Mr Thawat Damsa-ard > Tilleke & Gibbins > Bangkok, Thailand > Lawyer Profile

Tilleke & Gibbins
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Work Department

Dispute Resolution Department.


Partner and Chief Litigator. Practice Areas: Anti-Dumping; Business Crimes; Customs; Insolvency, Bankruptcy, and Restructuring; Litigation; Mediation and Arbitration; Products Liability; Taxation; Trade Competition; Transportation.


Thawat Damsa-ard is a partner and the chief litigator in Tilleke & Gibbins’ dispute resolution group. Widely regarded as foreign investors’ attorney of choice for legal conflicts where the outcome directly impacts future operations in Thailand, Thawat litigates fast-moving, high-stakes matters involving product liability, customs, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, white-collar crime, transportation and logistics, and cross-border disputes.

Together with his team of experienced trial lawyers, Thawat prosecutes and defends complex civil and criminal claims and matters of first impression through all stages of litigation, from seeking preliminary injunctions to negotiating settlements to appeals to the Supreme Court of Thailand. Thawat has been recognized as a leading lawyer in each of the past 11 editions of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, in the 2009-2018 editions of Chambers Asia-Pacific, and in other definitive legal publications.

His extensive experience in transnational litigation has made Thawat a sought-after advisor by multinational corporations as well as Thailand’s Legal Execution Department, which recruited the firm to represent the state authority in high-profile extraditions. Thawat is also the firm’s representative to the International Chamber of Commerce’s FraudNet, a global network of law firms that specialize in tackling business crime. Thawat is also a respected mentor to both young and experienced practitioners of law.


Thai and English.


LLB, Thammasat University; BBA, Thammasat University.

Lawyer Rankings

Thailand > Dispute resolution

(Hall of Fame)

Thawat Damsa-ArdTilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins is active not only in Thailand, but across the region, including in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. Infrastructure, construction and financial services litigation forms part of the team’s work which is headed up by Tiziana Sucharitkul. She is the co-managing partner of the firm who has helped drive the growth of the firm in recent years.  John Frangos serves as deputy director of the dispute resolution group and also leads the investigations practice. Thawat Damsa-ard is the primary litigator in the team, acting on a wide array of disputes.

Thailand > Restructuring and insolvency

Tilleke & Gibbins acts for creditors, debtors, and other stakeholders on matters such as submitting debt repayment during business rehabilitation and bankruptcy processes and working on business renewal through reorganisation. Cynthia M. Pornavalai co-leads the team and is noted for her insolvency work while Thawat Damsa-ard is the firm’s primary litigator working on bankruptcy matters. Prisna Sungwanna acts for major US companies in the automotive sector.