanctions Subcommittee of the Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy. He is also a trustee of the Magna Carta Trust and a member of the Board of British American Business.

Rivkin graduated from Yale University in 1977 with a BA magna cum laude in history, and received a JD from Yale in 1980. From 1980 to 1981, he served as law clerk to the Hon. Luther M. Swygert, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He has been with Debevoise ​​& Plimpton ever since.