Ricardo Tosto, a leading attorney and one of the greatest Brazilian Law entrepreneurs, thinks that the multi-jurisdictional nature of the Brazilian judicial system is playing a pivotal role in on-time verdicts and solutions to the people. He confirms that multi-jurisdictional nature also improves its efficiency and addresses varied legal needs of the people effectively. Ricardo Tosto says that the country follows civil law tradition, and it has state level and federal level operators. The judicial system is again divided into specialized branches including military, labor, electoral, non-constitutional, and constitutional. The court structure is designed in such a way that each citizen gets three instances of appeal.
Interestingly, the cases start from first-level courts and advances to the Superior Court of Justice or the Supreme Federal Court – as the final court of appeals. The special courts also have similar level higher courts as the court of appeals, and that are Superior Labor Court, Superior Military Court, and Superior Electoral Court. Ricardo Tosto states that the high-level officials of the country, including the President, members of Congress, and Cabinet, have a right called “privileged forum.” It helps them to file their cases at the Supreme Court in the first instance. The privilege is highly criticized by various political activists in the recent years. It should be noted that the Supreme Federal Court contains 11 judges, and it has the right to invalidate any state or federal law that is challenging the structure of the constitution.
Ricardo Tosto has more than 25 years of experience in providing high-value litigation services to various clients in the country. He is the founder and partner of Leite, Tosto and Barros Advogados Associados, a leading litigation firm based in São Paulo. It focuses on business litigation and consulting with some of the largest public and private enterprises in its client list.
Ricardo Tosto takes care of the recruitment, training, and offers mentorship of its workforce. It should be noted that the firm has more than 300 lawyers and almost 100 supporting staff. Tosto has completed his Law graduation from the prestigious Mackenzie Presbiterian University and earned a Business degree from Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation.