Brazil is a nation of lawyers; it is a litigious country with an overabundance of law schools. At any given time, there is one lawsuit for every two people in Brazil, but fortunately, there are more lawyers per capita in Brazil than there are in the United states. Brazil also has more law schools than all of the other countries in the world combined. Unfortunately, the number of judges has not kept pace with the enormous number of civil and criminal cases; it takes years for a simple case to to be adjudicated. Rising to prominence is not easy for a Brazilian lawyer; he or she must have exceptional skills and expertise to command respect.
Distinguished Brazilian lawyer Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho is a founding partner of the law firm Leite, Tosto e Barros in São Paulo, where he serves as a senior partner. The firm specializes in commercial litigation, corporate restructuring, international law, bankruptcy and electoral law. In his 22 years of practice, Mr. Tosto has represented many prominent individuals and major corporations, however, he still finds time to mentor young attorneys. Leite, Tosto e Barros is considered an excellent law firm for new lawyers as they are given opportunities to advance.
A graduate of the highly respected Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie in São Paulo, Mr. Tosto holds membership in the Brazilian Bar Association as well as the International Bar Association. He frequently speaks about legal issues at conferences, co-authored a book and written several articles for legal publications. Mr. Tosto is also a founding member of the Brazilian Institute for Electoral and Party Law Research. Follow Ricardo on Facebook for more information and news.