David Hults


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Covington & Burling LLP
One Front Street
San Francisco, CA 94111-5356
Tel: 415.591.7045




  • Stanford Law School, J.D., 2008
    • with distinction
    • Stanford Law Review, Senior Editor
  • Yale University, M.A., 2001
    • International Relations
  • University of Florida, B.A., 1997
    • with Highest Honors
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. John T. Noonan, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2010-2011

Bar Admissions

  • California


  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

David Hults is an associate in the firm’s San Francisco office.  His practice covers a range of litigation and internal investigation matters.  Mr. Hults also maintains an active pro bono practice.

Representative Matters

  • Representing pharmaceutical manufacturer in DOJ investigation regarding compliance with Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP).
  • Representing venture capital groups in breach of contract dispute related to earn-out payments.

Previous Experience

  • Stanford University, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Postdoctoral Fellow (2008-2009)
  • U.S. Department of State, Foreign Affairs Officer (2002-2005)

Pro Bono

  • Representing class of Latinos in a successful racial profiling/civil rights lawsuits against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his agents.  The class prevailed on interlocutory appeal and at trial. 
  • Providing advice to the Nature Conservancy on regulatory compliance and other matters.

Publications and Speeches

  • "Oil and Governance, State-Owned Enterprises and the World Energy Supply," Cambridge Univ. Press 2012 (2012), Co-Author
  • "Exporting the “Norwegian Model”: The Effect of Administrative Design on Oil Sector Performance," 39 Energy Pol’y 5366 (2011), Co-Author
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