Community Service

Community Service

For decades, Tilleke & Gibbins has given back to the communities in which we do business. Over recent years, our firm has committed our resources to support four strategic community initiatives—law, education, culture, and the environment.

Law. We believe that we have a responsibility, as leading lawyers in our community, to further the development of good laws and a just society. Our lawyers are involved in organizations that help revise legal regimes, that govern the legal profession in Thailand, and that harmonize legal systems within ASEAN. As part of our commitment to a just society, our firm actively participates as a member of the advisory board of the International Crisis Group, an NGO committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict. We have also developed a pro bono practice serving the needs of foundations. We provide legal counsel to foundations that care for needy children, alleviate poverty through microfinance, and that otherwise serve our communities.

Education. We teach lawyers and judges through such programs as the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative, future lawyers at universities throughout the region, and law enforcement and customs officers. Our lawyers are collectively engaged in a public education campaign on the harmful effects of counterfeiting, which includes weekly seminars on intellectual property rights and tours of our Museum of Counterfeit Goods. We also provide regular financial support to needy public schools through the Thai Business Initiative in Rural Development (TBIRD) and the AMCHAM Thailand Charitable Foundation.

Culture. Our firm’s Textile Collection consists of museum-quality textiles representing the diverse cultures of mainland Southeast Asia. With over 2,000 textiles, the mission of our Textile Collection is to collect, display, and, more importantly, preserve a part of Southeast Asia’s heritage. Our firm has also loaned some of its rare textiles to museums in Thailand, Laos, and the United States.

Environment. In 1993, Tilleke & Gibbins launched the Second Hundred Years Forest Project, a community project in recognition of the firm’s second century of client service. Working with the Rajapruek Foundation, the Royal Thai Army, the Royal Forestry Department, and friends of the firm, including long-time client, the Thoresen Group, the firm planted over 100,000 trees in five phases between 1993 and 2010. The Second Hundred Years Forest Project continues today and is currently in its sixth phase.