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Joe Leeds: Your American Lawyer in Bangkok

Joe Leeds is a licensed American Attorney based in Bangkok, Thailand and the Administrator of Chaninat & Leeds. He has expertise in International and United States law with an emphasis on Property law, Corporate law as well as International Litigation. Established in Thailand in 1995 and practicing law since 1987, Joe is the most experienced US immigration lawyer in Thailand. As the Manager of a full-service US law firm in Bangkok, he has assisted a wide range of institutional and individual clients, from both Thailand and abroad. 

Legal Qualifications:

Joe is a licensed American attorney in the State of Hawaii in the US Federal District of the Ninth Circuit (Not licensed in Thailand).


Juris Doctor, University of Houston, 1986
Bachelor of Arts, University of Texas, 1983

Legal Experience and Accomplishments:

Joe has been working as a consultant US lawyer in Bangkok since 1995. Previously, Joe was an active trial and appellate attorney in Hawaii, USA and has had published numerous appellate decisions which have been important in the development of US law. He has lectured on International and American Legal Institutions and Legal Writing at Chulalongkorn Univeristy and Ramkhamhaeng University law faculties in Thailand.

Published Works:

Joe regularly contributes articles to the legal journal Thailand Law Forum, including “Considerations for International Prenuptial Agreements” and “US Visa Denials and Waivers in Thailand”.  He recently supervised the translation of the complete Thailand Land Act.   Joe has published numerous scholarly articles including: “The Income Tax Treaty Between the United States and Thailand: An Overview and Analysis”, Sukhothai ThammathiratLaw Journal (Thailand) in Volume 9, Issue 2, December 1996; “US International Law Enforcement Cooperation: A Case Study In Thailand”, Journal of International Law and Practice of the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University, Volume 7 Issue 1, Spring 1998; “Legal Guide to Internet Usage” presented at the Conference on Legal Issues for Corporate Counsel, hosted by the Nation newspaper and Asia Business Forum on March 15-16, 2000.


Fluent in English, Thai, and Spanish