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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 teaching focuses on experiential education to help students develop and integrate their knowledge of the law, skills and values to become effective and ethical lawyers.  His courses use simulations of problems lawyers encounter in practice to enable students learn to solve problems and add value as well as develop their professional identities and judgment.  He is teaching an introductory transactional practice course that will be mandatory and is taught in small sections.  He also teaches negotiations and mediation. He was a former Practitioner in Residence at Suffolk University Law School, where he established the first Investor Advocacy Clinic in New England.  He created course materials and simulations emphasizing practical skills, effective advocacy, ethical practice and professional development. He is a former partner at Bowditch & Dewey, LLP and NixonPeabody, LLP in Boston, where he focused on corporate governance and planning, business litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He has tried more than 70 cases in court, arbitration and administrative hearings. He has a national practice in dispute resolution and has served as a mediator or arbitrator on more than 250 matters. Professor Gibbs is a founder of the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange. He regularly speaks on dispute resolution and experiential education.  Professor Gibbs is AV rated and listed in Best Lawyers in American and Massachusetts Super Lawyers based on the reviews of other lawyers.