Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho, a Practicing Brazilian Lawyer

Law is a lucrative career in Brazil. The number of students in university studying law is staggering. In fact there are more law schools in Brazil than USA. It takes one 5 years to get a law degree and another one year to be admitted to the bar. Without being admitted to the bar, one cannot practice law legally. Upon graduation and ascension to the bar, one can practice law or choose to be a magistrate or arbiter. Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho chose to open a law firm.

Court System in Brazil

In order to dispense legal matters well and expeditiously, Brazil is divided into judicial districts. These judicial districts are further subdivided into municipalities. The ‘judicial district trial courts’ are presided over by a judge. In both ‘civil and criminal cases’ the judge makes decisions without the aid of a jury. The jury comes in when it’s a murder trial. These are all first instance courts and therefore appealing the decisions made here can be done in courts of second instance.

Ricardo’s Practice

Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho practices commercial and business law. His practice is also engaged in credit restructuring, business crime and debt cases. Although his is an inclination to cases in the business world, he is also a seasoned civil and electoral litigator. Being LeiteTosto e Barros Advogados lead partner, Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho handles the major political cases.

Other Engagements

Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho has worked in human resources as well as legal management for GrupoRede. He was the group’s advisor in these matters. At OAB/SP, Ricardo served as president of a judicial reform committee. The committee’s mandate also included modernization of the judiciary. Ricardo is an International Bar Association (IBM) member. Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho also has an ‘Institute for Management Development (IMD) membership. He is also a ‘center for lawyer societies’ (CESA) member. At the ‘Institute for Election Law and Political Party Studies (IBEDEP) he enjoys membership as a founder.