Brazil: Labour & Employment 2018

Here we recognise 33 individuals who stand out for their impressive work handling collective and individual matters in both the public and private sector, including treatment of workers, restrictive covenants, transfers of undertakings, collective bargaining agreements and team moves.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Estêvão Mallet Mallet Advogados Associados, São Paulo
2. Solón de Almeida Cunha Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, São Paulo
3. Maria Luisa “Isa” Soter da Silveira Veirano Advogados, Rio de Janeiro
4. José Carlos Wahle Veirano Advogados, São Paulo
5. Nelson Mannrich Mannrich e Vasconcelos Advogados, São Paulo

Veirano Advogados boasts the foremost labour and employment offering in Brazil, achieving five nominations this year.
Maria Luisa “Isa” Soter da Silveira is one of the most highly regarded labour law experts in the country. She boasts “strong technical knowledge” and is praised for her international approach to matters.
José Carlos Wahle is “a very smart and well-prepared lawyer” according to sources who commend his work handling both strategic advisory and contentious matters.
Luiz Guilherme Migliora is “very well known” in the market where he enjoys a strong reputation representing clients in complex labour law litigation proceedings.

Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados sees two practitioners nominated here.
Solón de Almeida Cunha is “very active” in the labour and employment space, and is recognised as a top name when it comes to dealing with union negotiations.
Vilma Toshie Kutomi is highlighted as “a very good lawyer” who is “highly regarded in the labour market” for her excellent work handling related disputes and negotiations. 

TozziniFreire Advogados also achieves two listings in this chapter.
Marcelo Pereira Gômara stands out as “a strong name” in the Brazilian market. He is well respected for his impressive work advising clients on a range of employment structures and contracts matters.
Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso continues to impress peers and clients alike with the “high quality” of his work, particularly when it comes to dealing with complex social security matters and labour disputes.

At Robortella e Peres Sociedade de Advogados, Luiz Carlos Amorim Robortella is widely recognised by market sources. He boasts a great reputation and is “known as one of the best labour litigators in Brazil”.
Antonio Galvão Peres is “a very talented young lawyer” who focuses his impressive practice on labour issues across a range of sectors, from pharmaceuticals to banking.

At Mallet Advogados Associados, Estêvão Mallet stands out as the most prominent labour and employment lawyer in the country. He is considered “a master in the labour market” with one source noting, “He is a highly skilled lawyer with expertise in almost all subject matters concerning labour and employment law.”

Nelson Mannrich at Mannrich e Vasconcelos Advogados is “a master in the field” who is highly rated by peers for his “practical and business-oriented approach”. One source comments, “He is a lawyer whom I admire very much.”

At Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, Rodrigo Seizo Takano is “a very talented lawyer” who is highly recommended for his “unique knowledge” of labour law as well as his “intelligence and deep expertise” in the field.

Pipek Penteado e Paes Manso’s Arnaldo Pipek is “a great lawyer” who is highly sought after by clients for his strong expertise and vast experience in the labour law arena including, contentious matters.

At Bosisio Advogados, Cristóvão Macedo Soares Guimarães boasts “great technical expertise in labour law”, according to sources. They consider him a “senior figure” in the space and commend his deep knowledge of the field.

Paulo Sergio João at Paulo Sergio João Advogados is “a definite must for inclusion” according to sources who praise his excellent work in the field and consider him a labour law specialist.

At Mesquita Barros Advogados, Cássio Mesquita Barros is “one of the Brazilian masters of labour law” who is highlighted as “an international figure” with extensive experience in the field.

Gustavo Granadeiro Guimarães at Granadeiro Guimarães Advogados is “specialised in labour and employment issues in Brazil”. He draws widespread praise for his excellent reputation in the space, and is considered “a very experienced lawyer who is well regarded by the market”.

At Tauil & Chequer Advogados, Eduardo Soto Pires is a widely respected name in the Brazilian labour and employment space and is well versed in handling a wide array of matters, from M&A-related labour issues to litigation.

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