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David Lee Carden

Ambassador of U.S. Mission to ASEAN April 2011 - December 2013
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David Lee Carden

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Presenting credential to ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan

Ambassador David L. Carden was sworn in as the United States’ first resident Ambassador to ASEAN in March, 2011. He officially assumed his duty on April 26, 2011 after presenting his credentials to ASEAN Secretary-General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan. Prior to being confirmed as Ambassador, he was a partner at Jones Day, a leading international law firm.

At Jones Day, Ambassador Carden most recently co-chaired the firm's Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement Practice. In this role, he was responsible for representing clients in some of the largest securities fraud class actions ever litigated, including high-profile cases involving Lehman Brothers, Enron, and AIG. In prior years, he also oversaw the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice and Trial Practice in New York.

Ambassador Carden has also been responsible for coordinating the defense of litigation brought in the courts of various foreign countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, the Netherland Antilles, and Barbados. He has extensive experience conducting discovery in foreign countries, and has defended and prosecuted claims and conducted investigations for and against entities in numerous countries, including Indonesia, Singapore, China, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.

He has been recognized by Chambers, New York Super Lawyers, and The New York Times "Super Lawyer Section" for his accomplishments in defending securities litigation.

Ambassador Carden received his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law, where he serves on the Board of Visitors, and his B.A. from DePauw University. He and his wife, Rebecca Riley, have two adult children.