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Ricardo Tosto’s Contribution to the Brazilian Legal System

The Brazilian law is a mixed breed of French, Italian, German and Portuguese civil law. The law is also based on statutes, codes and partly on a new system known as sumula vinculante which is very similar to the stare decisis. After attaining independence, Brazil embarked on creating its legal and judicial system. This included the establishment of courts and law schools. In October 1988, the country enforced a Federal Constitution which is currently the supreme law of the country.


An Overview of the Court System

The court system in Brazil is made up of the specialized courts and the ordinary courts. The specialized courts are under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government and constitute three areas of practice: the electoral courts, the labor courts, and the military courts. The ordinary courts, on the other hand, are made up of the state and federal judiciaries. The state-level judiciary is made of the trial courts and the justice tribunals. The federal-level judicial branch constitutes superior courts such as the Superior Court of Justice (STJ) and the Supreme Federal Court (STF).


About Ricardo Tosto De Oliveira Carvalho

Tosto De Oliveira Carvalho is an accomplished lawyer who has practiced the legal profession for more than 22 years. He specializes in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, commercial litigation, electoral and international law.


Ricardo Tosto is an author who has written several articles that have been published in specialized magazines and journals. He is also a distinguished speaker and a mentor in the legal field. In addition to this, he serves as the Administrative and Legal Superintendent of Group Alusa and is the former president of the Judicial Reform Committee and the Judicial Modernization Committee at the Brazilian Association/Sao Paulo Section.


Mr. Tosto studied law at the Mackenzie Presbyterian University and proceeded to study Business Administration at FAAP. After completing his studies, he worked as an adviser of the Human Resource and Legal Management of Grupo Rede. He also worked as a director at Fundação Rede de Previdência Privada.


In 1991, Mr. Tosto and his partner, Zanon de Paula Barros founded Leite, Tosto, and Barros Advogados. The firm started small and is now one of the renowned law firms in Brazil. The law firm specializes in business law and provides legal support to companies of different industries. Leite, Tosto and Barros Advogados has also garnered a positive reputation in resolving conflicts such as in administrative and judicial litigation.

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