The practice of law in Brazil requires a diverse knowledge and practice. Similar to the US, those desiring the title of attorney-at-law must complete a lengthy scholastic regime. Brazil requires a five-year program though, adding two years of study to what US lawyers complete. Like the US, Brazil requires a bar examination which consists of two parts: a multiple choice exam and a written exam.
Legal practice in Brazil continues to grow in the areas of the environment, mining and minerals, agribusiness and oil. Future growth could occur in area of foreign business and investments as the Brazilian government contemplates relaxing regulation of national resources and agricultural real estate to encourage foreign investors. One Brazilian attorney poised to meet these growing needs is Ricardo Tosto.
The bi-lingual Tosto practices law at the firm of Leite, Tosto e Barros, a firm he founded, offering services in Portuguese and English. The firm specializes in banking and finance law including bankruptcy and tax litigation. Tosto’s firm also handles criminal matters, environmental and labor cases. The practice received the International Law Office Client Choice Award in 2013.
Although the respected attorney’s practice remains in demand, he assembled a team of 35 attorneys at his firm to handle pro bono cases, meaning they undertake the cases free of charge. His pro bono service represents Best Buddies, a non-profit organization that offers mentors and guidance to intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals. Tosto also co-authored the book, The Process of Tiradentes, with colleague Paulo Mendonça Guilherme Lopes.