David Lee Carden


David Lee Carden



David Lee Carden was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Carden graduated from Indianapolis’ North Central High School in in 1969 and then enrolled at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Carden majored in Political Philosophy at DePauw and graduated with a B.A., with highest honors, in 1973 (Phi Beta Kappa). He then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, where he received his J.D., Order of the Coif, in 1976.

During the summer of 1975, Carden was a law clerk at the Chicago firm of Kirkland & Ellis and upon his graduation, it was at Kirkland & Ellis where his legal career began. He later became a Partner in the Chicago firm of Coffield Ungaretti, before joining the Chicago office of Jones Day in 1990. Ten years later he moved to Jones Day’s New York office and led their Trial Practice department, as well as serving as Co-chair of the Jones Day worldwide Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement Practice. He has represented clients in some of the largest securities fraud class actions ever litigated.

In 2011 Carden became the first resident U.S. Ambassador to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), overseeing the broadening engagement of the United States in Southeast Asia. Carden returned to Jones Day in 2014 where he serves as Partner-in-Charge Asia.

Carden has been recognized by Chambers as a “New York Super Lawyer,” by the New York Times as a “Super Lawyer” for his accomplishment’s defending securities litigation, and by Lawdragons’ as one of the “Lawyers You Need to Know in Securities Litigation.” In December 2013, Carden received the U.S. Department of State’s Superior Honor Award. In 2014, he received the Indiana University Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion in recognition of his relationship and contributions to the University. Carden was a member of the Law School’s Board of Visitors from 1999 to 2011, served as a commencement speaker at the Law School’s graduation ceremony in 2012, and was inducted into the Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2016.


Maurer Alumni, Securities, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, United States Ambassador, Academy of Law Alumni Fellows


International Relations | Law | Legal Biography | Legal Profession | Securities Law



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