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

Tilleke & Gibbins

Work Department

Dispute Resolution Department


Partner and Chief Litigator
Practice Areas: Anti-Dumping; Competition and Trade; Compliance and Investigations; Customs; Insolvency, Bankruptcy, and Restructuring; Litigation; Mediation and Arbitration; Product Liability; Tax; 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 has completed the Thammasat Leadership Program, organized by the Thammasat University Alumni Office, and is a strong supporter of legal education, such as through his membership on the committee in charge of curriculum development for Thammasat University’s LLB program. He is also a member of ICC FraudNet, an international network of leading asset recovery specialists.


Thai, English


LLB, Thammasat University
BBA, Thammasat University

Lawyer Rankings

Thailand > Dispute resolution

(Hall of Fame)

Thawat Damsa-ArdTilleke & Gibbins

With ‘deep connections in Thailand’, the dispute resolution and litigation team at Tilleke & Gibbins is well-placed to advise on disputes in the country and across the region, as it also frequently collaborates with the firm’s Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam offices. The practice acts for clients across the construction and infrastructure, aviation and financial services sectors. Co-managing partner Tiziana Sucharitkul handles commercial disputes, while deputy director of the dispute resolution group John Frangos also leads the aviation, compliance and investigations practices. Chief litigator Thawat Damsa-ard and Michael Ramirez are praised as ‘strong advocates’.

Thailand > Restructuring and insolvency

Tilleke & Gibbins advises creditors, debtors and other stakeholders on a range of matters, from submitting debt repayment applications during business rehabilitation and bankruptcy processes to the distribution of assets as a result of company closure, as well as reorganisations. Cynthia M. Pornavalai, who heads up the team with litigator Thawat Damsa-ard and Prisna Sungwanna, acts for clients on bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring matters.