Bernardo Buarque Schiller is co-founder of Campos Mello Advogados and a partner in the firm’s real estate practice, based in Rio de Janeiro.
He has an extensive practice in the areas of real estate and civil litigation, representing a wide variety of leading real estate construction companies and developers.
Recent editions of Chambers Latin America recognised Bernardo as a leading individual in real estate, being described by clients as a “top choice, as he’s dynamic, incredibly quick to respond and excellent at all the technical aspects of a deal” and also as “a point of reference in the market”.
Bernardo began his career as a trainee at the law firm of Sérgio Faria Sardenberg, at the time associated to Baker & McKenzie, where he worked between 1970 and 1972. In 1973, he joined the firm of Antonio Augusto de Vasconcellos Neto. He started his extensive experience in the public sector in 1974, when he passed the public exam for the Public Attorney’s Office of the state of Guanabara – currently state of Rio de Janeiro –, acting initially as a public defense attorney within the Civil and Probate Chambers and later as a public attorney within the Criminal Chambers, as well as a curator within the Bankruptcy and Judicial Recovery courts.
Between 1977 and 1996, he was an associate at Wolfe Gerchenzon Advogados. During his period at the firm, he was also chief advisor in the Legal Advisory of the Planning and Coordination Secretariat of the state of Rio de Janeiro (1988–1989) and Chief Advisor in the Civil Affairs Office of the state of Rio de Janeiro (1990–1991). A few years later, between 1998 and 1999, he was Chief Advisor in the Civil Law Advisory of the Attorney General’s Office of the state of Rio de Janeiro. In 1997, Bernardo became a partner of LA Campos Mello Advogados, the predecessor firm of Campos Mello, Pontes, Vinci & Schiller Advogados – currently Campos Mello Advogados – which he and Luiz Antônio Campos Mello founded in 2005.