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Hon. David H. Wilkins

Canada Institute Advisory Board Member

Professional affiliation

Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP; Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada

Full Biography

Ambassador David Wilkins is a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and chairs the Public Policy and International Law practice group, which focuses primarily on representing businesses on both sides of the US-Canadian border and offers experience on a wide range of strategic bilateral issues. Mr. Wilkins was nominated by President George W. Bush to become the United States Ambassador to Canada. He began his service on June 29, 2005, and served until January 20, 2009. As ambassador, Mr. Wilkins helped resolve issues between Canada and the United States, including the decades-old softwood lumber trade dispute. He worked on issues such as energy, national security, the environment, trade, and travel. Mr. Wilkins practiced law for 34 years in Greenville, South Carolina, before assuming ambassadorship and has experience in civil litigation and appellate law.