We are a law firm specialized in criminal law.
We represent our clients in criminal investigations and lawsuits.
We also represent victims, adopting measures before the police authorities
and acting in criminal lawsuits as assistants to the prosecution.
I always wanted to be a criminal lawyer! Shortly after I entered law school at the University of São Paulo in 1990, I worked as an intern at a few law firms, but one of them struck me in particular. It was the internship with Adib Yazbek and his daughters, Selma and Eleonora. It was a civil law firm at Rua Riachuelo, in the Santa Francisca building, one of those old buildings downtown, where the elevators still have hinged manual doors. As Mr. Adib knew that I was very interested in criminal law, he asked Mr. Rafael Potenza for an internship. Mr. Potenza was a typical Italian man, extremely kind. He was a criminal lawyer and had an office in the same building. He won everybody over with his charisma. His fatherly style, gray hair, chubbiness and a big mustache on his face. However, he did not want an intern.
– Adib, I don’t like interns. I go to the courthouse by myself and handle things.
After some insistence, he agreed to let me accompany him on his trips to the police station and the Criminal Courthouse. For me, that was awesome, everything I ever wanted. I worked with Potenza for a short time, but it was enough to know that I had chosen the right field.
Luís Carlos Dias Torres is a criminal attorney, graduated in Law from the University of São Paulo (USP), specialized in Criminal Law, in 1994. In 1995, he implemented the criminal area of the Demarest & Almeida office. In 2004, he became a partner, position he held until 2012, when he founded Torres | Falavigna Advogados
He was appointed by “Análise Editorial” Magazine as one of the most admired criminal defense attorneys in Brazil from 2007 to 2018, nominated as one of the best professionals in the area of Dispute Resolution: Chambers White-Collar Crime 2013 to 2018, nominated by members of Latin American Corporate Counsel Association as one of the leading business advocates in the area of Litigation in 2015 and 2018 and nominated by Client Choice 2018 in the category White Collar Crime – Brazil.
He is a member of the Prerogative Council and a member of the Sixth Class of the OAB / SP Court of Ethics and Discipline, in the 2016/2018 triennium. He is one of the co-authors of the books “Penal Code Interpreted Article by Paragraph, Paragraph by Paragraph”, Manole Publishing House, “Repatriation of Resources”, 1st Edition, Editora Migalhas and also one of the collaborators of the edition XIX, No. 112, Nov-Dec 2016 of the Journal of Tax Studies of the EIT.
Leandro Falavigna is a criminal attorney. He has a Law degree from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP), 2003. He obtained a specialization degree in Consumer Relations from the General Coordination for Specialization, Enhancement and Extension of PUC-SP (Coordenadoria Geral de Especialização, Aperfeiçoamento e Extensão – COGEAE).
He also obtained a post-graduate degree in Criminal Law and Procedure COGEAE (PUC-SP). He was a partner at the law firm Falavigna, Manrich, Senra e Vasconcelos Advogados, where he implemented and was responsible for the criminal law department, from December 2003 to 2012.
Mr. Falavigna holds a Masters Degree (LL.M) from the Washington University School of Law, in St. Louis.
He was appointed by “Análise Editorial” Magazine as one of the most admired criminal defense attorneys in Brazil from 2015 to 2018.
He is also one of the co-authors of the book entitled Repatriação de Recursos (Repatriation of Resources – free translation), coordinated by professor Heleno Torres, published by Migalhas Publisher.
Andrea Vainer is a criminal attorney. She has a Law degree from Fundação Getúlio Vargas, 2010. She was an exchange student at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 2010.
She has a post-graduate in Corporate Criminal Law from the Institute of Corporate and European Criminal Law – Coimbra University (IDPEE), Portugal, in partnership with the Brazilian Institute of Criminal Sciences (IBCCRIM), 2012.
Ms. Vainer holds a Masters Degree (LL.M) from the University of Chicago Law School.
She is member of the Commissions for Legal Affairs of the Israeli Federation in São Paulo and of the Brazilian-Israeli Confederation.
Ms. Vainer was appointed by “Análise Editorial” Magazine as one of the most admired attorneys in the Brazilian economic sector of machinery and equipment, in 2018.
Ms. Vainer is fluent in English.
Paulo Tiago Sulino Muliterno is a criminal lawyer, who holds a bachelor’s degree by the Law School of the Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, from 2013.
Specialized in “Corporate Criminal Law” by the Specialization, Improvement and Extension Course of PUC-SP (COGEAE) in the “Constitutional Criminal Procedure” modality, in 2016.
Enabled in the Extension Course “Update on Criminal Law”, of the São Paulo School of the Magistracy (EPM), in 2016.
He is a member of the 23rd Panel of the Court of Ethics and Discipline of the OAB/SP, for the 2016/2018 triennium.
He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Letters – Portuguese / English by the School of Philosophy, Letters and Human Sciences (FFLCH), of the University of São Paulo (USP), from 2006.
Fluent in Portuguese and English.
André Rosengarten Curci is a criminal attorney. He he as a Law degree from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, 2013. He has a post-graduate degree in Criminal Law and Procedure by PUC-SP.
He is specialized in “Criminal Law Update” University Extention Course from Escola Paulista da Magistura.
Pedro Sanchez Funari is a criminal attorney. He has a Law degree from Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas (FMU), 2012.
He has a post-graduate in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, 2014. He also has a post-graduate in Criminal Economic Law, from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), 2016.
Francisco Felippe L. Agosti is a criminal attorney. He has a Law degree from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie,2017.
He is a member of the Brazilian Institute of Criminal Sciences (IBCCRIM), of the Institute for the Defense of the Right to Defense (IDDD) and is a founding associate of the Innocence Project – Brazil.
We represent individuals and companies, charged for, suspects or victims of a crime, both in the litigation and the pre procedural phases (police investigations, criminal procedures and prosecutions), as well as providing advice and legal opinions.