David Lyman

Chairman & Chief Values Officer
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English

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JD, Hastings College of the Law

BSEE, Duke University

An icon of the Thailand legal market, David Lyman represents a diverse client base in landmark cases and high-stakes matters. David provides straightforward, practical advice to multinational corporations on foreign direct investment, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and anti-corruption issues. Also known as an innovative thinker, David is widely regarded as the go-to lawyer for cases involving extraordinary facts. From representing foreign journalists accused of defamation to setting a precedent for determining compensation in wrongful death cases to locking horns with the Royal Thai Navy over the rights of maritime treasure hunters to defense work in labor matters and murder, David is first and foremost an advocate.

David’s advocacy extends beyond strictly legal matters to creating a better environment for business and a cleaner environment for future generations. As a past President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand, and current Director of the Board of the AMCHAM Thailand Charitable Foundation (a position he has held for more than a decade), David has regularly represented the interests of American and foreign investors in high-level meetings with members of the U.S. and Thai governments. A dedicated conservationist, a former submarine officer with the U.S. Navy, and a certified Divemaster, David was a founder member of the Thailand Business Council for Sustainable Development in 1996 and has served on many committees to advance environmental protection. He and his wife, Thassaneeya, own one elephant and four dogs.

David is also an advocate on the world stage.  He has held key positions at The World Economic Forum’s Davos Annual Meeting for 18 years, in the International Chamber of Commerce’s Commission on Corporate Responsibility and Anti-Corruption since 1996, and in the International Crisis Group since 2003. He also currently serves on the Board of Governors at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

An avid proponent of good business practices, David is entrusted with maintaining the firm’s high profile and stature in the community as its Chief Values Officer (CVO). Among his duties as CVO, David is responsible for keeping the human side of an organization functioning on the course of honest, wise, responsible, legal, and accountable business and professional practices. In his practice, David combines a passion for the law, with all of its political, economic, and social implications, with a deep devotion to Thailand.

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  • Proved that our client was innocent in the critical appeal of a criminal case. The court of first instance ruled that our client, the head of a company commissioned to tow a historical submarine from Europe to Asia, committed fraud and assessed a lengthy term of imprisonment. We zealously appealed this judgment. Our persuasive arguments led the appellate court to conclude that our client’s innocence was proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

  • Counseled a credit card company on guidelines for business courtesies (such as meals, events, and gifts) to be extended to foreign officials.

  • Advised a U.S. transportation company on their dealings with the Royal Thai Army during the course of a government procurement contract.

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May 22, 2014

David Lyman to Receive Honor from Judge Advocate General’s School

David Lyman

David Lyman, chairman and chief values officer at Tilleke & Gibbins, is to receive the “Phra Dulyathipat” badge from the Council of the Judge Advocate General’s School. The honorific badge is...

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May 21, 2014

David Lyman’s Perspective on Thailand’s Political Crisis Reported in The Nation Newspaper

David Lyman

Thailand has been fraught with political instability since antigovernment protests began six months ago. This week, the Thai military instigated martial law, in what senior army officials say is a...

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March 14, 2014

David Lyman’s Views on Constitutional Court Ruling Reported by The Nation Newspaper

David Lyman

David Lyman, chairman and chief values officer at Tilleke & Gibbins, was quoted in The Nation newspaper for his comments regarding a recent ruling made by the Thai Constitutional Court. The...

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March 6, 2014

David Lyman to Speak on the Human Impact of Technological Advancement

David Lyman

Technology is rapidly advancing in ways that would have seemed entirely inconceivable to those living only a few short decades ago. New inventions are constantly changing the way we live, and they...

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February 18, 2014

Tilleke & Gibbins Named Thailand Law Firm of the Year 2014 by Chambers Asia-Pacific

Tilleke & Gibbins has been named Thailand Law Firm of the Year 2014 by Chambers Asia-Pacific. The award was announced at Chambers Asia-Pacific’s annual Awards for Excellence ceremony, which was...

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January 23, 2014

Viewpoint: The Thai Political Conundrum – Early 2014

David Lyman

Like so many of us here in Thailand, Thai and foreigner alike, for the past several months I have been observing, listening, watching, and reading about the protests against the seated government of...

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March 20, 2013

Lex Mundi Guide to Doing Business in Thailand 2013

Published by Tilleke & Gibbins in association with Lex Mundi, the Guide to Doing Business in Thailand provides a comprehensive overview of the legal environment for investors entering the Thai...

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September 5, 2012

The Report: Thailand 2012 – Legal Framework

The Report: Thailand 2012, published by Oxford Business Group, provides an in-depth analysis of different sectors of the Thai economy. Tilleke & Gibbins contributed the legal section of the...

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August 23, 2012

The World Economic Forum Comes to Bangkok

David Lyman

For two thought-provoking days—May 31 to June 1, 2012—Bangkok played host to the 21st World Economic Forum on East Asia, a first for Thailand. The arrangements for the event, which was staged at the...

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January 4, 2012

Lex Mundi Guide to Doing Business in Thailand 2012

This guide provides a detailed overview of doing business in Thailand. Topics covered in the guide include investment, import and export regulations, exchange controls, tax, requirements for...

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