David W. Lawrence

Of Counsel

David Lawrence is Of Counsel at Dilinh Legal with over nearly a decade of experience in Vietnam. Before Dilinh, David served as in-house counsel for a dual-listed (SET / SGX) public company, where he supported the global expansion of the company’s medical devices business. David has also worked with top regional firms to serve clients across Asia in the hospitality industry, including Vietnam. In addition to hospitality, David has extensive experience in dispute resolution and a wide range of corporate matters, including real estate, technology, and labor.

The clients he has advised in Vietnam on hospitality matters include Dojiland, Onyx Hospitality (Amari), SATRA, Vietin Bank, and Viettel. David has negotiated hotel management agreements and franchise deals with Accor, Best Western, Dusit Group, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, Okura Hotels, W Hotels (pre-acquisition), Yoo Hotels, and a variety of other regional and global operators.


  • BS., Environmental Chemistry, Colorado School of Mines
  • JD., Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • MBA, Sasin School of Management, Chulalongkorn University


State Bar of Illinois


  • Advised operator Onyx Hospitality on their market entries into Vietnam and Japan
  • Advised the owner on the Best Western Sapphire Ha Long Bay
  • Advised the owner on the Okura Prestige Saigon