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Firm Profile

Marcelo Leonardo Advogados Associados

Firm Profile

Belo Horizonte - MG

  • Profile
  • Av. Afonso Pena, 4100. 11º andar
  • Mangabeiras
  • Belo Horizonte - MG
  • Minas Gerais
  • Brazil

Firm profile submitted by Marcelo Leonardo Advogados Associados

Managing Partners: Marcelo Leonardo and Sérgio Leonardo
Senior Partners: Vânia Leonardo, Rogério Leonardo, Carolina Leonardo, Cristiane Leonardo, Claudio Abbatepaulo
Number of other lawyers:
Languages:English, Portuguese, Spanish


Founded in 1949, Marcelo Leonardo Advogados is a family-run firm specialising in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, concentrating on White Collar Crime and Corporate Criminal Law.
Started by Jair Leonardo Lopes (deceased), Professor Emeritus of Criminal Law at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and former president of the Minas Gerais section of the Brazilian Bar Association (1987 to 1990), Marcelo Leonardo Advogados is the only Brazilian criminal law firm to achieve three generations of lawyers in almost 70 years of practice. The following generations of Marcelo Leonardo Advogados’ lawyers keep the same solid academic background as its founding partner and continue to leave their mark at the Brazilian Bar Association. Senior partner Marcelo Leonardo ran the Minas Gerais section of the Association from 1998 to 2003; and Sérgio Leonardo was the Director of the Communication Department from 2010 to 2012, member of the Board as Deputy Secretary-General from 2013 to 2015 and currently the Association’s Finance Director. The firm’s representativeness was also recognised when Jair Leonardo Lopes was invited to participate in the Committee of Jurists of the Ministry of Justice that was in charge of the Reform of the Criminal Code General Part in 1984 and when Marcelo Leonardo participated in the Committee of Jurists of the Senate, which worked on the draft of the Criminal Code Reform from 2011 to 2012.
Passion for the practice of criminal law is the firm’s hallmark. Being a family firm guarantees the seamless coordination of the work and ensures that the clients' interests are met speedily and securely.
Marcelo Leonardo Advogados has a national presence and counts on robust technology to support communication between its offices and staff.
The firm’s expertise and leadership over seven decades of exclusive practice in Criminal Law have resulted in their constant recognition as one of the most admired firms in the area in Brazil.


Marcelo Leonardo Advogados has a long-established reputation as a leading Brazilian firm specialising in criminal law and criminal procedure, notably white-collar crime and corporate criminal law. It advises corporations, financial institutions and individuals affected by criminal or regulatory investigations.
The firm delivers high-quality services and has a meticulous approach when acting across a wide spectrum of criminal cases such as crime against the public administration, crime against labour organisations, bidding process crime, traffic crime, electoral crime, computer crime and extraditions. In the past three decades, Marcelo Leonardo Advogados has become renowned for its outstanding work on cases related to Economic Criminal Law, setting the firm apart for its ability in the defence of crimes against the financial system, crimes against tax and the economic order, crimes against the capital markets, social security crimes, antitrust crimes, environmental crimes, money laundering, crimes against intellectual property, corporate and bankruptcy crimes.

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