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David H. Gibbs

David H. Gibbs
Director of Business Law Programs and the Corporate Counsel Externship

J.D., University of California
B.A., Tufts University


David H. Gibbs is the Director of Business Law Programs and the Corporate Counsel Externship. He has extensive experience teaching at two law schools and in practice.

Most recently from 2013- 2017, he was an Associate Professor of Practice at the Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law where he worked on developing courses to help students prepare for the practice of law. He created and implemented a required course on transactional practice for all second-year students, Practice Foundations: Transactions, which is taught by practitioners in small sections. In addition, David taught Mediation, Negotiations and created a course on Leadership for Lawyers. Previously, he founded and directed the Investor Advocacy Clinic at Suffolk University Law School from 2010-2013 and had taught as an adjunct since 2002.

His work focuses on using experiential education to help students develop and integrate their knowledge of the law, skills and values to become effective, ethical and reflective lawyers. His courses use simulations of problems lawyers encounter in practice to enable students to learn to solve problems and add value as well as develop their professional identities and judgment.

David was a partner in the Boston offices of NixonPeabody, LLP and Bowditch & Dewey, LLP. His practice focused on business law, including counseling of clients, corporate governance, planning, business litigation and dispute resolution. He is an experienced mediator and arbitrator who has served as neutral since 1990.

David is AV rated and has been listed in either Massachusetts or California in Best Lawyers in American since 2007 based on the reviews of other lawyers.

He is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of California Berkeley School of Law.