By 2016, Brazil had over a million lawyers, which makes it one of the top populations of legal practitioners in the world. This large number makes it difficult for one lawyer to stand out especially for clients who have not sought legal help before. However, for Ricardo Tosto, the large number of lawyers in Brazil has not prevented him from being recognized as one of the top in the country.
Ricardo works at the Sao Paulo based Leite, Tosto & Barros Advocates, a firm he co-founded and saw it grow to the over 300 employees it has now. This full-service law firm handles a myriad of practice areas from business law to environmental law and competition law. For Ricardo, he has become the face of civil law, commercial law, administrative and banking contracts among others. His success in law has not gone unnoticed. For example, Who’s Who Legal listed him as one of Brazil’s top commercial law experts. Additionally, Legal 500 and Análise 500 have also summed up his work as outstanding.
When foreigners and immigrants are looking for legal counsel in Brazil, they look for a lawyer who can speak English. It becomes difficult for lawyers who only speak Portuguese to diversify their portfolios. However, Ricardo stands out again because he is fluent in Portuguese and English. His firm, Leite, Tosto & Barros Advocates, has a main office in Sao Paulo, and two branches in Rio and Brasilia which are also major cities. He has done several publications that have influenced the legal fraternity positively and have brought several changes.
Ricardo’s firm grounding in law has made him one of the top law and politics writers in Brazil, with his articles appearing in a number of magazines and newspapers. He also co-authored O Processo de Tiradentes. He also enjoys membership in a number of the top law associations such as the International Bar Association and the Brazilian Institute for Political Party and Election Law Studies.
Before joining the firm, Ricardo was advising the human resource and legal management department at Grupo Rede in Brazil. He was also a director at Fundação Rede de Previdência Privada.