David R. Bean is a member of our International Dispute Resolution Practice based in our Washington DC office. David represents and advises governmental entities on matters on a broad range of issues, primarily in public and private international law.

    Prior to joining the firm, David served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Army. During his military service, he gained valuable experience in the areas of operational law, prosecution, administrative law and ethics. While deployed to Afghanistan, David served as an Operational Law Attorney and as the Rule of Law adviser for the Afghan National Police’s 202nd Zone, providing counsel in the areas of human rights, prosecution and counternarcotics. Presently, David is a Captain in the Virginia Army National Guard.

    Prior to his career in law, David taught high school and 6th grade mathematics in Washington DC, serving his first two years as a Teach For America corps member.

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    • Advising governments on multifaceted matters requiring analysis of the international law of treaties, diplomatic immunity and state responsibility.
    • Counseling governments on the legal effects of United Nations Resolutions.


    • Washington and Lee University, J.D., 2013
    • George Mason University, M.Ed., 2009
    • Cornell University, B.A., 2007


    • District of Columbia, 2018
    • Tennessee, 2013


    • U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals
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