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.

  • Representing a British/Hong Kong national husband in a divorce and complex marital asset division case in Thailand, and advising and coordinating with the client's Hong Kong lawyer in a separate lawsuit in Hong Kong.

  • 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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November 17, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Employment Law Forum 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Annual Employment Law Forum from Tilleke & Gibbins will be offered as a series of webinars, throughout November and December, on the topics that...

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November 13, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Named Thailand Firm of the Year in Who’s Who Legal Awards 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins has been named Thailand Firm of the Year at the Who’s Who Legal Awards 2020, held on November 12, 2020. Notably, this award marks the fifth consecutive year that Tilleke &...

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November 6, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Nominated for Three Women in Business Law Awards Asia-Pacific 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins has been nominated in three firm-wide categories in the Women in Business Law Awards Asia-Pacific 2020. The awards, which are organized each year by Euromoney to recognize firms...

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October 29, 2020

AMCHAM Thailand Recognizes Tilleke & Gibbins at 2020 CSR Excellence Awards

On Tuesday, October 27, Tilleke & Gibbins was singled out for an award for exceptional corporate social responsibility (CSR) work during the past 12 months at the 2020 CSR Excellence Awards, held...

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September 24, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins’ Regional Employment Practice Wins at Benchmark Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins was named Asia-Pacific Labour and Employment Firm of the Year at the recently announced Benchmark Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2020. The award recognizes the firm’s...

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September 16, 2020

Amendments to Thailand’s Civil Procedure Code to Allow Civil Mediation before Litigation

Recent amendments to Thailand’s Civil Procedure Code (CPC) will allow parties to submit a matter for court-supervised mediation prior to the actual filing of the case. Encouraging mediation prior to...

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September 16, 2020

COVID-19 Resource Center

As the global COVID-19 situation develops, Tilleke & Gibbins is dedicated to ensuring that our clients remain up to date on the most important legal developments in Southeast Asia as they happen...

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July 17, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Secures Thailand’s First Return Order under the Hague Child Abduction Convention

Sasirusm (Roll) B. Chunhakasikarn, Pawilai Ploythammachat

We are proud to announce that Tilleke & Gibbins’ international family disputes team has successfully obtained the first return order issued by a Thai court pursuant to the Hague Convention on the...

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March 30, 2020

Legal Implications of COVID-19 Disruption for Employers in Thailand

Sasirusm (Roll) B. Chunhakasikarn

As the COVID-19 situation escalates, governments worldwide are imposing travel restrictions, mandatory quarantine procedures, and curfews and lockdowns in an attempt to slow the transmission of the...

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March 19, 2020

COVID-19 Status Update for Southeast Asia - March 18, 2020

The effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic on Southeast Asia are a deep concern shared by all with connections to the region. To encourage clear understanding of the facts on the ground, Tilleke...

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