David Lyman

Chairman & Chief Values Officer
Download vCard
T: +66 2653 5597
F: +66 2653 5678

Practices

Office

Language

English

Education

Diploma, Parker School of Foreign & Comparative Law, Columbia University

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 (AMCHAM), a Senior Advisor to AMCHAM's Board of Governors, 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 Scuba Divemaster, David was a founder member of the Thailand Business Council for Sustainable Development in 1996, is on the Board of the Thai Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and has served on many committees to advance environmental protection. He and his wife, Thassaneeya, own one elephant and five 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 during 2003-2013. He also currently serves on the Board of Governors at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He is a founder of the Thailand branch of the International Chamber of Commerce, and has served on its Board since 1999.

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. As a mark of his dedication, he has received the Suan Luang Rama IX Commemorative Coin, presented by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in 1988, a Miniature Cartridge Pouch Pin of the First Infantry Regiment, the King’s Own Bodyguard in 2003, and the “Phra Dulyathipat” Badge, awarded by the Council of the Judge Advocate General’s School in 2014.

You are missing some Flash content that should appear here! Perhaps your browser cannot display it, or maybe it did not initialize correctly.

  • 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.

Datesort icon Title
July 29, 2015

David Lyman to Join Panel Discussion on US-Thai Relations at FCCT Event

David Lyman

Thailand and the United States have historically remained staunch allies throughout tumultuous bouts of conflict, colonialism, and communism. This relationship dates back to as far as the 1920s, when...

Read more

July 20, 2015

Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2015: Tilleke & Gibbins Nominated in Five Categories

The nominees of the inaugural Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2015 have been announced, and Tilleke & Gibbins has been nominated for awards in the following five categories:...

Read more

June 8, 2015

David Lyman to Chair Session on Anti-Corruption Strategies at CEBAP 3

David Lyman

David Lyman, chairman and chief values officer at Tilleke & Gibbins, will chair a session on “Anti-Corruption Strategies” at the “Third Conference on Evidence-Based Anti-Corruption Policies” (...

Read more

March 16, 2015

ALB Power List 2015: Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked Among Top Law Firms in Asia

Placing our firm at the pinnacle of Asia’s legal market, Asian Legal Business  has ranked Tilleke & Gibbins among the top ten “domestic” law firms in Asia in the inaugural edition of the...

Read more

December 17, 2014

Americans in Thailand: New Book Features Insight on the Lyman Family and Other Prominent Expats

David Lyman

Sponsored by Tilleke & Gibbins, Americans in Thailand, a fascinating account of Americans’ impact on Thailand over the past two centuries, has been published by Editions Didier Millet. From...

Read more

  •   
  • Page :
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Datesort icon Title
January 7, 2015

Lex Mundi Guide to Doing Business in Thailand 2015

Tilleke & Gibbins, in association with Lex Mundi, has published the latest edition of the Guide to Doing Business in Thailand. The guide provides a comprehensive overview of the legal and...

Read more

May 14, 2014

Thailand Legal Basics

Thailand Legal Basics, a valuable primer for foreign investors, explores all aspects of living and doing business in Thailand. Written by Tilleke & Gibbins, the book begins with an overview of...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

  •   
  • Page :
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5