David H. Gibbs is an experienced mediator and lawyer and Associate Professor of Practice at Chapman University’s Dale E. Fowler School of Law. David has served as a mediator or arbitrator in hundreds of cases since 1990 and has been AV rated and listed in Best Lawyers in America for many years. Previously, David was a partner in the Boston offices of Peabody & Brown, Nixon Peabody and Bowditch & Dewey.
David has a national practice in negotiation and dispute resolution, focusing on the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts in a broad context involving legal, business and personal issues. He has also designed dispute resolution programs for businesses, non-profit and trade associations and courts dealing with issues involving employees, partners, consumers, franchisees, stockholders and others.
His teaching focuses on experiential education to help students and practitioners develop and integrate their knowledge of the law, skills and values. His courses use simulations of problems lawyers and neutrals encounter in practice, focusing on solving problems, adding value and developing judgment and professional identity. He is currently developing programs in transactional law and leadership at Chapman. In addition, he has taught in a wide variety of courses at law and business schools, continuing legal education programs as well as training and coaching clients.
As a business lawyer, he represented emerging, closely-held and family-owned businesses, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, legal, accounting and other professional service organizations on a broad range of legal and business issues, including, leadership, governance, succession, compensation, financing, exits and other issues.
As a trial lawyer, he represented clients in a broad range of trials and appeals in federal and state courts, arbitrations and administrative proceedings, including closely-held and family business issues, securities, technology, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, employment, consumer class actions, land use, zoning, permitting, historic preservation, environmental and other claims.