Dawn Yamane Hewett is an arbitration and litigation advocate with a decade of experience successfully representing clients in complex investment treaty and commercial international arbitrations, litigations, and government investigations. She represents both investors and sovereign governments in international disputes all around the world, including in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. She has particularly deep experience in investor-state arbitrations, including those administered by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Ms. Hewett also has experience representing clients in matters involving federal bribery, criminal antitrust, and obstruction of justice statutes.
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, digital economy, responsible business conduct, and a number of presidential initiatives. Prior to her appointment to government, Ms. Hewett practiced at a large, international law firm in the international arbitration and white collar practice groups. 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. 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, founded and directed a program assisting the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (Khmer Rouge Tribunal), and conducted a year-long policy project writing a transitional justice policy recommendation concerning the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Ms. Hewett is a graduate of Yale Law School, Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Trinity College Dublin, and the University of Washington. She is on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and is the Women’s Forum Co-Chair for the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of D.C. (APABA-DC). She is also a U.S.-Japan Leadership Program Fellow, U.S.-Japan Council Leader and Program Development Committee member, and Truman National Security Project Fellow. In 2014, she was awarded the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Best Lawyers Under 40 Award.
Ms. Hewett is fluent in Japanese and Spanish and proficient in Portuguese with reading ability in French.