Tom Treutler, Tilleke & Gibbins

Tom Treutler is the Managing Director of the Vietnam offices of Tilleke & Gibbins, a leading regional law firm in Southeast Asia with 110 lawyers and staff members in Vietnam. Tom is a Partner in the firm, and member of the firm’s Managing Committee.  Under Tom’s leadership, Tilleke & Gibbins has been named Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year for Vietnam by Managing IP magazine for five consecutive years. Tom is registered to practice as a foreign lawyer in Vietnam and has been working in Vietnam since 1993. He is an attorney licensed by the State Bar of California, and also a Patent Attorney registered before the USPTO.

Tom advises leading multinationals, as well as small and medium-sized businesses, on setting up their business operations in Vietnam, and distribution of products into the fast-growing Vietnamese market. He also advises foreign companies on compliance matters and how to navigate the complicated nuances of Vietnamese labor law.

Tom regularly advises in the area of media and technology law and serves as the Chairman of AmCham Vietnam’s IT, Telecom & IPR (ITTI) Committee. Tom previously served as the Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Subcommittee of the International Trademark Association (INTA) Committee on Famous and Well-Known Trademarks (2016-2017), and currently serves on INTA’s Copyright Committee.  Tom assisted with drafting position papers on various IP matters for Vietnam’s compliance with the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and TRIPS.

Tom earned his JD, magna cum laude, from Indiana University – Bloomington School of Law where he now serves as a member of the Dean’s Global Advisory Board, and graduated from the University of Michigan with a BSE in Computer Engineering. Having lived and worked in Vietnam as a translator for five years in the early 1990s before becoming a lawyer, Tom reads, writes and speaks Vietnamese fluently. Tom founded the Hanoi Youth Baseball Club in 2008, and his 16U team qualified for the 2015 Colt World Series in the United States.

Tom hopes to help AmCham to work more closely with the Vietnamese government to increase opportunities for American businesses, and improve the business climate in Vietnam, especially helping in the area of improving IPR protection.