To practice law in Brazil, you need a degree in law, and you have to pass the bar examination, which is sat thrice annually. The undergraduate degree alone takes five years, and such thorough regulations ensure only qualified individuals offer legal assistance in a country with a significantly large number of legal practitioners. Richard Tosto is one of the top lawyers in Brazil. He focuses on civil law, commercial law and business criminal law among other practice areas at Leite, Richard Tosto & Barros Advocates, where he is also one of the firm’s co-founders.
Leite, Tosto & Barros Advocates is a full service law practice with a staff of over 300. It offers legal assistance in a variety of areas from environmental law to corporate law, competition law, probate law, and debt and credit restructuring. The firm is headquartered in Sao Paulo, but has two more offices in Rio and Brasilia. These three are in fact the most saturated cities as far as the legal profession in Brazil is concerned. Sao Paolo alone has over 200,000 lawyers, which is a significant number considering there are over a million lawyers in the entire country. However, despite the competition Ricardo and his team have bagged several awards for their legal assistance such as 2011 Finance Monthly Law Awards for The Law Firm of the Year in Litigation.
In addition to representing clients, Ricardo is also charged with the responsibility of helping his juniors develop strong cases and find strategies to win in favour of the firm’s clients. Before joining this law firm, Ricardo served an advisor for a human resource and legal management company in Brazil.
He is a member of important legal bodies such as the International Bar Association and the Brazilian Institute for Political Party and Election Law Studies. Ricardo Tosto’s excellence in law is known all over Brazil. Who’s Who Legal recommended him as one of the country’s top legal practitioners in commercial law. He has offered legal assistance to prominent personalities in Brazil, making him one of the most sought after by corporate bodies, multinational companies as well as public servants.Ricardo Tosto speaks English and Portuguese.