Sasirusm (Roll) B. Chunhakasikarn

Attorney-at-Law
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Thai, English

Education

LLM, Howard University School of Law

LLB, Chulalongkorn University

Sasirusm (Roll) B. Chunhakasikarn is a top litigator specializing in complex family and commercial disputes. A versatile practitioner, Roll counts among her clients, multinational corporations, educational institutions, leading Thai companies, professional services firms, and individuals.

Roll provides ongoing labor and employment representation to leaders in the finance, pharmaceutical, consumer goods, logistics, construction, telecommunications, and education industries. When employment relationships deteriorate, clients call on Roll to represent their interests in negotiation, mediation, and in the courtroom. Widely regarded as an expert in employment law, Roll is a regular contributor to legal publications, a popular speaker at high-level seminars, and is often interviewed by members of the print and broadcast media.

In her family law practice, Roll focuses on disputes affecting today’s global family, including international divorce, international child abduction, division of assets located worldwide, and child custody disputes between parents residing in different countries. She has a high success record in mediating between divorcing parties to reach amicable settlements in respect of child custody, division of property, and support payments.

Roll is also member of the firm’s leading maritime practice, having won several high-profile maritime cases in Thailand’s Intellectual Property and International Trade Court and Thailand’s Supreme Court.

Roll's strong skills as an advocate are augmented by her fluency in English. She obtained her law degree from Chulalongkorn University, and later completed the LLM program at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She received her lawyer’s license in 1994.

  • Prevailed in a labor dispute wherein a managerial-level employee claimed that he had been wrongfully terminated and sought severance and other monetary entitlements. Representing the employer, we proved that the employee had in fact resigned from the company.

  • Obtained a favorable judgment for the Thai affiliate of a leading animal health company in a case filed against a group of former executives who left to work for our client’s chief competitor. We secured this successful result even though there is still debate among Thai legal scholars as to whether noncompetition clauses are fair to employees.

  • Represented an Australian father in a contested family matter regarding the custody of his daughter. The mother of the child planned to move abroad with the daughter. We filed a case in Family Court seeking, on behalf of our client, sole legal custody of his daughter. After a successful mediation, the mother of the child granted sole legal custody to our client.

  • Assisted a client whose wife had abducted his daughter and wrongfully withheld assets valued at over USD 1,000,000. We successfully mediated this case, which involved both family and criminal matters. The parties agreed to a divorce and the daughter was returned to our client.

  • Represented the wife in a divorce case. After long settlement negotiations with the husband, we reached a compromise agreement supervised by the court and avoided trial of this sensitive matter.

  • Successfully resolved, on confidential terms, a high-profile lawsuit brought by long-term employees against a professional services firm.

  • Represented a foreigner in a child legitimization battle and advised on strategy in multiple appeals in Thailand and in a separate lawsuit in the U.S.

  • Assessed the strength of unfair termination claims for scenarios involving corporate reduction in profit and for cases involving employees’ violations of work rules and contract terms.

  • Successfully defended one of the world’s leading liner companies against multiple cargo claims brought in Thailand’s Intellectual Property and International Trade Court.

  • Represented a subsidiary of a global multimodal transportation provider in a case worth THB 24,000,000. Secured emergency relief in Thailand’s Intellectual Property and International Trade Court, allowing the client to remove the cargo from its vessel.

  • Secured a victory in Thailand’s Supreme Court on behalf of an ocean common carrier for damage to a vessel due to defective product packaging.

  • Successfully negotiated the terms of and concluded a high-profile international divorce, while ensuring confidentiality despite elevated media interest in the divorcing parties.

  • Successfully represented a foreign husband in a highly contested divorce proceeding involving child custody and allegations of child abuse by the Thai mother.

  • Represented an American father to successfully regain custody of his child who was abducted to Thailand in violation of a U.S. child custody order.

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December 12, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins Earns Top Rankings in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 in Thailand

Tilleke & Gibbins has been recognized with Band 1 rankings for its Intellectual Property, Insurance, and Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (TMT) practices in Thailand in the 2018 edition...

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November 30, 2017

Legal 500 2018: Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked in Tier 1 in IP, Labor and Employment, Tax, and TMT in Thailand

Tilleke & Gibbins’ Bangkok office has been ranked in “Tier 1” for Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, Tax, and Technology, Media, and Telecommunications in the 2018 edition of The Legal...

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November 29, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins Wins Three Asialaw Firm of the Year Awards

Tilleke & Gibbins has received high accolades for its exceptional regional practice at the inaugural Asialaw Asia-Pacific Legal Practice Awards, where it was named Southeast Asia Firm of the Year...

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November 15, 2017

Asialaw Profiles 2018: Tilleke & Gibbins Leads Rankings in Thailand

Regional law firm Tilleke & Gibbins has again distinguished itself as the dominant domestic law firm in Thailand in Asialaw Profiles 2018, a guide to the top domestic and regional firms in the...

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July 13, 2017

Asialaw Dispute Resolution Awards 2017: Tilleke & Gibbins Nominated for Firm of the Year in Thailand and Vietnam

Tilleke & Gibbins has been nominated as National Firm of the Year in both the Thailand and Vietnam categories at the Asialaw Dispute Resolution Awards 2017. In addition, Chusert Supasitthumrong,...

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September 29, 2017

The Thailand Child Abduction Act: Legal Recourse for Parents

Sasirusm (Roll) B. Chunhakasikarn

What can one parent do if the other parent kidnaps their child and flees to Thailand? The response to this question before 2013 would have been, “nothing, except try to negotiate for the child’s...

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August 31, 2017

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...

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May 5, 2017

Lex Mundi Guide to Doing Business in Thailand 2017

As part of its membership in Lex Mundi, Tilleke & Gibbins has published an updated edition of its Guide to Doing Business in Thailand for 2017.This guide offers a broad introduction to all of the...

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January 15, 2016

Lex Mundi Guide to Doing Business in Thailand 2016

The Guide to Doing Business in Thailand, published by Tilleke & Gibbins in association with Lex Mundi, provides a comprehensive overview of the legal and business environment for investors...

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December 3, 2015

Divorce in Thailand: What Foreign Couples Need to Know

Sasirusm (Roll) B. Chunhakasikarn

Divorce in Thailand is becoming more common among Thais, Thai-foreign couples, and foreign couples. In the past, most divorces handled by our firm were between a foreign man and a Thai woman, with...

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