What You Should Know About The Brazilian Law System

Brazil is a litigious nation and the laws applicable in the country are vast. The legal system currently under application is as a result of the changes that were made during the 1988 change of constitution that brought the Federal system of governance. The system is made up of two levels, the ordinary courts and specialized courts.
All the specialized courts are a preserve of the Federal Government and rely entirely on the legislation and guidance that emanates from the government.

The National Justice Council
In conjunction with the function of the Federal Court, the National Justice Council was created in 2004 after an amendment to the constitution was effected. It is headquartered in Brasilia and their main objective is to exercise control over judiciary, coordinating and planning actions between courts. The council also carries some powers to exercise disciplinary action over judges, but does not have the power to revoke their titles.

Electoral courts
The Brazilian electoral system has remained intact since 1932 and since its formation it has been a process of continuous development. The Electoral courts are recognized under the constitution and they serve the role of judging electoral matters.

Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho
In the Brazilian legal industry Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho is viewed as a market leader and a powerful figure with great recognition. He holds the most prominent office for a lawyer and his decisions have led to massive developments in the legal system of Brazil. Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho was responsible for the development of a system that recognizes the need to understand both the finance areas and legal side of business.

He is a celebrated business attorney as he presides over cases concerning bank contracts, credit recovery and bankruptcy. Owing to his prowess, many people have acquired his services and other professionals borrowed ideas from his system that allows them to efficiently handle cases regardless of their magnitude.

Does Laidlaw and Company Play Dirty?

Nearly every adult knows, that when you are involved in a lawsuit, no matter the reason, it is highly unlikely that your hands will ever actually have a chance to hold the award amount listed. Once attorney fees and court cost are educated, there isn’t much left to spurge, or often to even make ends meet. Brian McDonough is an attorney who recently faced this dilemma with Laidlaw. After winning a lawsuit that totaled over half a million dollars for one of his client, in an arbitration settlement against Sands Brothers & Company he was told that they may not ever receive any where near the amount they were quoted. McDonough was instructed to advise his client to accept a settlement that would require them to forfeit a significant portion of the award amount. Despite the efforts to deter McDonough and his client from proceeding with the lawsuit, he pressed on in confidence and was able to win his care. Although it took a few months, his client received the full award amount quoted in the judgement.


Laidlaw was founded in 1924 by Robert Laidlaw and is now led by Chief Executive Officer Matthew Eitner and Managing Partner and Head of Capital Markets James Ahern. Eitner has an extensive background in investments and management, and has been with Laidlaw for roughly five years. James Ahern, who has also served Laidlaw for roughly five years has a strong background in finance with a focus on healthcare capital and finance. While the leaders of Laidlaw have developed strategic plans for the company’s continued success, their actions surrounding the arbitration lawsuit make their integrity and company morale a bit questionable.