The Brazilian legal system is deduced from the statute of Portuguese civil law and Roman-Germanic legal tradition. On October 21, 1988, the supreme law in Brazil was created through the federal constitution. The country’s constitution has been amended several times; the last one being in 2004. The constitution coordinates the country like the Federal Republic. Brazil constitutes 26 federal states, municipalities and the Federal district. The federal states have powers to adopt their laws and constitution.
Brazil has the most extensive pool of legal profession in the world with over one million lawyers. The most significant numbers are based in Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro. The Brazilian lawyers are regulated by state bars that are supervised by the Ordem dos Advogados do Brazil (OAB). To qualify and be licensed to practice as a lawyer, one must complete the schooling and pass the Bar examination. Most lawyers work at the already established law firms as either partner, associates or as interns. However, there are many restrictions on activities of foreign lawyers and law firms.
About Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho
Ricardo Tosto is one prolific lawyer and great entrepreneur in Brazil. He is a senior partner at one of the largest litigation firm in Brazil, Leite, Tosto, and Barros. Ricardo Tosto attended Mackenzie Presbyterian University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Law. Later, he joined Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation for an extension in Business Administration.
He began his legal profession in a small office, and a few years later he had expanded to one of the largest litigation firms in Brazil. Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho has represented renowned personalities, politicians, government institutions and non-governmental organizations.
He has been the focal point at Leite, Tosto and Barros firm where he formed most the current associates who had joined the company as trainees. The firm is based in Sao Paulo and has offices in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro. Furthermore, Ricardo Tosto has been in the forefront for advocating the mass litigation as legal services at the firm. He is directly involved in supervision of the firm management and formulates the firm’s strategies.
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