Theodore A. Pianko - Juslaws & Consult Co., Ltd

Theodore A. Pianko

PARTNER
Theodore A. Pianko is a partner of Juslaws based in the Phuket. He is a very experienced American lawyer with a wide-ranging background in virtually all significant legal issues that can arise in the course of conducting businesses and making investments. Ted’s first employment as a lawyer was in 1978 at the headquarters of Ford Motor Company handling litigation. In 1980, he moved to Los Angeles to become a litigation associate at the law firm of Lillick, McHose & Charles. There, he worked on resolving disputes involving various real estate and business matters.

In 1982, he joined the litigation department of Sidley Austin LLP as an associate and subsequently became a partner. At Sidley, he represented large clients such as telecommunications giant AT&T in antitrust cases, entertainment clients like the movie production company which received a US$3.8 million payment from actress Kim Basinger for reneging on a movie contract, international celebrities such as Saudi Arabian billionaire Adan Khashoggi with respect to real estate and oil investments made in the United States, and international businesses such as Tokio Marine Insurance with respect to a large investment it made with former U.S. Treasury Secretary William E. Simon. He also represented dozens of regular businesses with typical commercial disputes and insolvency issues, as well as many victims of fraudulent investment scams. One of those cases resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement by certain Lloyd’s of London syndicates that had authorized a rouge agent to issue insurance policies on their behalves, which were fraudulently used to secure financing that resulted in the collapses of two banks.

In 1994, Ted joined the intellectual property law firm of Christie, Parker & Hale LLP. There, he handled patent, copyright and trademark infringement disputes involving a wide range of businesses and which concerned technologies ranging from chemistry to software. One of his more interesting achievements was securing a US$30 million payment for two individuals who owned a patent on a method of making breast implants.

Ted has lived in Thailand since 2006 and has been involved in a large luxury hotel and villas development project and the operation of a large resort hotel, both on small islands just off the coast of Phuket. Both assignments enabled him to develop a deep understanding of the legal and financial aspects of the property development and hospitality businesses in Thailand.

Professional Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts in History from the State University of New York at Binghamton
Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School
Active member in good standing of the State Bar of California

Contact: ted@juslaws.com