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Joseph R. Brubaker

Key Bank Tower
36 S. State Street
Suite 1900
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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Mr. Brubaker assists companies in taking products, services, intellectual property, and businesses globally.  With extensive regulatory and litigation experience with governments worldwide, he helps U.S. companies successfully expand internationally and helps foreign companies invest in the U.S. market. Mr. Brubaker has lived in England, France, Israel, Mongolia, and Russia, and his experience includes matters relating to over 100 countries.  He currently serves on the Board of the World Trade Center Utah, on the Utah Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and as chair of the International Section of the Utah Bar.


  • Foreign Direct Investment
    • Corporate: Advises clients in making investments and establishing companies worldwide, and has assisted clients in Australia, Belarus, Canada, Fiji, Georgia, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos, the People's Republic of China, Romania, Russia, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, and Thailand in the agriculture, apparel, airport, charity, education, insurance, mining, oil and gas, textiles and trading industries. He also advises clients on blockchain technology, including Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency transactions and on token generation events. 
    • Real Estate and Construction: Serves as counsel to clients on real estate acquisitions and construction projects in numerous nations, and has concluded transactions in Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Italy, India, the Ivory Coast, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe.
  • International Trade
    • Goods, Services, and Capital: Serves clients on importing and exporting goods, services, and capital, and served as counsel to the People’s Republic of China in The Doha Round trade negotiations of the World Trade Organization.
    • Trade Law: Advises clients on international trade law in the United States and in Europe, including export and anti-boycott regulations (EAR), international traffic in arms regulations (ITAR), customs and border patrol regulations (CBP), anti-dumping and counter-vailing duties (AD/CVD), food and drug regulations (FDA), anti-money laundering regulations (FinCEN), asset control regulations (OFAC), anti-bribery law (FCPA), and anti-terrorism law and tax implications of cross-border transactions. He also advises clients on data privacy compliance, including on the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
  • International Dispute Resolution
    • Arbitration and Litigation: Serves as counsel to clients in international litigation and in  international arbitration, and has represented corporations, state-owned entities, government agencies, and foreign states in international disputes, including proceedings before the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Fourth Circuits, and United States District Courts in New York, Utah, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
    • Arbitral Award and Foreign Judgment Enforcement: Serves as counsel in enforcing arbitral awards and foreign country judgments, and has successfully enforced awards and judgments in New York and Utah.
  • Prior Experience
    • Worked at an international law firm in its offices in Washington D.C., New York, Paris, and Tokyo.
    • Served as counsel to the Republic of Bulgaria, the People’s Republic of China, Republic of the Philippines, Romania and the Republic of Uzbekistan.
    • Represented the International Finance Corporation, the Bank of Costa Rica and the Bank of China as well as served as counsel to financial institutions in Canada, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, and Luxembourg.
  • Adjunct Professor
    • Taught courses on international law at the Catholic University, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C.

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University of Cambridge, LLM, First Class Honors, 2007

Columbia Law School, JD, 2006

  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Parker School Recognition of Achievement in Foreign
    and Comparative Law
  • Civil Procedure Teaching Assistant for Professor Susan P. Sturm
  • International Commercial Arbitration Research Assistant for Professor George A. Bermann

University of Utah, BA, President's Scholar, 2002

Brigham Young University, Jerusalem, Israel, 1997


  • Served as a clerk at the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris, France.

Bar Admissions

  • Utah, 2014
  • District of Columbia, 2008
  • New York, 2007

Honors & Awards

  • Pro Bono Award: Assisted in constitutional reform in the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, focusing on equal protection, freedom of expression, separation of powers, and the political question doctrine (2010)
  • Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot, Vienna, Austria: First Place for Claimant's Memorandum, Honorable Mention for Respondent’s Memorandum, Oral Team Semi-Finalist (2006)
  • Utah Legal Elite: Corporate Counsel 
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers: Rising Star for International (2016, 2017)
  • Salt Lake Magazine, Top Lawyers of Mountain States (2018)