Known for its monumental number of law schools, Brazil had 1,024 law schools in 2007, compared to just 180 in the United States for the same year. Once a person graduates from law program in Brazil, which typically takes five years, he or she must pass the challenging bar examination before beginning their career. Once a new lawyer passes the bar examination, he or may practice in any Brazilian state, in any specialty that they choose.
While Brazil’s practice of not requiring lawyers to prove their proficiency in their specialty makes it challenging for people seeking a lawyer, several major law firms stand out in their area of expertise. Astute lawyers frequently take additional classes to improve their knowledge of their client’s industry.
While prominent lawyer Ricardo Tosto graduated from Mackenzie University with his degree in law, he took a business administration extension course as well, since his firm,
Leite, Tosto e Barros primarily serves corporate clients and political figures. Ricardo Tosto, one of the law firm’s founders, specializes in commercial litigation, while other attorneys at the firm have their own specialties. Recently, Ricardo Tostoa commented on Law 13,303, which primarily affects state-owned enterprises and how they solicit bids and award contracts. He also points out that the law directly affects contractors who work for state companies. Frequently sought after by the media for a quote or commentary, Ricardo Tosto has the ability to explain even the most complex legal issues in a straightforward way, which is why he often speaks on behalf of his firm.
In early 2017, Leite, Tosto e Barros and founders Ricardo Tosto and Zanon de Paula Barros celebrated 25 years of outstanding performance. The celebration also included the firm’s and Tostos’ recommendation from Latin Lawyer 250 as excellent litigation attorneys for the 10th consecutive year.