Ricardo Tosto: Transforming the legal system in Brazil

The legal system and its operations could be frustrating sometimes. If you are talking a country like Brazil, the situation can’t get worse. With thousands of pending cases, inhuman workload and prolonged waiting, the legal system in this country has reached its breaking point where people would like to settle out of the court just to avoid the harassment. However, the situation is changing to a positive side with new amendments in the legal framework, new law schools and a few charismatic lawyers like Ricardo Tosto.

The present Brazilian law in effect is derived from Portuguese, French, Italian and German Civil law which is based on statutes and more recently súmula vinculin, the rule set in a prior legal case and governed by the Federal Constitution aka supreme law which is in force since 1988. There are hundreds of law schools in Brazil and a course in law is considered as a prestigious opportunity for the students. It takes almost five years to complete the law course in the law school, and the students need to pass the examination of Bar Association Council before they can commence law practice.

As off 2010, there were around 621,885 lawyers in Brazil. They were struggling to cope with case counts. However, the present generation of lawyers with a new drive under the leadership of Ricardo Tosto are now trying to change the situation. Ricardo Tosto completed his Bachelor degree in Law from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie and Extension, Business Administration from Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado. He has been practicing law for more than 25 years, and he has become one of the most noteworthy leaders and strategists in Brazilian legal system. He started his career working in a small law office. But later on, he moved to one of the most prestigious law firms and eventually started his law firm which is now largest in the country.

In addition to defending public personalities and companies, he played an influential role in adopting a number of legal mechanisms that modernized the legal system in Brazil. He was involved with a number high-profile court cases, and he is highly regarded for his expertise and knowledge on the legal framework. He is now mentoring his partners who started as an intern in his firm and regularly provides strategic direction and guidance to deal with cases in the court.