Panida A. Pollawit


New York
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Panida Pollawit focuses her practice on international law, white collar crime and commercial litigation. She has appeared before courts in both Washington, D.C., and Alaska as a trial attorney. Panida also has appellate experience from her clerkship at the Alaska Court of Appeals. A client-centered advocate, she takes into account both legal and business ramifications when offering legal advice.

Recognitions and Memberships


  • The Legal 500 United States (2019)
    • Recommended in Real Estate - Construction (including construction litigation)
  • Vis East International Commercial Arbitration Competition, Hong Kong: Honorable Mention for Respondent's Brief (2016)


  • American Bar Association
  • Alaska Bar Association
  • Thai American Bar Association
  • Asian American Bar Association of New York
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Society of International Law

Pro Bono

  • Represented defendants charged with misdemeanors as a student attorney at the Georgetown Criminal Defense & Prisoner Advocacy Clinic: argued for their release from custody at arraignment; challenged discovery violations; negotiated with prosecutors for alternatives to prison time; conducted investigations and interviewed witnesses; and prepared for trial.
    • Represented clients potentially facing years of prison time in their parole revocation hearings.
    • Successfully petitioned for presidential clemency of two prisoners, who were sentenced under severe anti-drug laws, through collaboration with other attorneys at the Clinic.
  • Represented criminal indigent defendants charged with misdemeanors from their bail hearing to trial as an intern for the Alaska Public Defender Agency. Delivered an opening statement as a second-chair for a DUI case. Cross-examined an Alaska State Trooper on a Fourth Amendment violation, eliciting facts that were used to sustain a motion to suppress illegally obtained evidence.
  • Conducted legal research and wrote memoranda on criminal matters for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender.
  • Prepared the probate docket as an intern for Judge Gerald I. Fisher of the D.C. Superior Court.
  • Conducted legal research related to construction law and procurements of government contracts as an intern for the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance.


Prior Positions

  • Alaska Court of Appeals: Law Clerk for Judge Tracey Wollenberg & Judge John Suddock (2016-17)
  • Alaska Public Defender Agency: Certified Legal Intern (2015)
  • Maryland Office of the Public Defender: Law Clerk (2015)
  • District of Columbia Superior Court, Chambers of Judge Gerald I. Fisher: Legal Intern (2014)
  • Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance (2014)


  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • Alaska
  • New York


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2016, Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy
  • B.S., Biochemistry, Trinity College, Minor: Japanese, 2012


  • Thai


In The Blogs

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Blockchain Monitor
NY BitLicense Approval, Blockchain for Energy Commodities, CFTC Enforcement, Advertising Use Cases and More
By Simone O. Otenaike, Panida A. Pollawit, Marc D. Powers
November 16, 2018
In this issue: • New BitLicense Approval, Stablecoin Developments and BAT on Coinbase • Blockchain Platform for Energy Commodities Announced in U.S., Restrictions Ease in Foreign Markets • CFTC and State Securities Enforcement, Litigation...
Blockchain Monitor
Global Blockchain Developments in Enforcement, Payments, ICOs and Enterprise
By Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike, Panida A. Pollawit
October 5, 2018
In this issue: • Cryptocurrency Enforcement Actions Continue Across the Globe • Multiple Blockchain Announcements for Asset-Backed Tokens, Payments and Exchanges • Lawmakers Seek Clarity on ICOs as New Research Is Published • Enterprise...
Blockchain Monitor
Risk and Regulation in AML/Tax, ICO Scrutiny, Provenance POCs
By Robert A. Musiala Jr., Panida A. Pollawit
July 13, 2018
In this issue: • Cryptocurrency Global Regulations Tighten as Financial Crime Risks Intensify • Global Tax Regimes Evolve With Varied Perspectives as Market Seeks Clarity • Latest Trends for ICOs: Success Rate and Government Scrutiny of...
Blockchain Monitor
Governments, Ad Industry Explore Use Cases; Blockchain Firms Seek Financial Licenses
By Jonathan D. Blattmachr, Panida A. Pollawit, Michelle N. Tanney
June 8, 2018
In this issue: Governments Experiment With Blockchain for Elections, Banking and Visa Applications Advertising, Entertainment Industries Continue Investment in Blockchain Changing Approaches to Crypto Regulatory Licensing Governments...