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Labour & Employment — Brazil


Mallet Advogados Associados - Labour & Employment Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Estêvão Mallet and Olinda Mallet
- 7 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prestigious labour and employment boutique renowned for its outstanding experience representing employees and employers in strategic labour disputes, including class actions before the Public Prosecutor as well as individual lawsuits. Team is instructed by an impressive client roster comprising leading national and multinational companies, with noted strength handling employment issues affecting the banking and finance sector.

Strengths Sources repeatedly point to the team's impressive standard of technical knowledge and client service. One interviewee says: "The firm has, without a doubt, one of the best labour benches in today's market. Lawyers are very knowledgeable and highly qualified professionals."

Other observers highlight the team's "considerate client-service and high level of professionalism while conducting mandates. They show total engagement from the initial stages of our cases all the way through to the higher courts, notably in their performances before the Superior Labour Court."

Work highlights Successfully represented FENABAN, the National Federation of Banks, in a precedent-setting case before the Superior Labour Court regarding the overtime payment quota due to bank employees.

Notable practitioners

Revered founding partner Estêvão Mallet is held in the highest esteem by market commentators for his long-standing labour and employment practice. He boasts a wealth of experience in high-profile individual and collective disputes as well as in advisory work. Peers say: “He is a reference with a distinguished track record and a brilliant academic career." One source commends him as a "simply fantastic practitioner," while another asserts: "He is one of the best labour lawyers in Brazil."

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TozziniFreire Advogados - Labour & Employment Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Marcelo Pereira Gômara and Mihoko Sirley Kimura
- 9 partners
- 94 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Distinguished full-service firm known for its strength providing assistance with the full range of labour issues. Represents market-leading companies from the automotive, consumer goods and chemicals industries in contentious matters before labour courts, with an impressive track record handling mass litigation lawsuits. This highly experienced team frequently advises on mass terminations and union negotiations as well as on the implementation of internal policies, the definition of hiring strategy and labour-related due diligence in the context of M&A transactions.

Strengths Market commentators highlight the team's capabilities and praise its "high-quality service and immediate availability to the client," adding: "Their biggest strength is the timeliness with which they respond to demands."

Other sources observe: "All of their professionals have a remarkable understanding of Brazilian labour law and its impact on global companies."

Work highlights Advised Daiwa on the design and implementation of a mass termination strategy and on lawsuits related to the closure of its operations in Brazil.

Significant clients Colgate Palmolive, BMW, MasterCard, Oracle, GE Brasil.

Notable practitioners

"Highly competent" co-head of department Mihoko Sirley Kimura garners praise from peers and clients alike for her labour consultancy practice. Sources say: "Mihoko has an outstanding knowledge of labour law and provides great solutions in practical terms. She is very detail-oriented and strives to understand how her client's business works." She draws praise for her expertise in the prevention of labour liabilities, the creation of strategies for hiring and compensating employees and her comprehensive knowledge of social security law.

Respected practitioner Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso is well known in the labour market for the strength of his mass litigation capabilities. He frequently assists clients with complex labour claims involving senior executives and large-scale strikes. Interviewees praise him as "a lawyer of the highest quality who draws upon his experience, sharp business knowledge and sense of urgency to obtain very favourable results in the name of clients."

Experienced labour lawyer Marcelo Pereira Gômara is widely recognised in the market for his track record representing clients in union negotiations and the settlement of labour claims. He specialises in preventive litigation strategies and assists with the structuring of benefits plans and profit-sharing schemes. Market commentators laud him as "a very well prepared and bold professional who is always proactive and displays strong leadership skills."

Roberto Pierri Bersch heads the labour practice at the Porto Alegre office from where he actively assists clients with class actions and labour compliance mandates. Market sources describe him as “a very dedicated, enthusiastic and innovative practitioner who continually strives to find out-of-the-box solutions for our cases.”

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Granadeiro Guimarães Advogados - Labour & Employment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Gustavo Granadeiro Guimarães and Maurício Granadeiro Guimarães
- 24 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed labour boutique respected for its strategic litigation capabilities. Provides counsel to a diverse portfolio of clients hailing from the banking, telecommunications and consumer goods sectors on the full range of labour services such as defences in labour claims, union negotiations and administrative proceedings before the Public Prosecutor's office. Also retained for its knowledge of compliance with domestic regulations, labour consultancy and labour-related due diligences in M&A deals.

Strengths Satisfied clients say: "The entire team is highly knowledgeable and delivers excellent work."

Another source adds: “The firm responds swiftly to our queries and knows how to translate legal solutions into a business-friendly language appropriate for our corporate environment."

Significant clients Claro, Hyundai, L'Oréal, Walmart, Kimberly Clark.

Notable practitioners

Name partner and co-head of practice Gustavo Granadeiro Guimarães is well known in the labour sphere for his skilled representation of national and multinational companies in contentious mandates. Interviewees praise him as "a highly qualified labour litigation lawyer," who is "always directly in touch with clients."

Seasoned practitioner Maurício Granadeiro Guimarães is widely admired by interviewees who describe him as "a reference for absolutely everyone in the market." He draws upon his long-standing experience in labour law to represent clients in strategic disputes before the regional and superior labour courts.

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Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice - Labour & Employment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Rodrigo Seizo Takano
- 3 partners
- 32 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Admired team representing major names from the retail, consumer goods and banking industries in an array of contentious and advisory work. Known for its expertise advising on trade union negotiations, mass terminations and collective lawsuits. Additional strength in the prevention and management of crisis scenarios and administrative proceedings involving the Ministry of Labour and the Public Prosecutor's office. Cosan, General Electric, Accenture and Bank of America Merrill Lynch are new client wins.

Strengths One impressed client comments: "The team is highly committed to cases and focuses on solutions-oriented legal strategies. Due to their extensive experience in previous mandates, they foresaw most of the issues we faced which allowed us to prepare for the best possible outcome."

Another source adds: "The labour team stands out for its excellent legal knowledge and highly discerning lawyers who always remain available and look to build long-lasting relationships with clients."

Work highlights Successfully advised Azul Linhas Aéreas on a collective lawsuit filed by a labour union regarding the legality of a mass termination carried out by the client.

Significant clients Zara, Procter & Gamble, Red Bull, SAP, Schneider Electric.

Notable practitioners

"Truly excellent" head of department Rodrigo Takano is focused on strategic negotiations with labour unions, individual and collective disputes and the prevention of labour liabilities. Market sources say: “He is a business-oriented professional who thinks strategically and understands our business needs. He is highly committed, always available and works closely on all our cases.” They add: "We can count on him to find legal solutions tailored towards our business goals."

Andrea Giamondo Massei Rossi is singled out for her labour consultancy practice and her experience in complex employment litigation. She routinely advises clients on remuneration and benefit policies, termination agreements and expatriation issues. Sources note: “She is a business-oriented practitioner who has in-depth knowledge of labour issues" and "knows how to transform complex legal terminology into efficient business solutions."

Up-and-coming partner Caroline Marchi comes highly recommended by peers and clients alike who say: “Her legal abilities and technical knowledge are unique, particularly in court audiences. She is an exceptional lawyer.” Marchi specialises in designing defence strategies in the context of labour claims and administrative proceedings.

Clients recommend associate-to-watch Claudio Giovanni Pieroni as "a highly competent, dedicated and assertive lawyer." Pieroni often provides counsel on mass litigation against trade unions, as well as on strategic individual labour claims.

About the Team (content provided by Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice)

Machado Meyer advises clients with a strategic approach that takes into account the impact of different regulations on routine business. Our focus is to find solutions that help companies modernize, become more competitive, and overcome legal complexity.

The legal advice provided by Machado Meyer also takes into account trends, positioning, and form of operation of officials of the Ministry of Labor, the Public Prosecutor's Office for Labor Affairs, and trade unions, so that our clients may have a comprehensive and updated view on all aspects of the particular situation and thus have the elements necessary for decision making.

We maintain a significant presence in crisis prevention and management, in cases involving regulatory inspections, investigations of employees and executives in various contexts, as well as layoffs.

Always aiming at presenting solutions and alternatives for resolution of conflicts with the least possible impact on the business of our clients, our services include:

Risk assessment involved in each particular situation.

Advice on negotiations and litigation.

Guidance or participation in crisis committees.

To deliver perfectly adapted solutions to our clients, our team of professionals interacts with the firm’s other legal practice areas, in particular, corporate, tax, regulatory, compliance, and litigation.

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Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados - Labour & Employment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service powerhouse well equipped to assist with the entire spectrum of labour and employment matters. Possesses notable expertise in litigation-prevention strategies, negotiations with labour unions and compliance matters. Often retained by domestic and multinational companies from the banking, technology and energy sectors to handle sensitive civil labour claims and class actions. Partners Dario Rabay and Sólon de Almeida Cunha are recent additions to the team.

Strengths Clients praise the team's “excellent quality, deep legal knowledge and experience in labour matters,” adding: “The multidisciplinary nature of the team puts us at ease as this ensures our cases will be analysed from more than one perspective.”

Notable practitioners

Sources describe Sólon de Almeida Cunha as "a reference," and "an awesome lawyer who understands absolutely everything related to labour law." He has a wealth of experience advising market-leading corporations on union negotiations, employment restructuring and labour consultancy matters. Interviewees enthuse: "He is a highly capable professional whose place is undoubtedly among the top tier of lawyers." Cunha frequently represents clients before the Labour Public Prosecutor's Office in strategic mandates.

"Excellent" partner Vilma Toshie Kutomi has over 30 years of experience in labour and immigration law. She has an enviable track record handling collective bargaining agreements and strategic labour litigation for companies in the banking, pharmaceutical and automotive sectors. She also advises on employment compliance policies, expatriation and outsourcing. Interviewees praise her as "an absolute machine of a lawyer who works extremely hard and built the department herself."

Partner Dario Abrahão Rabay regularly assists leading Brazilian and multinational companies with a range of employment issues such as litigation before the labour courts and administrative labour authorities. He also provides counsel on executive compensation and benefit plans. Sources describe him as a "a sensational lawyer," who is "highly skilled and provides quick turnaround." They add: "He is one of the great talents of this new generation."

Rio de Janeiro-based partner Domingos Fortunato draws praise for his activity defending companies and individuals in high-profile labour disputes and class actions. Market commentators endorse him as "a brilliant practitioner" and "a phenomenal multitasker who is highly active in cases and an important name in the market." They add: "He is a very skilled lawyer who has great business acumen and extensive legal knowledge."

About the Team (content provided by Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados)

Counsel on executive compensation and trade union matters and matters related to employment rights and immigration; strategic guidance on negotiations with unions, as well as drafting or reviewing collective labor agreements; representation of clients in court and administrative proceedings; preparation and implementation of salary/benefit plans after business reorganizations or restructurings; labor audits; monitoring legislative proposals and joint work with trade associations to draft proposals for legislative reforms; assistance with legal audits and analysis of labor contingencies in support of corporate transactions; promotion of seminars to improve the knowledge of labor laws devised to professionals in charge of labor relations; restructuring the labor aspects of businesses to combine the law with the needs of clients under one roof.

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Veirano Advogados - Labour & Employment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 29 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Eminent full-service firm boasting remarkable acumen in strategic employment matters. Frequently instructed by multinational companies from the healthcare, aviation and tobacco sectors to advise on labour compliance, internal investigations, strategic collective bargaining and negotiations with trade unions. Team is regularly called upon for its extensive experience assisting clients with mass terminations and contentious mandates involving both class actions and civil claims.

Strengths Market commentators praise the quality of the team's services: "The team is very responsive and consistently delivers high-quality work, very often working with tight deadlines. They understand the importance of not over-engineering their advice and instead focus on providing objective counsel."

Work highlights Successfully advised Microsoft on a labour dispute arising from the closing of its industrial plant and subsequent outsourcing of manufacturing activities.

Significant clients Philip Morris, LATAM, Baker Hughes, Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline.

Notable practitioners

Experienced partner José Carlos Wahle is acclaimed for his expertise in strategic labour disputes and extensive experience providing counsel on compensation policies, employee transfers and special employment conditions. Market observers describe him as "a sensational lawyer with an intelligence that is hard to find." They add: "He is considerate, helpful and provides advice which is both clear and objective."

"Fantastic" co-head of department Luiz Guilherme Moraes Rego Migliora is respected by sources for his experience assisting major local and international companies with strategic labour and product liability litigation. Sources praise him as "a very pragmatic and reassuring lawyer who carefully assesses all options before suggesting a solution and always makes himself available, even at short notice." They add: "He is an extremely strong litigator."

Interviewees highlight Luiz Antonio dos Santos Jr for "his excellent business flair and vast legal knowledge which ensures we make the best decisions for our company and reach excellent results from a contentious perspective." Others attest: "He is one of the few labour lawyers who works well in consultancy, litigation, union negotiations and auditing issues."

Rio-based partner Maria Luisa Soter is endorsed for her "great experience in labour-related immigration matters." She is respected by peers for her valuable experience as a labour judge and also advises domestic and foreign companies on outsourcing, dismissals and collective bargaining agreements.

About the Team (content provided by Veirano Advogados)

In the labor law field in Brazil, where litigation is the rule, success in court is directly related to the expertise of the attorneys involved. At Veirano Advogados, our labor specialists are widely recognized for their ability to provide integrated legal advice and strategies designed to obtain the optimal outcome for their clients.

Our team has the experience to counsel large corporate groups across various economic sectors in matters such as:

• Individual labor claims
• Collective or public civil actions filed by labor unions and the Labor Public Prosecutor’s Office
• Administrative and judicial disputes over matters that are subject to inspection by the Ministry of Labor and Employment, such as outsourcing

Our labor law practice takes a multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach supported by expertise in corporate, tax, and intellectual property law, civil contracts, and other legal areas relevant to managing a workforce in Brazil.

For example, our team provides full advisory services pertaining to labor and employment due diligence and has a tradition of working closely with M&A and tax lawyers and account auditors to facilitate accurate appraisals of our clients’ work routines and litigation history.

Operating with the highest standards of ethics, transparency, and mutual respect, Veirano has an excellent reputation for collective bargaining in segments such as telecommunication, commerce, metallurgy, and IT, pursuing litigation whenever the issue results in a strike.

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Demarest Advogados - Labour & Employment Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Cássia Fernanda Pizzotti, Renato Canizares, Marcello Della Monica and Antonio Frugis
- 6 partners
- 35 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Flourishing labour practice with an extensive national footprint advising on the full range of employment matters. Department is supported by a dedicated social security team. Represents clients from the chemicals, pharmaceuticals and automotive industries in mass terminations, collective bargaining and class actions claims. Also well equipped to advise on internal restructuring and labour compliance. Nike, Avon and Mercer are new client wins.

Strengths Interviewees say: "The team provides high-quality work and issues legal opinions with robust legal foundations and practical solutions for our business."

Work highlights Retained by Ball to assist with the labour aspects of its merger with Rexam. Demarest handled the due diligence and the negotiations regarding the transfer of employees.

Significant clients AkzoNobel, Verizon, Visa, Sherwin-Williams, Dow.

Notable practitioners

Cássia Fernanda Pizzotti regularly advises multinational companies from the pharmaceutical, automotive and technology sectors in collective bargaining, mass dismissals and compensation plans. She is also respected for her expertise in employment restructuring in the context of M&A transactions. Clients remark: “She is business-oriented, meets tight deadlines and is able to draw upon her legal knowledge to offer practical advice that meets our needs.”

Antonio Frugis enters the rankings this year after receiving endorsements from market commentators. He is active in employment disputes before the Labour Public Prosecutor's office related to individual claims involving senior executives, administrative defences and class actions. He is often retained by companies in the chemicals, automotive and banking industries.

Up-and-coming partner Renato Canizares is praised by market sources as "an extremely competent and objective lawyer who always has a solution ready for any problem we may have." His practice covers labour consultancy matters including restructuring and redundancies. He routinely advises start-ups as well as established players in the telecommunications, aviation and hospitality sectors.

About the Team (content provided by Demarest Advogados)

Demarest's Labor and Employment area is structured to provide its clients with customized preventive services in matters involving individual and collective rights as well as in administrative and judicial litigation.

Labor Consulting

  • Legal opinions on labor matters;
  • ​Preparation of legal documents, such as employment contracts, collective bargaining agreements, internal policies, profit and result sharing plans, among others;
  • Analysis of employment-related routines and contingent liabilities in spin-offs, M&A;
  • HR management consulting;
  • Participation in collective bargaining discussions;
  • Conduction of workshops/seminars;
  • Advice on foreign employment contracts and expatriation of employees.
  • Assessment of labor contingent liabilities.

Labor Litigation

  • Preparation of defense in administrative proceedings involving labor and occupation safety matters.
  • Significant performance in administrative proceedings brought by the Labor Prosecution Office.
  • Preparation of defense in legal proceedings and follow-up on the cases at all court levels and jurisdictions (individual proceedings, public-interest civil actions, collective labor disputes), including drafting of all required legal briefs.
  • Personalized follow-up on cases at all Courts.
  • Drafting of reports containing proceeding and statistical information allowing the monitoring, evaluation and management of labor litigation cases.
  • Preparation of due diligence reports intended to support decisions on mergers and acquisitions and department restructuring.

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Pinheiro Neto Advogados - Labour & Employment Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Luís Antônio Ferraz Mendes
- 3 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Experienced team with a strong track record advising key players from the banking, automotive and technology sectors on mass terminations and outsourcing. Valued for its expertise assisting clients with labour-related due diligences in the context of financial transactions, employment-related compliance and preventive litigation strategies. Additionally active in strategic litigation mandates such as class actions and union disputes.

Strengths A satisfied client says: “The team performed spectacular work for us on the biggest labour dispute we had, worldwide. The lawyers are very diligent, understand complex labour litigation issues and work in an objective manner."

Work highlights Represented John Deere in class actions filed by labour unions related to hazardous pay issues.

Significant clients McDonald's, General Motors, Deutsche Bank, Santander, Intel.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Luís Antônio Ferraz Mendes has extensive experience representing senior executives and companies from the technology, manufacturing and banking sectors in contentious mandates. He is an expert in collective negotiations with unions and class actions before the Labour Public Prosecutor's office. Clients go on to assert: “He has a great knowledge of the law and is very strategic. He is the kind of lawyer that solves issues.”

Partner Thais Galo advises an impressive portfolio of corporate clients on preventive litigation strategies, the revision of employment policies and labour-related compliance issues. Clients describe her as "a very capable lawyer who always performs high quality work."

Clients describe up-and-coming partner Maurício Guidi as "technically impeccable, very responsive and available to clients," before adding: "He is an outstanding professional and a truly exceptional lawyer." He advises international clients on a range of labour issues with particular expertise in labour disputes.

About the Team (content provided by Pinheiro Neto Advogados)

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ labor practice has an experienced team of professionals focused exclusively on corporate labor cases. The team offers clients preventive advice to avoid contingencies and liabilities and collaborates with other areas of the firm in due diligence investigations and in mergers and acquisitions, with a focus on labor regulations.

The firm is active in labor litigation, representing corporate clients in administrative and judicial proceedings. Our labor litigation practice focuses on cases that may have a significant impact on our clients’ finances and on cases involving relevant and strategic matters, regardless of the amount involved. Our track record of successful cases at the labor courts is impressive.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados works in synergy with the in-house departments of its clients, including their financial and human resources areas, to discuss the case and build procedural defenses. A value assessment is made in all cases to determine the advisability of litigating or proceeding with the case.

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Robortella Advogados - Labour & Employment Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Luiz Carlos Robortella and Antonio Galvão Peres
- 27 partners

What the team is known for Admired labour boutique recognised in the market for its skilled representation of major domestic and international companies in strategic contentious mandates. Regularly defends multinational clients from the automotive, consumer goods, and construction sectors in mass litigation cases and public civil investigations before the labour public authorities. Avon is a new client.

Strengths Clients note: "The team displays sophisticated legal knowledge and proactively follows up on our cases."

Significant clients Volkswagen, Johnson & Johnson, Hypermarcas, Panasonic, Globo.

Notable practitioners

Esteemed founding partner Luiz Carlos Robortella is widely considered "a reference," and "one of the best labour lawyers in Brazil" for his long-standing strategic litigation practice before labour tribunals. Peers go on to describe him as "one of the icons of labour law," adding: "He is a deeply respected figure for his vast legal knowledge."

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Trench Rossi Watanabe (in cooperation with Baker McKenzie International) - Labour & Employment Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Hercules Celescuekci, Ana Paula Vizintini, Leticia Ribeiro Figueiredo and Tricia Maria Sa de Oliveira
- 4 partners
- 23 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dedicated practice group often retained by leading multinationals from the pharmaceutical, agribusiness and technology sectors for its expertise related to compensation structures, employment health and safety issues and crisis-management scenarios. Comprehensive experience advising on social security law, preventive litigation strategies and providing labour consultancy on a broad ranges of matters.

Strengths Clients note: "The lawyers within the labour team are committed professionals who have remarkable legal knowledge. They strive to become intimately familiar with our business in order to better defend our cases. What we have with them is a real partnership."

Work highlights Advised ABRINTEL (the Brazilian Association of Telecommunications Infrastructure) on the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement with the employers and employees' unions to obtain recognition of tower telecommunications as a separate business segment and to adapt the mandatory salary increase determined by Brazilian legislation to the needs of the business.

Significant clients General Electric, Bridgestone, Ipiranga, China Three Gorges, American Airlines

Notable practitioners

Ana Paula Vizintini focuses on social security law, workplace health and safety regulations and labour litigation. She specialises in collective dismissals, labour-related due diligences, class actions and collective dismissals. Clients describe her as "a highly competent lawyer who has earned the trust of our company." They go on: "She is an active leader who combines sophisticated legal skills with an ability to swiftly identify and resolve our legal issues."

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Baraldi Mélega - Labour & Employment Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Experienced social security and labour boutique well-regarded for its strength advising established names from the banking, insurance and automotive sectors on both consultancy and litigation issues. This highly specialised team is noted for its expertise leading negotiations with trade unions, collective bargaining agreements and strategic employment disputes before all levels of the judiciary.

Strengths Clients praise the boutique as “a highly specialised practice with in-depth knowledge of various labour and employment issues.”

Work highlights Successfully advised a leading company from the hospitality sector on a class action filed by the worker's union regarding alleged hazardous working conditions.

Significant clients Microsoft, Monsanto, Barclays, Cosan, America Latina Logística.

Notable practitioners

Seasoned practitioner Antonio Carlos Vianna de Barros draws upon his vast knowledge of labour issues to advise clients on strikes and collective negotiations. He is additionally respected for his long-standing track record conducting strategic litigation before the superior labour courts. Peers remark: “He is truly a great name in labour law.”

Founding partner Geraldo Baraldi Jr has extensive experience representing leading corporate players in high-profile labour disputes and consultancy mandates involving public civil actions and negotiations before labour unions. Peers describe him as "a reference for labour law who remains active in the market."

About the Team (content provided by Baraldi Mélega)

Baraldi•Mélega Advogados is incorporated as a partnership among Geraldo Baraldi and Marcia Melega out of eight partners and counts with the consultancy of the renowned Mr Antonio Carlos Vianna de Barros.

The firm is a boutique highly specialised and focused on labour and social security practice, which deals with litigation and consultancy matters related thereto, in the judicial and administrative scopes at all levels, by writing legal opinions, providing excellent and recognised legal services.

The firm’s excellency has been recognised by clients and peers worldwide and awarded several nominations in the most well regarded publications.

The litigation team is responsible for rendering complete services in every instance of labour judiciary, all over Brazil. The advisory area offers consulting and auditing, besides following up on inspection actions and administrative procedures in the labour sector as well as in the social security area.

Baraldi•MélegaAdvogados is also specialised in collective bargaining, conducting negotiations on the behalf of major companies’ unions all in every state of Brazil, and assisting merger and acquisitions operations on labour and social security matters.

The firm’s client base includes both Brazilian and foreign companies from all economic sectors: automobile industry, insurance, chemical, food, seeds, auto parts industry, banks, technology, human resources, agribusiness, clothing, infrastructure, hotels and tourism, among others.



 





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BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão - Labour & Employment Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Cibelle Goldfarb and Luiz Marcelo Figueiras de Góis
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted team advising major companies from the energy and pharmaceuticals sectors in contentious mandates, preventive litigation strategies and employment-related compliance matters. Proven experience advising clients on the development of compensation packages, business outsourcing and individual and collective labour disputes. Also sought out for its deep knowledge of social security issues arising out of M&A and corporate restructurings.

Strengths Clients assert: “The team provides truly excellent client-service; they always gets back to us on the same day and have earned our trust. We are truly satisfied with their work."

Work highlights Advised Alelo on over 300 lawsuits and class actions related to the labour rights of banking employees.

Significant clients Energia Sustentável do Brasil, CGG, Expedia, Petromex, APINE.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of practice Cibelle Goldfarb advises leading domestic and international companies on a wide range of labour issues including dismissals, compensation packages and M&A-related employment matters. She is best known for her strength in handling complex litigation mandates. One source attests: “She was phenomenal in all of our cases and is true expert on labour issues coming up with several solutions for each one of our problems."

Sources describe up-and-coming partner Luiz Marcelo Figueiras de Góis as "a well prepared lawyer who has great communication skills and uses business-friendly language." They add: "He offers clients superior legal knowledge which enables him to think 'outside the box' and find creative solutions for our labour problems." He regularly advises clients from the banking, retail and infrastructure sectors on public civil actions, collective actions and lawsuits brought by former executives.

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BMA goes beyond the traditional employment law practice, providing creative and dynamic services that help clients avoid litigation by identifying risks and developing human resources policies and compliance systems. The employment law team also assists clients in developing compensation packages and in lay-offs and business process outsourcing.


In addition to representing clients in individual and collective labor disputes, the employment law team deals with employment and social security questions arising out of mergers and acquisition, privatizations, corporate restructurings and recovery of distressed businesses.

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Bosisio Advogados - Labour & Employment Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Cristóvão Tavares and Nicolau Olivieri
- 12 partners
- 42 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Skilled labour and social security practice known for the breadth of its experience assisting leading finance, oil and gas and pharmaceutical companies with mass and strategic litigation mandates. With notable strength in Rio, the team is often retained to represent clients in lawsuits filed by former employees, public civil investigations and collective negotiations with trade unions. Also handles labour due diligences for M&A transactions.

Strengths Sources note: “The firm has great facilities and a team of experienced professionals which performs high-quality work and consistently delivers positive results to clients."

Work highlights Successfully defended Chevron in a lawsuit regarding the allegedly discriminatory dismissal of an employee.

Significant clients Santander, Itaú, Hyundai, Maersk, BP.

Notable practitioners

Cristóvão Tavares and Nicolau Olivieri are the key contacts for clients.

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Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados - Labour & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established employment practice regularly involved in a range of contentious and non-contentious mandates including terminations, compensation plans and collective bargaining agreements on behalf of major companies from the telecommunications, pharmaceutical and construction industries. Substantial experience handling sensitive labour disputes, such as class actions related to outsourcing and requests for the recognition of employment relationships.

Strengths Interviewees say: "The team is very proactive, available, responsive and technical. They offer labour-related legal services of the highest quality."

Work highlights Successfully advised a domestic construction company on a class action filed by the Public Prosecutor's office requesting the payment of indemnification for moral damages valued at USD1.2 million. The Labour Prosecutor only granted moral damages in the amount of USD30,000.

Notable practitioners

Maria Beatriz Ribeiro Dias Tilkian is the key client contact at the firm.

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Cescon Barrieu’s labour and employment team is widely recognised for handling the market’s most complex, sensitive and strategic matters. 

The firm advises high profile local and foreign groups in a variety of industries on a broad range of non-contentious matters such as high-level executives (including CEOs and CFOs) termination processes, stock options plans, compensation plans, profit sharing agreements, collective bargaining agreements (including, but not limited, to collective dismissals negotiation) and legal opinion on regular and controversial subjects. 

Furthermore, the team handles day-to-day litigation for special clients on court and outside court proceedings. The lawyers also have expertise in the management and reduction of materialized labour liabilities. 

The department works closely with the firm’s market leader M&A department, advising clients on due diligence procedures, identifying and proposing solutions for the liabilities discovered and facilitating the merger transition. The team actively participates on almost every deal handled by the firm’s capital markets department, performing highly specialized due diligence for IPO purposes.

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Mesquita Barros Advogados - Labour & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Long-standing labour boutique acknowledged for its experience representing clients in a wide array of employment matters. Highly specialised team is frequently involved in contentious matters and preventive litigation advice.

Strengths Peers describe Mesquita Barros Advogados as "a very respected firm for labour matters."

Notable practitioners

Widely admired founding partner Cássio Mesquita Barros draws praise for his wealth of experience conducting strategic labour disputes, with sources lauding him as "a genius and an icon." Peers admire him as "a great practitioner and an excellent name who is loved by everybody," adding: "Without a doubt he is a reference in the market."

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Pipek Penteado e Paes Manso Advogados Associados - Labour & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Alexandre Lauria Dutra and Arnaldo Pipek
- 108 partners

What the team is known for Much-admired firm specialised in labour law which enjoys widespread recognition for its strong capabilities in mass litigation claims. Market-leading multinationals working in the food and beverage, retail and automotive industries benefit from its assistance with both contentious matters and complex labour advisory matters.

Strengths Market commentators single out the firm's success in mass litigation cases with one source asserting: "They are one of the best labour names in the market for mass litigation portfolios."

Significant clients Arcos Dourados, PepsiCo, Nokia, Allianz, GM.

Notable practitioners

Esteemed founding partner Arnaldo Pipek is highlighted for his “impressive knowledge of labour legislation and consistent involvement in the proceedings.” He has over 25 years of experience advising on labour litigation matters and expertly assists clients with both class actions and strategic labour claims. Interviewees point out: “He is a highly combative lawyer.”

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Russomano Advocacia - Labour & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Distinguished Brasilia-based labour boutique renowned for its excellent track record defending clients before the superior labour courts. Frequently assists clients with administrative proceedings, preventive litigation strategies and social security issues. Additionally valued for its experience advising on the structuring of remuneration schemes and collective bargaining agreements.

Strengths Interviewees say: "They are one of the best teams working before the superior labour courts and regularly obtain favourable results in highly challenging circumstances."

Notable practitioners

Eminent labour practitioner Victor Russomano Junior is widely commended by market sources for his "outstanding practice in disputes before the Superior Labour Court and Supreme Court where he has obtained favourable results.” They continue: “He is a brilliant lawyer who manages to overturn decisions in a way that is almost miraculous.”

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Siqueira Castro - Advogados - Labour & Employment Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Carlos Eduardo Vianna Cardoso and Otavio Pinto e Silva
- 13 partners
- 198 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Sizeable labour practice noted for its ability to handle an impressive volume of mass litigation portfolios for major players hailing from the energy, telecommunications and retail sectors. Extremely active in strategic and administrative labour proceedings, complex labour consultancy mandates, litigation prevention strategies and labour-related compliance issues.

Strengths Market commentators say: “The firm displays a great deal of commitment and recently provided us with a robust and well-founded defence."

Work highlights Permanent advisor to TIM on day-to-day labour and social security issues as well as in strategic claims filed against the company throughout Brazil.

Significant clients Raizen, Light, General Electric, C&A, Camargo Corrêa.

Notable practitioners

Seasoned practitioner Otavio Pinto e Silva is held in high esteem for his long-standing practice and academic expertise in the labour market, with interviewees describing him as "fantastic." Pinto e Silva has over 25 years of experience advising clients on social security legislation, high-profile employment disputes and preventive litigation strategies. Sources say: "He moves easily between the litigation and consultancy spheres. He is known for his excellent communication skills and is very pragmatic."

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Advocacia Maciel - Labour & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established Brasília-based firm noted for its experience representing clients before the superior labour courts. Noted for the quality of its advice on a wide variety of employment matters such as labour contracts, preventive litigation strategies, collective bargaining agreements and labour-related compliance matters.

Strengths Peers note: "They are an accomplished firm which is consistently active before the labour courts in Brasilia."

Notable practitioners

Brasília-based founding partner José Alberto Couto Maciel is acknowledged by interviewees for his extensive experience conducting precedent-setting employment disputes before the superior courts. He stands out for his strong academic expertise and impressive track record in the field. Market sources praise him as "a very respected name in Brasilia" who is "widely admired for his performance in complex and strategic cases."

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Azevedo Sette Advogados - Labour & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Leila Azevedo Sette, Luanna Vieira de Lima Costa, Gustavo Magalhães Assis and Paulo Ciari de Almeida
- 4 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted practice with an established presence in Minas Gerais. Regularly advises companies from the construction, mining and technology sectors in administrative and judicial labour litigation such as class actions, collective lawsuits and high-profile individual employment disputes. Experienced in handling labour due diligence, negotiating settlement agreements and advising on human resource policies.

Strengths Clients report: "The firm is well organised, impeccably administered and has on a team of highly qualified and attentive professionals with superior legal knowledge."

Work highlights Advised ISDIN on its entire portfolio of labour disputes successfully reducing the passive labour contingency by BRL1.5 million.

Significant clients Claro, Andrade Gutierrez, White Martins, Amazon, Netflix.

Notable practitioners

Leila Azevedo Sette, Luanna Costa, Gustavo Magalhães and Paulo Almeida are the key client contacts.

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Azevedo Sette Advogados provides legal assistance to recognized corporate groups, including leading domestic and foreign business groups that operates in Brazil. The law firm has extensive experience in working with all types of organizations, public and private companies, limited liability companies and firms active in regulated sectors, including financial institutions and insurance operators, and others. 

Azevedo Sette Advogados maintains an active presence in the labour field, assisting large-scale domestic and foreign companies with administrative and judicial litigation and offering related legal consulting services. The law firm has a team of specialized professionals in public civil litigation, consulting on class action suits, collective lawsuits, filing of applications for restraining orders and injunctive relief, and collective labour disputes, including work stoppages and strikes. Also, its experience includes Litigation (mass and strategic), legal counselling on HR practices, due diligence for M&A transactions, analysis and drafting of employment contracts, service agreements and settlement agreements, and hiring and terminating employment contracts for key executives.

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Koury Lopes Advogados - Labour & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Alexandre Pessoa and Ana Cristina Valentim
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Compact practice group routinely sought out by names from the life sciences, chemicals and telecommunications sectors to assist with a range of employment matters including strategic labour claims, trade union negotiations and employment-related due diligence. Additional capabilities advising clients on mass terminations, compensation schemes and the prevention of labour liabilities.

Strengths Clients say: "The team has great communication skills and provides very swift responses. Their legal knowledge and dedication to clients makes them stand out in the market."

Work highlights Successfully advised a major life sciences multinational before the Higher Labour Court on a dispute related to the legality of its research activities.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Alexandre Pessoa advises companies on mass employment terminations, collective bargaining agreements and immigration issues. He has experience in labour litigation and in the reduction of labour claims. Sources describe him as "an impressive professional who has a terrific ability to make Brazilian labour laws easy to understand for those of us in other jurisdictions." They add: "He is a delight to work with."

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KLA is known as a sophisticated boutique on Labour & Employment. Mr. Pessoa has experience with litigation and their constant presence in Court ensure the best advice to KLA's clients.

KLA Labour & Employment team spare no efforts to work very close to clients, visiting their offices and plants, understanding their business, their markets, HR policies and their needs, which contributes for the best possible strategies to mitigate and avoid labour exposures.

We have extensive experience in judicial and consulting labor area, advising and defending interests of a wide range of legal entities, including industries, commercial and service companies and financial institutions.

The Labour & Employment practice was designed to assist KLA's clients with quick and objective responses. Clients contact the team at the time of their convenience, and have total freedom to call them on their mobiles, at any time. We are available 24/7.

In addition to working with labour litigation, advice and legal due diligence, KLA Labour & Employment team offers tailored training for its clients, with the purpose to keep them informed of trends, key issues and to prevent unnecessary exposures. The team also promotes seminars for KLA's clients, which are based on their practical view of the problems most employers are experiencing, with the purpose to help them to protect themselves in an environment where workers still receive excessive protection from the Labour Laws.

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Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados - Labour & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Dynamic labour practice well-equipped to handle the full range of employment matters. Team assists a predominantly domestic client base from the insurance and energy sectors with lawsuits filed by former employees, as well as with civil public disputes, collective bargaining agreements and the training of employees.

Strengths Market commentators say: "The team consists of excellent litigators and advisors with great understanding of how to handle difficult cases and create successful strategies."

Notable practitioners

Maria Fernanda de Medeiros Redi is the main contact for clients.

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LILLA, HUCK, OTRANTO, CAMARGO is active in the most diverse fields of labor relations, offering legal advice and representing clients in collective bargainings, as well as in strike situations, inspections and audits. The firm has expertise in matters such as flexible working hours and control of working hours; career and salary planning; forms of variable compensation; doubts concerning payment of allowances and other labor and payroll charges; rules on labor entitlements, promotions and job changes; employee duties and assignments; doubts involving issuance of payment forms and labor documents in general; hiring and granting of benefits under incentive; profit sharing; contract termination; closing of units; voluntary termination plans; legal rules on safety and occupational medicine, and on accident prevention; monitoring and shutdown of facilities and equipment.

We represent our clients’ interests in labor claims in both the administrative and judicial spheres.We assist our clients in evaluating labor contingencies, calculating claims, awards and charges and in determining the chances of success or likelihood of defeat in legal proceedings to help them make strategic decisions and negotiate settlements.

We have vast experience in outsourcing, mass layoffs, the Workers’ Food Program (Programa de Alimentação do Trabalhador), indebtedness with the Unemployment Compensation Fund (Fundo de Garantia do Tempo de Serviço), and Terms of Agreement (Termos de Ajustamento de Conduta).

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Mascaro Nascimento Advogados - Labour & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 40 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Proficient team noted for its experience in contentious labour and employment mandates. Frequently retained by companies from the renewable energy, consumer goods and textile sectors for its expertise handling class actions, mass litigation portfolios and claims made by former employees.

Strengths Clients praise the team's "in-depth knowledge of labour matters."

Notable practitioners

Marcelo Mascaro Nascimento and Neuza Costa Mascaro Nascimento are the key client contacts.

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Paixão Côrtes Advogados - Labour & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Brasília-based boutique with renowned expertise advising clients in labour disputes before the higher courts. Draws upon its accomplished track record in previous cases to collaborate with other firms in high-profile employment litigation.

Strengths Peers say: "It is one of the best law firms in Brasilia," adding: "The team is highly specialised in labour disputes and performs excellent work."

Notable practitioners

Name partner Osmar Mendes Paixão Côrtes is admired in the market for his remarkable experience handling strategic labour disputes before the superior courts. Clients praise him as "a highly qualified lawyer who is easy to work with and performs well before all of the higher courts."

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Senior Statesmen

Agenor Barreto Parente

Rio Branco Paranhos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources praise "brilliant and inspiring" partner Agenor Barreto Parente of Rio Branco Paranhos describing him as “a highly respected lawyer for his litigation practice before the labour courts." Parente is well known among peers for his skilled defence of employees in high-stakes labour disputes. Interviewees add: "He is a true icon in the São Paulo market.”

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Senior Statesmen

Maurício Granadeiro Guimarães

Granadeiro Guimarães Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Seasoned practitioner Maurício Granadeiro Guimarães is widely admired by interviewees who describe him as "a reference for absolutely everyone in the market." He draws upon his long-standing experience in labour law to represent clients in strategic disputes before the regional and superior labour courts.

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Senior Statesmen

Cássio Mesquita Barros

Mesquita Barros Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Widely admired founding partner Cássio Mesquita Barros draws praise for his wealth of experience conducting strategic labour disputes, with sources lauding him as "a genius and an icon." Peers admire him as "a great practitioner and an excellent name who is loved by everybody," adding: "Without a doubt he is a reference in the market."  

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Senior Statesmen

Antonio Carlos Vianna de Barros

Baraldi Mélega

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Seasoned practitioner Antonio Carlos Vianna de Barros draws upon his vast knowledge of labour issues to advise clients on strikes and collective negotiations. He is additionally respected for his long-standing track record conducting strategic litigation before the superior labour courts. Peers remark: “He is truly a great name in labour law.”

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Star Individuals

Mallet Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Revered founding partner Estêvão Mallet is held in the highest esteem by market commentators for his long-standing labour and employment practice. He boasts a wealth of experience in high-profile individual and collective disputes as well as in advisory work. Peers say: “He is a reference with a distinguished track record and a brilliant academic career." One source commends him as a "simply fantastic practitioner," while another asserts: "He is one of the best labour lawyers in Brazil."

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Sólon de Almeida Cunha

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources describe Sólon de Almeida Cunha as "a reference," and "an awesome lawyer who understands absolutely everything related to labour law." He has a wealth of experience advising market-leading corporations on union negotiations, employment restructuring and labour consultancy matters. Interviewees enthuse: "He is a highly capable professional whose place is undoubtedly among the top tier of lawyers." Cunha frequently represents clients before the Labour Public Prosecutor's Office in strategic mandates.

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Luiz Carlos Robortella

Robortella Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Esteemed founding partner Luiz Carlos Robortella is widely considered "a reference," and "one of the best labour lawyers in Brazil" for his long-standing strategic litigation practice before labour tribunals. Peers go on to describe him as "one of the icons of labour law," adding: "He is a deeply respected figure for his vast legal knowledge."

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Mihoko Sirley Kimura

TozziniFreire Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Highly competent" co-head of department Mihoko Sirley Kimura garners praise from peers and clients alike for her labour consultancy practice. Sources say: "Mihoko has an outstanding knowledge of labour law and provides great solutions in practical terms. She is very detail-oriented and strives to understand how her client's business works." She draws praise for her expertise in the prevention of labour liabilities, the creation of strategies for hiring and compensating employees and her comprehensive knowledge of social security law.

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Mannrich e Vasconcelos Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market sources commend Nelson Mannrich of Mannrich, Senra e Vasconcelos Advogados for his vast academic knowledge and describe him as "a great reference" and a "technically exceptional and admired lawyer." Mannrich is an expert in preventive litigation strategies, business outsourcing and collective dismissals, as well as in crisis-management scenarios.

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Luís Antônio Ferraz Mendes

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Luís Antônio Ferraz Mendes has extensive experience representing senior executives and companies from the technology, manufacturing and banking sectors in contentious mandates. He is an expert in collective negotiations with unions and class actions before the Labour Public Prosecutor's office. Clients go on to assert: “He has a great knowledge of the law and is very strategic. He is the kind of lawyer that solves issues.”

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Luiz Guilherme Moraes Rego Migliora

Veirano Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Fantastic" co-head of department Luiz Guilherme Moraes Rego Migliora is respected by sources for his experience assisting major local and international companies with strategic labour and product liability litigation. Sources praise him as "a very pragmatic and reassuring lawyer who carefully assesses all options before suggesting a solution and always makes himself available, even at short notice." They add: "He is an extremely strong litigator."

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Marcelo Pereira Gômara

TozziniFreire Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Experienced labour lawyer Marcelo Pereira Gômara is widely recognised in the market for his track record representing clients in union negotiations and the settlement of labour claims. He specialises in preventive litigation strategies and assists with the structuring of benefits plans and profit-sharing schemes. Market commentators laud him as "a very well prepared and bold professional who is always proactive and displays strong leadership skills."

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Otavio Pinto e Silva

Siqueira Castro - Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Seasoned practitioner Otavio Pinto e Silva is held in high esteem for his long-standing practice and academic expertise in the labour market, with interviewees describing him as "fantastic." Pinto e Silva has over 25 years of experience advising clients on social security legislation, high-profile employment disputes and preventive litigation strategies. Sources say: "He moves easily between the litigation and consultancy spheres. He is known for his excellent communication skills and is very pragmatic."

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Vilma Toshie Kutomi

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Excellent" partner Vilma Toshie Kutomi has over 30 years of experience in labour and immigration law. She has an enviable track record handling collective bargaining agreements and strategic labour litigation for companies in the banking, pharmaceutical and automotive sectors. She also advises on employment compliance policies, expatriation and outsourcing. Interviewees praise her as "an absolute machine of a lawyer who works extremely hard and built the department herself."

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José Carlos Wahle

Veirano Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Experienced partner José Carlos Wahle is acclaimed for his expertise in strategic labour disputes and extensive experience providing counsel on compensation policies, employee transfers and special employment conditions. Market observers describe him as "a sensational lawyer with an intelligence that is hard to find." They add: "He is considerate, helpful and provides advice which is both clear and objective."

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Geraldo Baraldi Jr

Baraldi Mélega

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Geraldo Baraldi Jr has extensive experience representing leading corporate players in high-profile labour disputes and consultancy mandates involving public civil actions and negotiations before labour unions. Peers describe him as "a reference for labour law who remains active in the market."

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Luiz Felipe Tenório da Veiga

Tenório da Veiga Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Experienced founding partner Luiz Felipe Tenório da Veiga of Tenório da Veiga Advogados is known for the strength of his Rio-based labour practice. Interviewees describe him as "an excellent lawyer and a great name in the labour market." He focuses his practice on strategic labour disputes and preventive litigation strategies.

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Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso

TozziniFreire Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Respected practitioner Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso is well known in the labour market for the strength of his mass litigation capabilities. He frequently assists clients with complex labour claims involving senior executives and large-scale strikes. Interviewees praise him as "a lawyer of the highest quality who draws upon his experience, sharp business knowledge and sense of urgency to obtain very favourable results in the name of clients."

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Luiz Antonio dos Santos Jr

Veirano Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Interviewees highlight Luiz Antonio dos Santos Jr for "his excellent business flair and vast legal knowledge which ensures we make the best decisions for our company and reach excellent results from a contentious perspective." Others attest: "He is one of the few labour lawyers who works well in consultancy, litigation, union negotiations and auditing issues."

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Band 3

Pessoa Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources commend Maurício Pessoa of Pessoa Advogados as a “sophisticated strategist with in-depth technical expertise.” He handles high-profile disputes before the Supreme Federal Court. Interviewees report: “He led complex and sensitive cases on our behalf, always helping us to make the best decisions to ensure we reached favourable outcomes.” They add: "He is an expert in labour law"

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Band 3

Pipek Penteado e Paes Manso Advogados Associados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Esteemed founding partner Arnaldo Pipek is highlighted for his “impressive knowledge of labour legislation and consistent involvement in the proceedings.” He has over 25 years of experience advising on labour litigation matters and expertly assists clients with both class actions and strategic labour claims. Interviewees point out: “He is a highly combative lawyer.”

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Band 3

Cássia Fernanda Pizzotti

Demarest Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Cássia Fernanda Pizzotti regularly advises multinational companies from the pharmaceutical, automotive and technology sectors in collective bargaining, mass dismissals and compensation plans. She is also respected for her expertise in employment restructuring in the context of M&A transactions. Clients remark: “She is business-oriented, meets tight deadlines and is able to draw upon her legal knowledge to offer practical advice that meets our needs.”

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Band 3

Dario Abrahão Rabay

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Dario Abrahão Rabay regularly assists leading Brazilian and multinational companies with a range of employment issues such as litigation before the labour courts and administrative labour authorities. He also provides counsel on executive compensation and benefit plans. Sources describe him as a "a sensational lawyer," who is "highly skilled and provides quick turnaround." They add: "He is one of the great talents of this new generation."

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Band 3

Victor Russomano Junior

Russomano Advocacia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Eminent labour practitioner Victor Russomano Junior is widely commended by market sources for his "outstanding practice in disputes before the Superior Labour Court and Supreme Court where he has obtained favourable results.” They continue: “He is a brilliant lawyer who manages to overturn decisions in a way that is almost miraculous.”

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Band 4

De Luca, Derenusson, Schuttoff e Azevedo Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Leila Alves of De Luca, Derenusson, Schuttoff e Azevedo Advogados draws praise from clients and peers alike: "She has a deep knowledge of labour law which puts our minds at ease" and is "a highly efficient lawyer with both the ability and the creativity to solve our problems." She frequently assists domestic and foreign clients with investigations before the Public Prosecutor's office, contentious mandates and immigration law.

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Fábio Chong de Lima

L.O. Baptista Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Fábio Chong de Lima of L.O. Baptista Advogados is regularly called upon to assist clients with complex lawsuits filed by former employees and investigations conducted by the Labour Public Prosecutor's office. He also advises on profit-sharing schemes and trade union classification. Sources describe him as "a very competent professional who is very active in the labour market." 

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José Alberto Couto Maciel

Advocacia Maciel

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Brasília-based founding partner José Alberto Couto Maciel is acknowledged by interviewees for his extensive experience conducting precedent-setting employment disputes before the superior courts. He stands out for his strong academic expertise and impressive track record in the field. Market sources praise him as "a very respected name in Brasilia" who is "widely admired for his performance in complex and strategic cases."

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André de Melo Ribeiro

Dias Carneiro Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients acclaim partner André de Melo Ribeiro of Dias Carneiro Advogados for his business acumen and solutions-oriented counsel. He has notable experience advising clients on negotiations and disputes with trade unions. Market sources say: “His advice takes into consideration potential business impacts and risks. He always considers a number of solutions and viable alternatives to solve our issues.” They add: "He is a highly knowledgeable labour lawyer who focuses on solving our problems." 

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João Pedro Eyler Povoa

Bichara Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Rio-based João Pedro Eyler Povoa of Bichara Advogados heads the labour practice and is frequently retained by leading Brazilian companies to negotiate with trade unions and lead complex disputes. Clients report: "He is a very competent lawyer especially when dealing with strategic and high-value cases," adding: "He has consolidated expertise, remains available and provides great client-service."

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Wolnei Tadeu Ferreira

Ferreira Rodrigues Sociedade de Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Wolnei Tadeu Ferreira of Ferreira Rodrigues Sociedade de Advogados is highlighted for his expertise representing unions. Sources attest: "He is very successful in this specific niche and is especially well known in the contentious sphere." He has substantial experience in trade union negotiations and frequently assists clients with mass litigation cases.

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Boriska Ferreira Rocha

Schroeder & Valverde Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Boriska Ferreira Rocha of BFR Advogados is noted for her experience advising major corporate players on preventive litigation strategies, the hiring and termination of senior executives and strategic labour disputes. She is also noted for her significant knowledge of social security issues. Clients say: "She understands the needs of our company and provides us with the best possible legal advice."

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Domingos Fortunato

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Rio de Janeiro-based partner Domingos Fortunato draws praise for his activity defending companies and individuals in high-profile labour disputes and class actions. Market commentators endorse him as "a brilliant practitioner" and "a phenomenal multitasker who is highly active in cases and an important name in the market." They add: "He is a very skilled lawyer who has great business acumen and extensive legal knowledge." 

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Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Thais Galo advises an impressive portfolio of corporate clients on preventive litigation strategies, the revision of employment policies and labour-related compliance issues. Clients describe her as "a very capable lawyer who always performs high quality work."

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Andrea Giamondo Massei Rossi

Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Andrea Giamondo Massei Rossi is singled out for her labour consultancy practice and her experience in complex employment litigation. She routinely advises clients on remuneration and benefit policies, termination agreements and expatriation issues. Sources note: “She is a business-oriented practitioner who has in-depth knowledge of labour issues" and "knows how to transform complex legal terminology into efficient business solutions."

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BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of practice Cibelle Goldfarb advises leading domestic and international companies on a wide range of labour issues including dismissals, compensation packages and M&A-related employment matters. She is best known for her strength in handling complex litigation mandates. One source attests: “She was phenomenal in all of our cases and is true expert on labour issues coming up with several solutions for each one of our problems."

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Gustavo Granadeiro Guimarães

Granadeiro Guimarães Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Name partner and co-head of practice Gustavo Granadeiro Guimarães is well known in the labour sphere for his skilled representation of national and multinational companies in contentious mandates. Interviewees praise him as "a highly qualified labour litigation lawyer," who is "always directly in touch with clients."

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Andrade, Foz, Hypolito e Médicis Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Mariá Guitti of Andrade, Foz, Hypolito e Médicis Advogados is much-admired for her expertise assisting clients with restructuring, employee transfers, expatriation and the dismissal of high-level employees. She additionally offers experience in business outsourcing, social security law and the analysis of human resources policies. Sources describe her as "a very qualified," and "an intelligent lawyer."

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Filhorini, Blanco e Carmeline Law Firm

From the Chambers Latin America guide

New addition to the rankings Flávia Lepique of Filhorini, Blanco e Carmeline Law Firm draws plaudits for her expertise in strategic labour litigation mandates. Lepique also advises on crisis-management scenarios, litigation prevention strategies and employment-related compliance. Sources endorse her as "an excellent lawyer" and "a rising name in this field."

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Ana Amélia Mascarenhas Camargos

Oliveira Ramos Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Peers describe professor Ana Amélia Mascarenhas Camargos of Oliveira Ramos Advogados as a "very respected" and "excellent lawyer" for her ample knowledge of administrative proceedings, collective bargaining agreements and contentious matters.

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Koury Lopes Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Alexandre Pessoa advises companies on mass employment terminations, collective bargaining agreements and immigration issues. He has experience in labour litigation and in the reduction of labour claims. Sources describe him as "an impressive professional who has a terrific ability to make Brazilian labour laws easy to understand for those of us in other jurisdictions." They add: "He is a delight to work with."

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Roberto Pierri Bersch

TozziniFreire Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Roberto Pierri Bersch heads the labour practice at the Porto Alegre office from where he actively assists clients with class actions and labour compliance mandates. Market sources describe him as “a very dedicated, enthusiastic and innovative practitioner who continually strives to find out-of-the-box solutions for our cases.”

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Maria Luisa Soter

Veirano Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Rio-based partner Maria Luisa Soter is endorsed for her "great experience in labour-related immigration matters." She is respected by peers for her valuable experience as a labour judge and also advises domestic and foreign companies on outsourcing, dismissals and collective bargaining agreements.

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Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Truly excellent" head of department Rodrigo Takano is focused on strategic negotiations with labour unions, individual and collective disputes and the prevention of labour liabilities. Market sources say: “He is a business-oriented professional who thinks strategically and understands our business needs. He is highly committed, always available and works closely on all our cases.” They add: "We can count on him to find legal solutions tailored towards our business goals."

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Ana Paula Vizintini

Trench Rossi Watanabe (in cooperation with Baker McKenzie International)

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Ana Paula Vizintini focuses on social security law, workplace health and safety regulations and labour litigation. She specialises in collective dismissals, labour-related due diligences, class actions and collective dismissals. Clients describe her as "a highly competent lawyer who has earned the trust of our company." They go on: "She is an active leader who combines sophisticated legal skills with an ability to swiftly identify and resolve our legal issues."

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Up and Coming

Demarest Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Renato Canizares is praised by market sources as "an extremely competent and objective lawyer who always has a solution ready for any problem we may have." His practice covers labour consultancy matters including restructuring and redundancies. He routinely advises start-ups as well as established players in the telecommunications, aviation and hospitality sectors.

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Up and Coming

Luiz Marcelo Figueiras de Góis

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources describe up-and-coming partner Luiz Marcelo Figueiras de Góis as "a well prepared lawyer who has great communication skills and uses business-friendly language." They add: "He offers clients superior legal knowledge which enables him to think 'outside the box' and find creative solutions for our labour problems." He regularly advises clients from the banking, retail and infrastructure sectors on public civil actions, collective actions and lawsuits brought by former executives.

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Up and Coming

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients describe up-and-coming partner Maurício Guidi as "technically impeccable, very responsive and available to clients," before adding: "He is an outstanding professional and a truly exceptional lawyer." He advises international clients on a range of labour issues with particular expertise in labour disputes.

Partner Thais Galo advises an impressive portfolio of corporate clients on preventive litigation strategies, the revision of employment policies and labour-related compliance issues. Clients describe her as "a very capable lawyer who always performs high quality work."

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Up and Coming

Bruno Herrlein Correia de Melo

Herrlein & Lopes Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Bruno Herrlein Correia de Melo of Herrlein & Lopes Advogados is singled out by market sources for his experience leading cases before the labour courts and the Public Prosecutor's office. Clients say: "He is a highly knowledgeable labour lawyer who gets back to us swiftly." They add: "He develops robust legal strategies and energetically defends our interests before labour courts, successfully reversing decisions for our company."

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Up and Coming

Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Caroline Marchi comes highly recommended by peers and clients alike who say: “Her legal abilities and technical knowledge are unique, particularly in court audiences. She is an exceptional lawyer.” Marchi specialises in designing defence strategies in the context of labour claims and administrative proceedings.

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Up and Coming

Aldo Augusto Martinez Neto

Santos Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Aldo Augusto Martinez Neto of Santos Neto Advogados is well-recognised for his capable litigation skills and comprehensive knowledge of labour law. Market sources enthuse: “Aldo possess excellent legal knowledge. Although he is more experienced in litigation, he also provides a great service in employment consultancy. Delivering excellent client-service is one of his best qualities.”

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Up and Coming

Patricia Medeiros Barboza

Chaves, Gelman, Machado, Gilberto e Barboza Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Patricia Medeiros Barboza of Chaves, Gelman, Machado, Gilberto e Barboza Advogados garners praise for her labour litigation practice with clients describing her as “an extremely professional, committed and trustworthy lawyer who boasts up-to-date legal knowledge and is able to liaise with stakeholders of all levels, including senior executives based in our foreign headquarters.”

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Up and Coming

Campos Mello Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Mauricio Tanabe of Campos Mello Advogados co-heads the department and is respected for his track record representing companies from the oil and gas, telecommunications and consumer goods sectors in collective bargaining and trade union negotiations. Sources praise his “in-depth knowledge and dynamic client service.”

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Associates to watch

Claudio Giovanni Pieroni

Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients recommend associate-to-watch Claudio Giovanni Pieroni as "a highly competent, dedicated and assertive lawyer." Pieroni often provides counsel on mass litigation against trade unions, as well as on strategic individual labour claims.

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