Dawn Yamane Hewett is a multi-lingual arbitration and litigation advocate with over a decade of experience successfully representing clients in complex investment treaty and commercial arbitrations, multi-jurisdiction litigations, and high-stakes government investigations. She represents and advises sovereign governments, state-owned enterprises, and private parties with disputes from all around the world, including Latin America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. She has particularly deep experience in investor-state arbitrations, including those administered by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and under other international arbitration rules. Ms. Hewett also represents clients in investigations by the federal government and in litigation in federal courts, including the Supreme Court. Her U.S. matters have involved everything from criminal and civil antitrust, bribery, obstruction of justice, intellectual property, to international trade.
A graduate of Yale Law School and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Ms. Hewett lectures frequently on international law, international arbitration, anti-corruption/FCPA, trade, and other topics, having spoken at industry conferences around the world and at universities such as Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, George Washington University, American University, Seton Hall University, University of Miami, University of Washington, and Universidad de Costa Rica. In 2019, she was named Seton Hall Law School’s Distinguished Practitioner of International Law.
Prior to joining Quinn Emanuel, Ms. Hewett was Deputy General Counsel for Strategic Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she handled a broad range of legal issues for the Department, including anti-corruption, commercial rule of law, appellate litigation, trade and investment, intellectual property, export controls, and digital economy issues. Ms. Hewett also served as a law clerk for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and worked at another global law firm in DC. Throughout her career, her pro bono legal work has spanned everything from immigration, voting rights and elections law, non-profit law, civil rights, constitutional law, to public international law matters. Prior to her legal career, Ms. Hewett worked at the Princeton Project on National Security and at Front Line, the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders. She also worked at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Sierra Leone, worked on a transnational justice project related to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and founded and directed a legal assistance program, which continues to aid the work of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (Khmer Rouge Tribunal).
Ms. Hewett holds degrees from Yale Law School, Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Trinity College Dublin, and the University of Washington. She is the President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of D.C. and just finished a three-year term on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law. She is also a Harry S. Truman Scholar, George J. Mitchell Scholar, U.S.-Japan Leadership Program Fellow, U.S.-Japan Council Leader, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Leadership Advancement Fellow, and Truman National Security Project Fellow. In 2014, she was awarded the NAPABA Best Lawyers Under 40 Award.
Ms. Hewett is fluent in English, Japanese, and Spanish and proficient in Portuguese, with reading ability in French.