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Hewett, Dawn Yamane

Dawn Yamane Hewett

Partner

dawnhewett@quinnemanuel.com
Direct Tel: +1 202-538-8288
Washington, D.C.
Tel: +1 202 538 8000 Fax: +1 202 538 8100

Dawn Yamane Hewett is a Partner in the firm’s Global International Arbitration and Investigations Practices.  Ms. Hewett draws on decades of experience in policy and international affairs, including 15 years of experience in complex investment treaty and commercial arbitrations, multi-jurisdiction litigations, and high-stakes government investigations.  Given her multi-lingual abilities and extensive cross-cultural experiences across five continents, she regularly represents clients with disputes from around the world, maintaining a particular focus on U.S., Latin American, and Asian disputes.  Ms. Hewett has extensive experience in investment treaty and commercial arbitrations, including those administered by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and under other arbitral rules.  Her clients and matters span a broad range of industries, including renewable energy, natural resources, transportation, infrastructure, hospitality, manufacturing, consumer goods, and financial services.  

Ms. Hewett also represents clients in government and internal investigations and in litigation in administrative hearings and in federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.  Her U.S. matters have involved everything from national security reviews, criminal and civil antitrust, bribery, obstruction of justice, consumer protection, and international trade.  She has represented clients before the U.S. Federal Trade Commission; U.S. Departments of Justice, Commerce, Treasury, and State; and the U.S. Trade Representative.  As a seasoned trial attorney in numerous bet-the-company disputes with a deep understanding of government agencies and policymaking, Ms. Hewett provides clients with strategic advice at all stages of investigations and disputes.  

Ms. Hewett is fluent in English, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese, with reading ability in French.  She frequently employs her language skills in both her arbitration and investigations practices.

Prior to joining Quinn Emanuel, Ms. Hewett was the Deputy General Counsel for Strategic Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she helped to lead a 400+ person legal department and 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, sanctions, ethics, Congressional investigations and oversight, tax regulations, data privacy, 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.  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 in international public policy, including at the Princeton Project on National Security;  Front Line, an international non-profit based in Dublin, Ireland focused on the protection of human rights defenders; and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Sierra Leone.  She also led the research and writing of policy recommendations concerning the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which she presented to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, U.S. Congress, U.S. State Department, and the officials in the DRC government.  Later she founded and directed a special legal research program that continues to aid the work of the Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (U.N. Khmer Rouge Tribunal).

Given her expertise in international law and policy, Ms. Hewett is a sought-after speaker on international law, international arbitration, international investment, anti-corruption/FCPA, and trade, having spoken at industry conferences around the world and at universities across the U.S., Latin America, and Asia. Ms. Hewett has also provided multi-day intensive trainings to government officials on investment treaty and international commercial arbitration, mediation, settlement, and ethics.  In 2019, she was named Seton Hall Law School’s Distinguished Practitioner of International Law.

Ms. Hewett holds advanced degrees from Yale Law School, Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs, and Trinity College Dublin, and undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington.  In her junior year, she was the Student Body President at the University of Washington, representing 36,000 undergraduate and graduate students to the administration and state legislature, and sat on the Board of Regents.  Decades later, she continued her leadership in the legal field as President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of D.C. and currently she is a National Co-Facilitator of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Leadership Advancement Program, a program targeted at rising mid-career AAPI leaders in the legal field.  She has also served on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and is a Council Leader of the U.S.-Japan Council.  She has been recognized as a Harry S. Truman Scholar, George J. Mitchell Scholar, U.S.-Japan Leadership Program Fellow, NAPABA Leadership Advancement Fellow, and Truman National Security Project Fellow.  Her leadership has been recognized by Women We Admire, which named her one of the Top 50 Women Leaders in Law for 2022.  She was awarded the NAPABA Best Lawyers Under 40 Award in 2014, and has been recognized by publications such as Washington DC Super Lawyers, Lawdragon 500 Global Litigation, and Legal 500 for International Arbitration.  

  • Republic of Korea
  • Republic of Panama
  • Republic of Guatemala
  • Republic of Venezuela
  • Republic of Dominican Republic
  • Republic of Chile
  • State-owned power company in Central America
  • Shareholders of Integradora de Servicios Petroleros Oro Negro
  • Creditors of TP Ferro Concesionaria S.A., and the insolvency administrator of the company
  • B-Mex, LLC and various U.S. investors
  • Compañía Mineral Orlandini
  • HomeAdvisor
  • NGK Sparkplugs
  • Hitachi Automotive
  • Yamashita Rubber
  • Casinos Austria
  • Club Hotel Loutraki
  • Avon Products
  • OPI Products
  • Various private equity funds 
  • Various multinational companies and investors in the renewable energy, consumer products, telecommunications, digital platforms, marketplaces, and financial services fields

International Arbitration

  • Counsel to a group of creditors of TP Ferro Concesionaria S.A., and the insolvency administrator of the company, in an ad hoc international arbitration against the Kingdom of Spain and the Republic of France relating to the termination of a public railway concession to build, own, and operate a high-speed railway between the two countries. (Case conducted in Spanish and French).
  • Counsel to B-Mex and various other U.S. claimants in a NAFTA ICSID Facility Rules investment treaty arbitration against Mexico concerning the gaming industry. B-Mex, LLC and Others v. United Mexican States, ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/16/3 (Case conducted in Spanish and English).
  • Counsel to Julio-Miguel Orlandini-Agreda and Compañía Mineral Orlandini in a pending UNCITRAL arbitration against Bolivia under the U.S. -Bolivia Bilateral Investment Treaty involving mining rights. The Estate of Julio Miguel Orlandini-Agreda and Compañía Minera Orlandini Ltda.  V. Bolivia, PCA Case No. 2018-39 (Case conducted in Spanish and English).
  • Counsel to Julio-Miguel Orlandini-Agreda and Compañía Mineral Orlandini in related section 1782 discovery applications in the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of Virginia, obtaining favorable discovery for use in arbitration. 
  • Counsel to the Shareholders of Integradora de Servicios Petroleros Oro Negro in a pending UNCITRAL arbitration against Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) involving the oil sector in Mexico.  Alicia Grace and others v. United Mexican States, ICSID Case No. UNCT/18/4 (Case conducted in Spanish and English).
  • Counsel to the Republic of Korea in a pending ICSID arbitration under the U.S.-Korea Bilateral Investment Treaty involving a claim of $4.7 billion filed by LSF-KEB Holdings SCA et al involving the Lone Star funds and relating to bank regulation and taxation matters. Concluded favorably, with the investor awarded less than 5% of the total damages sought.  LSF-KEB Holdings SCA and others v. Republic of Korea (ICSID Case No. ARB/12/37).
  • Counsel to the Republic of Panama in a US$ 413 million claim under the U.S.-Panama bilateral investment treaty involving a purported investment in hydro-electric power plant project. Successfully achieved dismissal of the case and an award of costs. Transglobal Green Energy, LLC and Transglobal Green Energy de Panama, S.A. v. Republic of Panama (ICSID Case No. ARB/13/28).
  • Counsel for the Republic of Guatemala in the first ever international arbitration filed under the auspices of CAFTA and the first ever ICSID arbitration filed against Guatemala. Railroad Development Corporation (RDC) v. Republic of Guatemala (ICSID Case No. ARB/07/23).  
  • Counsel for the Republic of Panama in the first ever international ICSID arbitration filed against it by several U.S.-based investors under the auspices of the bilateral investment treaty between the U.S. and the Republic of Panama involving a claim arising from allegations that certain Panamanian tax credits were not honored. Obtained a complete victory for client and a multi-million-dollar award of costs and fees. Nations Energy, Inc. y otros c. República de Panamá (ICSID Case No. ARB/06/19).  (Case conducted in Spanish only). 
  • Counsel for the Republic of Panamá in U.S. District Court and bankruptcy court for the confirmation and enforcement of an arbitral award entered in its favor. 
  • Counsel for Austrian and Greek investors in an ICSID arbitration filed against the Republic of Serbia regarding the gaming industry. Case settled on favorable terms to the client. Club Hotel Loutraki S.A. and Casinos Austria International Holding GMBH v. Republic of Serbia (ICSID Case No. ARB/11/4).
  • Counsel for a Central American state-owned power company in an UNCITRAL ad hoc arbitration against a foreign investor regarding breach of contract claims.

Investigations

  • Counsel to companies in various industries, providing diversity audits and identifying legal risks and opportunities to the Board, CEO, and other stakeholders.
  • Counsel to a foreign company in responding to a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Commerce concerning alleged potential national security risks.
  • Counsel to a Fortune 500 company under investigation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for alleged violations of consumer protection laws.
  • Counsel to a Fortune 500 company in responding to a civil investigative demand from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission regarding anticompetitive conduct. 
  • Counsel to several Japanese senior-level executives facing possible indictment for criminal antitrust violations and obstruction of justice in three separate auto parts antitrust investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice and Japanese Fair Trade Commission.
  • Counsel to a Fortune 250 global company involving an investigation into potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations by the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Interim regional compliance counsel (secondment) in the Europe, Middle East and Africa Division and later the Asia/Pacific Rim Division of a Fortune 250 global company in the household and personal care products industry. 
  • Counsel to various companies regarding compliance with U.S. domestic consumer protection laws such as the California Transparency in Supply Chain Act and the Anti-Trafficking Federal Acquisition Rules (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Rules (DFARS) combating trafficking in persons.
  • Yale Law School
    (J.D., 2008)
    • Olin Fellow in Law and Economics
    • Yale Journal of International Law:
      • Executive Editor; Articles Editor 
    • Yale Law and Policy Review
      • Editor 
  • Princeton University
    (M.P.A., with Distinction, 2005)
    • Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow
    • Harry S. Truman Scholar
  • Trinity College Dublin
    (M. Phil., Ethnic and Racial Studies, First Class Honours, 2002)
    (Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics) 
    • George J. Mitchell Scholar
  • University of Washington
    (B.A., International Studies, with Distinction, 2000)
    (B.A., Political Science, 2000) 
  • (Certificate in Transatlantic Studies)
  • (Certificate in Political Economy)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Student Body President, 1997-98

 

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals:
    • Ninth Circuit
    • District of Columbia Circuit
  • English
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • United States Department of Commerce:
    • Deputy General Counsel for Strategic Initiatives, 2014-2017
  • Arnold & Porter, LLP:
    • Associate, 2008-2009; 2010-2014
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown:
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2009-2010

 

  • Top 50 Women Leaders in Law, 2022
  • Recognized as a Recommended Lawyer in International Arbitration by Legal 500 USA, 2022
  • Selected to the Lawdragon 500 Global Litigation Lawyers Guide, 2021
  • Named to Washington DC Super Lawyers Rising Stars List, International Law, 2020
  • Selected as Seton Hall Law School’s Distinguished Practitioner of International Law, 2019
  • Named “Best Under 40” by National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 2014

Lectures

  • “The History and Trends of Global Anti-Corruption and Corruption Claims in Investment Treaty Arbitration,” Guest Lecturer, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 30, 2022.
  • “President Biden’s Pro-Integrity Policy and the Implications of USMCA Chapter 27 (Anti-Corruption) / La política Pro-Integridad del Presidente Biden y las implicaciones del Capítulo 27 (anticorrupción) del TMEC,” Panelist, American Chamber Mexico, Mexico City, Nov. 14, 2022.
  • “The Seven Deadly Sins of International Arbitration: What To Avoid To Be Effective,” Presenter, QE Academy, Washington, DC, Nov. 10, 2022.
  • Series of presentations and interactive workshops to officials from various government agencies on investment treaty obligations, investor-state disputes, international commercial arbitration, arbitral procedure, mediation, settlement, and ethics, Expert Faculty, U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), Malé, Maldives, March 27-31, 2022.
  • International Arbitration Skills Master Class, American Bar Association (ABA), Cross-Examination and Redirect of Expert Witnesses, Faculty, May 6, 2021.
  • “Reconceiving America’s Global Role in the Biden Era: International Perspectives in Asia,” Moderator, American Society of International Law, Mar. 18, 2021.
  • “What Japanese Companies Can Expect Under the Biden Administration,” Featured Speaker, Quinn Emanuel Tokyo Office Seminar, February 5, 2021.
  • “The Latest in International Trade and Investment” Panelist, George Washington University, October 13, 2020.
  • “Racial Inequality, Police Reform, and Allyship Between the Asian American Community and the Black Community,” Moderator, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Greater Washington DC,  June 25, 2020.
  • A Melting Arctic: Can International Law Prevent Conflict and Promote Sustainable Use of this New Frontier?,” Panelist, Frontiers: Emerging Spaces for International Law, Mar. 13, 2020 (speaking on trade and navigation).
  • “International Arbitration Amidst Asia’s Rising Global Economic Preeminence,” Panelist, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Annual Convention, Austin, TX, Nov. 8, 2019.
  • “What’s in a Trade War? Tariffs, WTO Litigation, and the Impact on Private Actors Explained,” Panelist, George Washington University, Oct. 23, 2019.
  • “Governance, Leadership, and Succession Planning,” Panelist, DC Bar Leadership Event, Oct. 23, 2019.
  • “A Conversation with Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ Antitrust Division,” Host/Moderator, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of DC Annual Gala, Sept. 26, 2019.
  • “President’s Remarks,” Speaker, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of DC Annual Gala, Washington DC, Sept. 26, 2019.
  • “Corruption After Establishment: Should It Disqualify Otherwise Meritorious Claims?” Panelist, 13th Annual Juris Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference, Washington DC, Apr. 8, 2019.
  • “Fragmentation in International Data Protection Law,” Moderator, American Society of International Law Annual Meeting, Washington DC, Mar. 28, 2019.
  • “Substantive Protections in Investment Treaties,” Guest Lecturer, Seton Hall Law School, Newark, NJ, Mar. 14, 2019.
  • “The Global Fight Against Corruption,” Keynote Address as Seton Hall 2019 Distinguished Practitioner of International Law, Newark, NJ, Mar. 13, 2019.
  • “The Role of Diplomacy in Investment Treaty Disputes: Consideration for Investors,” Panelist, Sin Límites Conference: Law & Business at the Gateway to the Americas, University of Miami, Miami, FL, Feb. 9, 2019.
  • “Women in International Law Careers,” Panelist, American Society of International Law, Panelist, Aug. 9, 2018.
  • “Careers in International Law,”Panelist, George Washington Law School, International Law Society, Mar. 14, 2018.
  • “Current State of Trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP),” Panelist, U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference, Washington, DC, Nov. 12, 2017.
  • “The Role of International Economic Agreements in Promoting International Law Values,” Panelist, Biennial Conference of the Latin American Network of International Economic Law, San José, Costa Rica, Sept. 8, 2017.
  • “Combating Voter ID Laws and Efforts to Restrict Access to the Ballot Box,” Panelist, U.S.-Japan Leadership Program Annual Conference, Tokyo, Japan, July 24, 2017.
  • “At Your Doorstep: Regulators Reach Regional, National, and International Borders,” Panelist, 35th Global Legal Compliance Confex, Washington, DC, Apr. 26, 2017.
  • “Asian Pacific American Trailblazers: Between Two Worlds,” Panelist, Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA), Georgetown Law School, Mar. 6, 2017.
  • “Incentives for Cross-Border Energy Sector Investment,” Panelist, Indo-Asia Connectivity for Shared Prosperity Conference, Kolkata, India, Dec. 14, 2016.
  • “International Law and Government Service,” Panelist, American Society of International Law Midyear Meeting, Seattle, WA, Nov. 12, 2016.
  • “Cross-Border Data Flows and the Digital Economy,” Panelist, American Society of International Law International Trade Seminar, Seattle, WA, Nov. 10, 2016.
  • “Private Sector Roundtable on Cuba in Advance of the U.S.-Cuba Regulatory Dialogue,” Host/Moderator, Washington DC, Feb./Oct./Nov. 2016.
  • “Achieving Diversity in the Workplace,” Panelist, U.S.-Japan Leadership Program Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, July 18, 2016.
  • “Anti-Corruption and Transparency in India Roundtable,” Host/Moderator, American Chamber of 
  • Commerce in India, New Delhi, India, Oct. 30, 2015.
  • “Fifth U.S.-China Transnational Bribery Dialogue” under the auspices of the U.S.-China Ninth Joint Liaison Group Anti-Corruption Working Group, a bilateral law enforcement dialogue led by the U.S. Justice and State Departments, Host/Moderator, Washington DC, Oct. 27, 2014.
  • “Evolution of Substantive Protections in Bilateral Investment Treaties and Investment Agreements,” Guest Lecturer, American University International Arbitration Summer Program, Jun. 2, 2014.
  • “International Anti-Corruption Enforcement by the United States,” Speaker, Center for Latin American Issues, George Washington University, Washington DC, May 1, 2012.
  • “Law Firm Interviewing: Early Interview Program  Tips,” Harvard University, Panelist, Cambridge, MA, Apr. 17, 2012.
  • “The Genocide Convention as a Failed Experiment in Prevention: Toward a New Regime for Preventing Genocide and Mass Killings,” Speaker, Yale Law Teaching Series, New Haven, CT, Apr. 16, 2008.

Articles

  •  Investment Treaty Arbitration in the Americas, Global Arbitration Review, Oct. 13, 2020 (with David M Orta, Lucas Loviscek, Julianne Jaquith, and Woo Yong Chung).
  • Dawn Yamane Hewett, “Japanese Companies Need to Pay Attention: Regulatory Changes Are Coming From Biden,” The National Law Journal, April 16, 2020. (English) (Japanese).
  • “Arbitration in Japan,” International Arbitration, American Bar Association, International Legal Developments Year in Review: 2019, Vol. 53 (with Julianne Jaquith)
  •  “Damages in International Arbitration: Understanding the Theories and Methods of Damages Valuation and Compensation,” International Arbitration in the United States, Kluwer Law International, 2017 (with Mara Senn).
  • “Third Party Funding in Singapore and Hong Kong,”
     International Arbitration, American Bar Association, International Legal Developments Year in Review: 2017, Vol. 52 (with Julianne Jaquith).
  • An Introduction: Charting New Frontiers in International Law,” Proceedings of the 2016 American Society of International Law Annual Meeting, v. 110 (with Tendayi Achiume and Ina Popova).
  • “How To Approach The New Anti-Human Trafficking Rule,” Government Contracts Law360. Also ran in Aerospace & Defense Law360 and Employment Law360, Oct. 17, 2013 (with Kristen E. Ittig and Samuel M. Witten.
  •  “The New 2012 U.S. Model BIT: Staying the Course,” Yearbook on International Investment Law and Policy, 2012-2013 (with Paolo Di Rosa).
  •  “Executive Order Introduces Stricter Anti-Human Trafficking Requirements for Government Contractors and Subcontractors,” Federal Contracts Report, Oct. 23, 2012 (with John B. Bellinger III, Kristen E. Ittig, Samuel M. Witten).
  • “Lessons Learned from FCPA Enforcement Action Against Medical Device Company Smith & Nephew,” BNA’s White Collar Crime Report, Mar. 9, 2012 (with Keith M. Korenchuk, Samuel M. Witten).
  • “The Unavoidability of Uncertainty: One Lesson from the Recent U.S. Court Ruling in Argentina v. BG Group,” Kluwer Arbitration Blog, January 27, 2012 (with Jean Kalicki).
  •  “Anti-Corruption Compliance: Avoiding Liability for the Actions of Third Parties,” Financial Fraud Law Report, Jul./Aug. 2011 (with Keith M. Korenchuk and Samuel M. Witten).
  •  “Tyson Foods Agrees to Pay $5.2 Million in Penalties to Settle Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Probe Into Bribery Payments Made to Mexican Food Safety Official,” Latin American Law & Business Report. Also ran in North American Free Trade & Investment Report, Feb. 2011  (with Keith M. Korenchuk and Samuel M. Witten).
  • Dawn Y. Yamane Hewett. “Sudan’s Courts and Complementarity in the Face of Darfur,” 31 Yale J. Int’l L. 276, 2006.
  • “Report of the Working Group on State Security and Transnational Threats,” Princeton Project on National Security, 2005 (with David Fidler, Laurie Garrett, Peter Bergen).
  • American Society of International Law (ASIL)
    • Executive Council (2016-2019)
    • Honors Committee Member (2016-2017)
    • Co-Chair, 2016 ASIL Annual Meeting (2015-2016)
    • Program Committee Member, 2015 ASIL Annual Meeting (2014-2015)
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
    • Co-Facilitator of the NAPABA Leadership Advancement Program (2021-present)
    • Leadership Advancement Program Fellow (2018-present
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington D.C. Region (APABA-DC)
    • Lifetime Member (since 2021)
    • President (2019-2020)
    • Women’s Forum Co-Chair (2017-2019)
    • Judicial Nominations Committee (2019-2021)
    • Board of Directors (2017-2021)
  • U.S.-Japan Leadership Program (USJLP)
    • Fellow (2017-present)
    • Delegate (2016-2017)
  • U.S.-Japan Council (USJC)
    • Council Member (2014-present)
  • Truman National Security Project
    • Fellow (2005-present)
  • Polaris Project Japan (anti-trafficking non-profit in Japan)
    • Board Member (2012-2013)
  • Ahmsa Colombia (anti-poverty non-profit in Colombia)
    • Advisory Board Member (2010-2014)
  • For the Love of Children (literacy non-profit in Washington, DC)
    • Board member (2008-2009)
  • Girls on the Run, Washington, DC (girls empowerment organization)
    • Head Coach and Team Founder (2021)
    • Co-Head Coach (2022-present)
  • American Bar Association
  • International Bar Association