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Garbois Melo Advogados

Rio de Janeiro - RJ Office

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Firm Details

Managing Partner: Leonardo Melo

Senior Partners: Breno Garbois e 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 Litigation and Arbitration. 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 among 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


Our Shipping practice is led by partners Breno Garbois and Flavia Melo, both very competent lawyers recognized for their vast experience in the area. Our team is ready to assist our customers in all matters related to the maritime area, such as:

• Accidents and emergency response

• Ship arrest and other emergency measures

• Cargo claims

• Private investigations, inquiries and administrative and civil litigation arising thereof

• Building, financing and acquisition of vessels or maritime units

• Mortgages and securities

• Registration and flag

• Charter parties and carriage contracts

• Crew

• Tourism

• Regulation.

Our lawyers have solid crisis management experience, being able to deal with the various authorities involved, lead private investigations, and represent our clients in inquiries conducted by the Brazilian and foreign authorities.

The list of our clients 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.

Consultancy and planning

The 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 legal system.


The team is also focused on prevention through close collaboration, by keeping clients updated on the potential impact that frequent changes in legislation and jurisprudence might have on their business. 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 focus on gathering evidence combined with a rigorous discussion of clients' rights.

The team is also ready to provide support in obtaining tax compliance certificates, Special Regimes, review and validation of installment programs, review of existing liabilities, survey of opportunities for credit recovery, due diligence, etc.

Litigation and Arbitration

The Litigation and Arbitration 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 companies, and is also strong on corporate, environmental and strategic consumer litigation, acting in collective actions.

The Litigation and Arbitration practice is also dedicated to pre-litigation legal advice, consisting of transactional and preventive litigation advice.