Ambassador David L. Carden was sworn in as the United States’ first Ambassador to ASEAN to be resident in Jakarta on March 29, 2011. Prior to being confirmed as US Ambassador to ASEAN, Ambassador Carden was a partner at the international law firm, Jones Day, in New York City.
At Jones Day, Ambassador Carden was responsible for representing clients in some of the largest securities fraud class actions ever litigated, including the defense of Lehman Brothers in the Enron Litigation and of Union Excess in the In Re AIG Securities Litigation. He has extensive experience in the defense of claims involving derivatives, options, auction rate securities, commodities, and exchange traded and over the counter foreign currencies. Ambassador Carden was also Special Litigation Counsel in the Lehman Brothers Holding Bankruptcy.
Ambassador Carden was responsible for coordinating the defense of litigation brought in the courts of various foreign countries, including England, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, the Netherland Antilles, and Barbados. He has extensive experience conducting discovery in foreign countries pursuant to the Hague Convention and pursuant to Letters Rogatory, and defended and prosecuted claims and conducted investigations for and against entities and individuals residing in various countries, including Indonesia, Singapore, China, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries. Ambassador Carden also has extensive experience mediating cases throughout the United States.
At Jones Day, Ambassador Carden most recently co-chaired the firm's Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement Practice. In prior years, he also oversaw the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice and Trial Practice in New York. Ambassador Carden has been recognized by Chambers, New York Super Lawyers, and The New York Times "Super Lawyer Section" for his accomplishments in defending securities litigation. He has lectured on litigation arising from collateralized debt obligations and credit default swaps in various venues. He received his J.D. from Indiana University and his B.A. from DePauw University.