David B. Wilson
David B. Wilson

Member

Phone: 303.299.8382

Fax: 303.298.0940

dwilson@shermanhoward.com

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Legal Secretary

Diane Collier
303.299.8323

Areas of Emphasis

International Arbitration and Litigation

Litigation, Trials and Appeals

Intellectual Property Litigation

Education

  • Juris Doctor, with high honors, University of Texas School of Law, 1986
    • Order of the Coif
  • Bachelor of Arts, with highest honors, University of Texas, 1983
    • Plan II Honors Program; Phi Beta Kappa; Omicron Delta Kappa

David Wilson is an arbitration and litigation lawyer whose practice focuses on preventing, solving, and (as arbitrator) adjudicating business disputes in the U.S. and abroad. He is both a Colorado attorney and a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. He is the former Vice Chair of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, a member of the American Law Institute, and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Litigation Counsel of America, and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

His practice includes international arbitration (including disputes under ICC, ICDR, UNCITRAL, and other rules), international litigation in U.S. and foreign courts, and U.S. domestic federal and state court litigation. Overall, he has handled more than 200 cross-border matters, involving parties in 30 countries. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America, The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration, Expert Guides’ Best of the Best Global and Best of Best USAGuide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration, Colorado Super Lawyers, and 5280 (The Denver Magazine) Top Lawyers. As a trial lawyer, he won what was then reported to be Colorado’s largest jury verdict ($125.5 million).

He has served as an arbitrator (chair, panelist, and sole arbitrator) approximately 40 times in U.S. and international disputes, including cases under ICC, ICDR, AAA, and other rules. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Arbitrators (including Large Complex Case and Mergers and Acquisitions and Joint Venture Panels), the ICDR Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators, and the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield List of Arbitrators.

Both as an advocate and arbitrator, his cases usually concern complex disputes over breaches of contracts, breaches of representations and warranties, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, sales of goods, corporations, partnerships, securities, corporate governance, shareholder rights, accounting, business torts, intellectual property, online identity, and employment. Cases have involved diverse industries, such as manufacturing, distribution, oil and gas, oilfield services, renewable energy, e-commerce, credit card and electronic payment processing, broadband telecommunications, satellite launch services, and technology, among others.

Representative Matters

Litigation

  • Representing the defendant, a Colorado company, in patent infringement litigation in federal court in Delaware.
  • Representing the defendants, a Canadian company and its U.S. subsidiary, in parallel U.S. District Court and U.S. Bankruptcy Court litigation related to two asset sale transactions involving bankrupt companies in the election services industry.
  • Representing three defendants in class action shareholder litigation in the Delaware Chancery Court concerning the merger of two publicly-traded Colorado companies.
  • Representing a defendant in class action shareholder litigation in Colorado federal and state courts concerning the purchase of a publicly-traded Colorado company.
  • Representing the defendant, a Massachusetts company, in post-trial proceedings and in the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, on claims for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Representing the plaintiff, a Colorado company, on claims for breach of contract, trademark infringement, and deceptive trade practices against a former executive and his new company.
  • Representing the Colorado-based plaintiffs in a suit against a Hong Kong conglomerate for securities fraud, fraud, and breach of contract related to a cable television franchise in Hong Kong. After an 11 week jury trial, the plaintiffs won a $125.5 million jury verdict. Before trial, successfully defended interlocutory proceedings on defendants’ motion to compel arbitration in U.S. District Court, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. After trial, successfully defended the judgment in the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court, which affirmed 9-0. Through use of turnover and contempt proceedings, forced the defendants to post a supersedes bond pending appeal, which ensured that after the appeals were over, the plaintiffs would recover the $200 million in damages, interest, and attorneys’ fees to which they were entitled.
  • Representing the claimant and working with Panamanian counsel in a dispute under Panamanian law arising out of an investment in Panama.
  • Representing various defendants and working with Israeli counsel in a breach of fiduciary and minority shareholder rights lawsuit in the District Court of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel.
  • Representing the claimant, a Dutch company, and supervising and leading a team of English solicitors and barristers in a suit against a commercial and investment bank in the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, London. The case, in which there was approximately $2 billion in dispute, concerned the extent to which a bank may compete against its customer when the customer has provided the bank with confidential information about the customer’s business and business plans. The English Court of Appeal upheld a preliminary injunction in favor of the client, and barred the bank from disposing of an asset that the client contended was acquired in violation of the bank’s duties.

Arbitration (as advocate)

  • Representing the respondents in a CIArb Rules arbitration under English law involving claims for breach of a contract for services allegedly performed in multiple jurisdictions around the world.
  • Representing the claimant in an ICC arbitration under English law in a dispute with an English company over satellite launch services.
  • Representing the claimant and counterclaim-respondent in an ICC arbitration under New York law against the wholly-owned subsidiary of a Spanish company in a dispute involving a solar energy project.
  • Representing the respondent, a Wisconsin company, in a British Columbia International Arbitration Centre arbitration against a British Columbia company in a dispute under British Columbia law over software development.
  • Representing the claimant, a German company, in an ICC arbitration under German law against a California company in a dispute over chargeback fines in e-commerce transactions.
  • Representing the respondent and counterclaimant, a German company, in an ICC arbitration under German law against a California company in a dispute over electronic payment processing for e-commerce transactions.
  • Representing the claimant, a Colorado company, in an ICDR arbitration under New York law against a Mexican company in a dispute over a post-closing purchase price adjustment related to the sale of a broadband telecommunications system.
  • Representing the claimant, a Colorado company, in an ICC arbitration under English law against a Saudi Arabian company in a dispute related to an MMDS television project.
  • Representing the claimant, a California company, in a non-administered AAA Commercial Rules arbitration under New York law seeking a post-closing purchase price adjustment in connection with the sale of a biodiesel plant.
  • Representing a Texas company in multiple non-administered AAA Commercial Rules arbitrations for breach of contract under New York law against another Texas company related to the sale of natural gas assets, including claims for a post-closing working capital adjustment.
  • Representing the claimant, a Colorado company, in an AAA Commercial Rules arbitration for breach of contract under California law against a California company in a dispute arising from the sale of components for electric vehicles.

Arbitration (as arbitrator)

  • Acting as sole arbitrator in an AAA arbitration in a dispute under California law for breach of a loan agreement and guaranty.
  • Acting as panel chair in an ICDR arbitration in a dispute under Texas law between a multinational company and Taiwanese and U.S. companies on claims concerning parts manufactured for a power plant in Asia.
  • Acting as sole arbitrator in an ICDR arbitration in a dispute under Mexican law between a British Columbia company and a Texas company and its Mexican subsidiary on claims related to a mining venture in Mexico.
  • Acting as sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration in a dispute under Colorado law between a Colorado company and a Texas company on claims for breach of a contract for the sale of specialty chemicals.
  • Acting as sole arbitrator in an ICDR arbitration in a dispute under English law between a Singapore company and a Texas company on claims for breach of a contract for the sale of goods related to an offshore oil terminal in Asia.
  • Acting as sole arbitrator in an ICDR arbitration in a dispute between various individuals and an Ontario company on claims for breach of contract arising out of share purchase agreement involving a company in the healthcare industry.
  • Acting as a panel member in an AAA arbitration in a dispute under Colorado law between the members of a Colorado limited liability company over amounts owed to a withdrawing member.
  • Acting as panel member in an AAA arbitration in a dispute under North Carolina law regarding contracts for the sale of coal.
Professional Activities
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Director, Biennial of the Americas
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Member, Executive Committee, North American Branch; Chair, Rocky Mountain Chapter)
  • Member, Christian Legal Society
  • Member, The Federalist Society
  • Member, ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR (Vice Chair (2013-2017) Co-Chair, Task Force on Expertise; Co-Chair, Task Force on the Use of Information Technology in Arbitration)
  • Member, International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
  • Member, International, American, Colorado & Denver Bar Associations
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Chair, U.S. Council for International Business Arbitration Committee, Rocky Mountain Subcommittee
  • Admitted Colorado, 1986
  • Admitted England and Wales, 2013
  • Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
Honors and Awards
  • Top Lawyer (International)
    5280 Magazine
    2015 – Present
  • Best Lawyers in America (Arbitration)
    2017 – Present
  • Colorado Super Lawyer (Business Litigation)
    Super Lawyers
    2006 – Present
  • Euromoney’s Expert Guides’ Best of the Best Global (Commercial Arbitration)
    2019 – Present
  • Euromoney’s Expert Guides’ Best of the Best USA (Commercial Arbitration)
    2017 – Present
  • Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration
    2007 – Present
  • International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration
    2009 – Present
  • Business Litigation Lawyer of the Year – Colorado
    ACQ Magazine Awards for Excellence
    2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
Publications and Presentations

Recent Publications

  • An Updated Overview of Issues to Consider when Using Information Technology in International Arbitration, ICC International Court of Arbitration Bulletin (March 2017), with Erik Schaefer
  • Issues for Arbitrators to Consider Regarding Experts
    ICC International Court of Arbitration Bulletin Vol. 21-No. 1
    2010, with Erik Schaefer
  • Issues for Experts Acting Under the ICC Rules for Expertise or the ICC Rules of Arbitration
    ICC International Court of Arbitration Bulletin Vol. 20-No. 1
    2009, with Erik Schaefer
  • An Overview of U.S. Federal Court Decisions Regarding Interim Remedies in International Commercial Arbitration
    International Commercial Arbitration: Natural Resources, Environment, and Technology Disputes Canadian Bar Association
    2005
  • Investment in Europe: An Overview of Common Legal Issues
    The Colorado Lawyer
    June 2002, with Paul Thompson and Annette Schueller
  • How U.S. Courts Interpret Arbitration Agreements
    International Distribution Law (Transnational Publishers:
    2001)
  • Recognition and Enforcement of Money Judgments in United States Courts
    International Judicial Assistance in Civil Matters (Transnational Publishers:
    1999)

 

Recent Presentations

  • Cybersecurity and Data Protection in International Arbitration: Practical Suggestions for Case Management and Compliance
    Practising Law Institute – “One-Hour Briefing” Webinar
    October 2018
  • Avoiding Common Mistakes in International Arbitration, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Arizona Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, and other co-sponsors, Phoenix, AZ (February 2018)
  • Technology and ADR – The Risks and Opportunities (Legal Framework and Institutional Guidance) at conference sponsored by Chartered Institute of Arbitration, London, England (November 2017)
  • Cybersecurity in International Arbitration, 12th ICC New York Conference, sponsored by ICC International Court of Arbitration, New York, NY (September 2017)
  • An Overview of Sanctions for Unsuccessful Challenges to Arbitral Awards
    American Bar Association Annual Meeting, New York City, NY
    August 2017
  • Avoiding Common Mistakes in International Arbitration
    International Chamber of Commerce Presentation
    November 2016
  • International vs. Domestic Arbitration
    Association of Corporate Counsel Presentation
    November 2015
  • Key Issues in International Arbitration
    World Trade Center Utah and Utah State Bar International Law Section, Salt Lake City, UT
    March 2016
  • Key Issues to Consider Regarding Domestic and International Arbitration
    American Arbitration Association and Colorado Association of Corporate Counsel, Denver, CO
    November 2015
  • Moderator, “Successfully Bringing Parties to the Mediation Table,” at conference on “ICC Mediation: Essentials for Efficient Dispute Resolution,”
    sponsored by ICC International Court of Arbitration, New York, New York
    September 2013
  • Getting the Most Out of International Arbitration: Tips for Making Your Case More Efficient and Less Expensive
    Arizona State Bar Convention, Phoenix, Arizona
    June 2013
  • “International Litigation vs. International Arbitration: What Difference Does it Make,” “Getting the Most Out of International Arbitration: Tips for Making Your Case More Efficient and Less Expensive,” and “Ethics Issues for Counsel in International Arbitration,”
    Seminar sponsored by Idaho State Bar International Law Section, Boise, Idaho
    June 2013
  • The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act from Start to Finish
    Annual conference sponsored by the Colorado Human Resources Association, Denver, Colorado January 2013
  • Thoughts on the 2012 Revisions to the ICC Rules of Arbitration
    Conference on “Lawyering in the International Market,” sponsored by Center for International Legal Studies, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
    February 2012
  • Evidence Gathering and E-Discovery in International Matters: Key Developments in the U.S. and Japan
    Sponsored by Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association and State Bar of California International Law Section, Los Angeles, California
    November 2011