Ricardo Tosto: The Undisputed Master of the Brazilian Law

In Brazil, the Federal Constitution is the supreme law. As at 2007, law school programs in Brazil were close to ten times more than those in the United States. Currently, Brazil has over 600,000 trained lawyers. To start practicing law in Brazil, a graduate lawyer must attend a law school and pass the examination of the Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil, which is the Bar Association of Brazil. The highest Brazilian court is the Federal Supreme Court, which also acts as the court of review. Other courts include The Senior Tribunal of Justice, Federal Regional Tribunals, and Federal Courts.

Ricardo Tosto

Ricardo Tosto is Brazilian lawyer and one of the leading entrepreneurs of the Brazilian law. He is a partner of Leite, Tosto and Barros Advogados Associados, a top law firm based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The law company has other offices in Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. Being the most experienced litigant in the company, Ricardo mainly deals with the most demanding cases that the firm receives from prominent personalities like executives and politicians. The company specializes in conflict resolution and administrative litigation. Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho is an alumnus of Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, from where he holds a bachelor’s degree in law. He is also a holder of Business Administration degree from Fundacao Armando Alvares Penteado. In collaboration with Paulo de Mendonca Lopes, Ricardo Tosto has authored a book titled The Process of Tiradentes.


Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho has pioneered several legal mechanisms in the Brazilian law. He is a member of the International Bar Association and the Council of the Center for Studies of Law Firms and Partnerships. Tosto sits on the executive council of the Institute for Management Development Alumni Association. Previously, Ricardo served as the president of the Judiciary Modernization and Judiciary Reform Committees for Brazilian Bar Association-Sao Paulo division. He was also a founding member of Brazilian Institute for Studies in Electoral and Party Law. Between August 2017 and April 2008, Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho was a board member of BNDES’s Board of Management. Tosto is also registered with the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB).