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Tilleke & Gibbins

Work Department

Dispute Resolution Department


Partner and Deputy Director, Dispute Resolution and Litigation
Practice Areas: Aviation, Compliance and Investigations, Dispute Resolution and Litigation


John Frangos is a partner and deputy director of Tilleke & Gibbins’ dispute resolution and litigation group. From the firm’s head office in Bangkok, he assists clients on complex disputes in Southeast Asia. He co-leads the firm’s compliance and investigations practice and leads the firm’s aviation practice.

On the basis of his expertise in the aviation industry, coupled with his exceptional client service, John is ranked as a leading aviation practitioner by Chambers Asia-Pacific. Clients have described him as “absolutely one of the best aviation lawyers in Thailand”, and as “super responsive, incredibly knowledgeable, and really focused on getting the best outcome as quickly as possible” (Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021). He is also ranked as a “Next Generation Partner” in the area of transport in the 2021 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

With many years’ experience in Thailand and Vietnam, John brings strong knowledge of local business practices and customs. He also has a deep understanding of the region’s political and economic landscapes, which shape the legal environment that businesses must navigate.

John serves as the Thailand chapter head for the New York State Bar Association and a committee leader for the Aerospace Council of the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand. He was previously a commissioner on the Anti-Corruption Commission for the International Chamber of Commerce – Thailand. In that capacity, he assisted the Thai government by providing his expertise and comments on its anti-corruption laws. John has also worked with the Vietnamese government to propose amendments to regulations on aircraft registration and repossession.

John is admitted to the New York bar.




MIA, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

JD, New York Law School

BA, Stony Brook University

Lawyer Rankings

Thailand > Transport

(Next Generation Partners)

John FrangosTilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins’ cross-disciplinary aviation team acts for airlines, aircrafts, leasing companies, financiers and insurers on aircraft transactions, disputes and financing matters. Aviation expert John Frangos leads the practice alongside Santhapat Periera, who assists aviation industry clients and financiers in acquisitions, structuring, financing and lease arrangements in Thailand and across the Asia Pacific region. Noppramart Thammateeradaycho leads the shipping team and is noted for her expertise in handling transportation disputes and maritime insurance claims.

Thailand > Dispute resolution

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 > Dispute resolution: international arbitration

Tilleke & Gibbins is noted for its expertise in international arbitrations across the construction, energy, infrastructure and shipping sectors. Noppramart Thammateeradaycho has considerable experience in international arbitration cases in Singapore, Australia, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos, and leads the practice alongside John Frangos and Michael Ramirez.