Brazil: Environment 2018

In this chapter we highlight 31 lawyers as the country’s top environmental practitioners this year. The individuals below offer clients a wealth of expertise both litigating and advising on environmental accidents, solid waste management, class actions and project approval.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Édis Milaré Milaré Advogados, São Paulo
2. Paulo de Bessa Antunes Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown, Rio de Janeiro
3. Lina Pimentel Garcia Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, São Paulo

Milaré Advogados stands out in the field of environmental law, achieving three nominations this year.
Édis Milaré is one of the foremost environment practitioners in the country and is described as “the very best” by peers. He is “an outstanding lawyer” who is said to have “changed the way environmental law is done in Brazil”.
Rita Maria Borges Franco garners high praise from colleagues for her top-notch work handling complex environmental due diligence and litigation.
Priscila Santos Artigas is a well-recognised figure in the market according to observers, who note she is “very dedicated and very knowledgeable” on matters relating to the mining industry.

At Tabet Bueno & Franco Advogados, Fernando Tabet enjoys a reputation in the market as a “very dedicated and talented lawyer” who is noted as “a distinguished name in environmental law”. He offers particular expertise when it comes to due diligence concerns.
Ana Claudia La Plata de Mello Franco is an impressive practitioner who receives widespread support from market players this year. She is a superb litigator, offering clients more than 20 years’ experience in the field.

At Tauil & Chequer Advogados, Paulo de Bessa Antunes is “respected for his expertise” in the field according to market players, who rate his impressive work on licensing and rights issues.

At Sion Advogados Alexandre Sion has a “strong technical background” and is “always available to answer queries in a fast way”. Sources note that he is “able to align his experience with business necessity” on matters including licensing and environmental litigation.

Luiz Fernando Henry Sant'Anna of Demarest Advogados is a “shining star” in the market and is “very active and tremendous to work with” according to commentators. He is “diligent, punctual and timely with each step of the process”, offering great experience on environment litigation.

At Veirano Advogados Ana Luci Grizzi is “always handling big cases” according to sources who commend her first-rate work advising clients on environment-related due diligence and litigation.

At Pires Castanho Consultoria Ambiental, Renata Oliveira Pires Castanho is “a strong lawyer” who boasts a great reputation in the market for her adept handling of contentious matters. One source notes, “She is the first person I would recommend if we had a conflict of interest.”

Walter José Senise of Aceti Senise Paiva is “a very skilled practitioner” and “a well-known lawyer” in the Brazilian environment space. He is known for his expertise handling environmental management matters.

At TozziniFreire Advogados Adriana Mathias Baptista stands out as “a great lawyer” who is highly rated for her “deep knowledge” of environmental law matters. She is particularly impressive when advising clients on environment-related M&A matters.

At Felsberg Advogados, Fabricio Dorado Soler is praised by respondents as a “dedicated lawyer” who is known for his wide-ranging experience handling waste-related environmental issues.

Passos De Freitas e Oliveira Franco Advocacia’s Vladimir Passos de Freitas is a “very well-known environmental expert” who has a strong reputation in the market for his deep understanding of environmental and administrative law.

Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados’ Lina Pimentel Garcia is a “strong and skilled” attorney who is well known for her considerable experience on matters relating to solid waste and the management of contaminated sites.

Werner Grau Neto of Pinheiro Neto Advogados is an excellent practitioner who sources rate highly for his expertise on matters relating to environmental due diligence across the manufacturing and infrastructure sectors.

At Buzaglo Dantas Advogados Marcelo Buzaglo Dantas is a favourite among respondents who praise his defence work in class actions. He offers more than two decades of experience handling environment-related matters across a broad range of industries.

Oscar Graça Couto at Graça Couto Advogados is “a well-known practitioner” in the field of environmental law. He has an impressive practice that sees him advise and represent clients on both advisory and contentious matters.  

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