The generic term “Lawyer” is used to describe anyone who is knowledgeable about the law. Law as a profession is imprisoned in its own conservatism; this is to say that law tends to hold on to the old authority instead of changing with the exciting new developments of society.
Everyone in the society should have access to justice. This is why different countries have several law schools where students get the necessary training to becoming lawyers. A fully pledged lawyer can help people and organizations to ensure that they have fair access to the justice they are seeking.
The public’s image of the average Brazilian lawyer will vary according to the individual’s contact with the profession. Most people conjure up images of lawyers; he is that man with important esoteric information, who is always in a suit and has so much regarding material wealth.
Brazil borrows its laws from Portuguese, Italian German and French Civil law. For an average citizen, the Brazilian law can be very confusing. This is because Brazil has more than 180,000 unique laws. The Constitution which was enforced in 1988 is the supreme law of the country.
The Constitution organizes the country into states, municipalities, and the Federal District. Brazil has 26 federative states which can formulate their own laws and Constitutions. Even though these states are independent, their powers are limited by the Federal Constitution. Municipalities must also adhere to the dictates of the Constitution of the state to which they belong, and those of the Federal Constitution.
The federal district is unique in that it shares the functions of municipalities and federate states. Again, its organic law must conform to the dictates of the Federal Constitution.
As of today, Brazil houses more than 600,000 practicing lawyers. Each Brazilian state has its fair share of lawyers with São Paulo having the largest number of practicing lawyers followed by Rio de Janeiro then Minas Gerais.
Ricardo Tosto is one of the prominent lawyers in the country. Mr. Tosto is an expert in the field; he has practiced the profession for the last 20 years. His main areas of expertise include corporate restructuring, credit recovery, banking, M&A, electoral law and international law.
What about his educational background? MR. Tosto attended the Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie and Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP) where he studied law and business administration respectively.