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Garbois Melo Advogados

Rio de Janeiro - RJ Office

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Firm Details

Managing Partners: Breno Garbois and Leonardo Melo

Number of partners: 4

Number of other fee-earners: 12

Firm Overview

Garbois Melo Advogados is a Brazilian law firm based in Rio de Janeiro, specialising in maritime law, tax law, and dispute resolution. Founded amidst the pandemic, their goal is to establish an efficient relationship with their clients, combining technical rigour, practicality, intelligence and creativity.

Their team is formed by experienced lawyers with a relevant background at major law firms. They are connected 24/7 and ready to assist clients either in their daily issues or in their biggest challenges, either in person or online. Partners are ranked amongst the best lawyers in their practice areas in Brazil by the most important legal guides, being recognised nationally and internationally for their expertise and excellence.

Main Areas of Practice


The firm's shipping practice is led by partners Breno Garbois and Flavia Melo, both very competent lawyers recognised for their vast experience in the area. The team is ready to assist its clients in all legal matters related to shipping, such as:

■ Accidents and emergency response

■ Ship arrest and other emergency measures

■ Cargo claims

■ Private investigations and inquiries

■ Building, financing and acquisition of vessels or maritime units

■ Mortgages and securities

■ Registration and flag

■ Charter parties and carriage contracts

■ Crew

■ Tourism

■ Regulation

■ Litigation and arbitration

The shipping team has solid crisis management experience, being able to deal with the various authorities involved, lead private investigations, and represent clients in inquiries conducted by the Brazilian and foreign authorities.

Its clients’ list includes shipowners, charterers, carriers, maritime agents, cargo owners, service providers to the maritime and oil and gas industry, port operators, terminals, shipyards, insurance companies and financial institutions.


The tax law practice is led by partner Leonardo Melo, counting on a highly qualified and experienced team to assist clients on tax, customs, and social security matters, as follows:

Consultancy and planning

The tax consultancy and planning activities are focused on indicating all risk scenarios to provide clients with safe alternatives, despite the complexity and volatility of the Brazilian tax system.


The tax team is focused on prevention through close collaboration with clients, by keeping clients updated on the potential impacts that frequent changes in legislation and precedents might cause to their businesses. The team is trained to advise clients from the start of inspection procedures, aiming at preventing infractions and reducing fines.


On tax litigation, the team focuses on gathering evidence combined with a rigorous discussion of clients' rights.

Special services

The tax team is also ready to advise on special tax and customs regimes, such as Repetro; to assist in due-diligences and in obtaining compliance certificates; to review liabilities and instalment programs; to survey for credit recovery opportunities, etc.

Dispute Resolution

The Dispute Resolution practice counts on the experience of partner Clarissa Damiani in leadership, together with a team of multidisciplinary lawyers, specialized in solving disputes in an agile and efficient manner.

The team acts on complex civil litigation and arbitration to shipping, logistics, real estate, infrastructure and healthcare clients, and is also strong on corporate, environmental and strategic consumer litigation, acting in collective actions.

The dispute resolution team also provides transactional and pre-litigation advice to its clients, working with a transactional mindset balanced with the best cost-effective solution for its clients.