Mr. Ball serves “of counsel” to the Firm in recognition of his 14 years of on-the-ground experience as a legal consultant and arbitration and dispute resolution specialist in the Middle East as well as his 22 years as a practicing member of the Bar in the United States. His background covers a massive expanse of practice areas: foreign joint ventures, agencies and distributorships, labor procedures and disputes, petrochemical and other highly technical agreements, dispute resolution, construction contracts and disputes under FIDIC and corporate and transactional matters.
Prior to joining forces with the Firm, David practiced in major firms in New Orleans, Louisiana (USA), Jeddah and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), and Muscat and Salalah (Sultanate of Oman). He has represented and counseled clients in all of the Gulf countries, Egypt, Lebanon, and most countries in Western Europe.
A sampling of David’s accomplishments and projects in Saudi Arabia and Oman include:
Advising a major German multinational corporation on the formulation of its employee regulations and disciplinary and grievance procedures;
Advising a major German multinational corporation and leading their representation in an arbitration with their former distributor;
Advising 3 major French multinational luxury brands on the reformulation of their market strategies and relationships with their local distributors;
Serving as advisor to SAGIA on the “10 by 10 Competitiveness Target” and drafter of the legal regulations for the Economic Cities;
Formulating employment regulations and disciplinary and grievance procedures for a major Gulf airline;
Strategizing with a major global satellite network on entering the Saudi market;
Negotiating with union officials and developing mechanisms for dealing with the threat of stikes by airline employees;
Advising the top officials and decision-makers in various ministries in the Sultanate of Oman on arbitration law and the enforcement of foreign awards;
Recommending changes to the FIDIC contract used in several Gulf countries; and
Serving as a frequent lecturer and speaker in governmental and private institutions on arbitration law, commercial law, labor law, and enforcement issues.
David was also engaged by the U.S. Department of State to perform an in-depth analysis and make recommendations on anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist legislation in 18 countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe.
David speaks Arabic, as well as French, Spanish, German and several other languages, and has appeared on behalf of clients before arbitration boards, courts, ministries and chambers of commerce in Saudi Arabia, Oman and a number of other jurisdictions.
David received his Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from The American University in Washington, DC; his Master of Arts from Yale University, and his Juris Doctor in Common and Civil Law (magna cum laude) from Loyola University in New Orleans. He is admitted to the practice of law in the State of Louisiana, the State of New York, and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.
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