Former VW attorney joins US Chamber of Commerce

Sep 20, 2022
David Detweiler was previously general counsel of Volkswagen Group of America

The US Chamber of Commerce has recruited David Detweiler as general counsel.

Detweiler was previously executive vice president and general counsel of Volkswagen Group of America and a member of Electrify America’s board. At Volkswagen, he oversaw legal operations including corporate governance, product regulatory issues, product litigation, environmental and emissions matters, human resources, privacy and data governance matters. 

In addition, he was responsible for the US aspects of Volkswagen’s diesel settlement and the US Department of Justice monitorship that concluded in 2020.

Detweiler joined Volkswagen in 2016 from the Frankfurt office of law firm Clifford Chance, where he advised clients such as Volkswagen, Siemens, Airbus and Infineon Technologies on capital markets and corporate transactions. He previously worked with Rogers & Wells in New York and London before the firm merged with Clifford Chance in 2000.

Detweiler says in a statement: ‘I have been very fortunate to work with global business champions while in private practice and to help Volkswagen during its transformation, so I have a strong sense of the practical realities and needs of businesses, as well as their crucial role as innovators driving our economy forward. I am delighted to join the chamber and to support its evolution as the foremost advocate for business in the US.’

The chamber has also appointed former politician Evan Jenkins as head of congressional affairs. From 2015 to 2018, Jenkins represented the 3rd congressional district of West Virginia in the House of Representatives. In 2018, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and in 2021 he was selected as chief justice.

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