David MacArthur

David MacArthur

Senior Foreign Counsel

David MacArthur is a specialist in international arbitration and is Co-head of the firm’s International Arbitration practice.
A US-qualified lawyer with over 15 years' experience in civil-law jurisdictions, David acts as counsel and arbitrator. As a leading member of a globally ranked arbitration practice since 2006, David has represented clients in dozens of international arbitrations across Asia, Europe and North America in a wide variety of complex and high-stakes disputes in the automotive, aircraft, IP, life sciences and medical, post-M&A, online gaming, shipbuilding and construction, telecommunications and other industries.
In addition to his arbitration practice experience, David has also acquired the critical “soft skills” of proficiency in the cultures, languages and legal systems of East Asia.
Recognized in Who’s Who Legal, Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and other peer-reviewed rankings, David has served in a number of leadership and influence positions, including as founding Co-chair of “KCAB Next,” a professional development organization under the auspices of KCAB INTERNATIONAL and as a member of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center’s Asia Task Force.
He also acts as arbitrator and has been appointed to the approved arbitrator lists of the HKIAC (Hong Kong), JCAA (Japan), KCAB (Korea), AIAC (Southeast Asia) and WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization).
David is admitted to the Utah State Bar (USA) and is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), the Japan Association of Arbitrators (JAA) and other organizations.

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Practice Areas

Practice Groups

  • Dispute Resolution Group


1996 Brigham Young University (B.A.)
2000 Florida State University (M.A.)
2003 University of Utah S.J. Quinney School of Law (J.D.), Admitted to the Bar Utah
2003 - 2005 Parsons Behle & Latimer, Salt Lake City, Utah
2005 - 2006 Foreign Attorney, Nagashima, Ohno & Tsunematsu
2006 - 2020 Bae, Kim & Lee LLC


Getting the Deal Through – Investment Treaty Arbitration 2023 (Japan Chapter) Getting the Deal Through – Investment Treaty Arbitration 2023
Nov 2022
Technology Disputes in Japan: Is Arbitration a Better Option? Japan Commercial Arbitration Journal VOL. 3 [2022]
Sep 2022
Aug 2022
Getting the Deal Through - Arbitration 2022 (Japan Chapter) Getting the Deal Through - Arbitration 2022
Mar 2022
Getting the Deal Through – Investment Treaty Arbitration 2022 (Japan Chapter) Getting the Deal Through – Investment Treaty Arbitration 2022
Nov 2021
Aug 2021


Professional Admissions

  • Utah (2003)
  • Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi (registered foreign lawyer) (2022)

Professional and Academic Associations

  • Utah Bar Association
  • International Council Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM)
  • Daini Tokyo Bar Association


  • English (first language)
  • Japanese
  • Korean