Rising Stars

Labour in Brazil

Rossi, Maffini, Milman & Grando Advogados

Labour and employment law is a strong area of focus for Rossi, Maffini, Milman & Grando Advogados, whose team is instructed by large Brazilian and multinational companies from a variety of sectors, including healthcare, construction, manufacturing, and sports. On the contentious front, the group is highly adept at defending clients in both individual and collective lawsuits, and is well versed in administrative proceedings before the Ministry of Labour and the Superior Labour Court. Other areas of activity for the practice include employment contracts, union relations and transactional matters. Managing partner Benoni Canellas Rossi leads the team, which also includes Monica Canellas Rossi, a specialist in labour and procedural law, and Daniel Machado de Oliveira, who focuses on social security matters.

Practice head(s):

Benoni Canellas Rossi

Key clients

Banco Regional de Desevolvimento do Extremo Sul

Lear do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Interiores Automotivo

Saint Gobain do Brasil Prod Inds e Para Construção

Xerox Comércio e Indústria

Grêmio Football Porto Alegrense

Associação Dos Juízes Do Rio Grande Do Sul

Spe Holding Beira Rio

Arauco Indústria De Painéis

Hospital Nossa Senhora da Conceição

Cristália Produtos Químicos Farmacêuticos

Lamb Construções e Engenharia

Arauco Indústria De Painéis

Rede D’or Santa Cruz

Centro de Integração Empresa Escola

Work highlights

  • Defending BRDE in an action in which the claimant alleges he was dismissed from his activities because he wanted to exercise his functions in a labour union.
  • Defended Maxiforja in a class action filed by the Labor Union regarding the concession of health hazard and heavy work allowance to benefit 567 employees.
  • Defended Hospital Nossa Senhora da Conceição in claims brought by a labour union.

Souto Correa Advogados

Domestic and multinational companies from the financial, energy, technology, and entertainment sectors, among others, regularly turn to the labour team at Souto Correa Advogados for advice on contentious and non-contentious matters. A strong performer in proceedings before regional and the superior courts, the group is skilled in collective negotiations, class actions, and employment agreements. The department is jointly led by Paulo Roberto Souto, who excels in mandates involving strikes and mass dismissals, and associate Eduardo Mascarenhas, who possesses an impressive track record in cases before the Ministry of Labour. Other key individuals include Joel Gallo, a name to note for labour claims involving executives, and associate Geraldo Korpaliski Filho, who is proficient in both employment disputes and contractual issues. The group was bolstered by the arrival of compliance and labour litigation specialist Natalia Schnaider Serro Mies, who joined from CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Souto; Eduardo Mascarenhas


‘Souto Correa’s labor team is traditional and has a lot of knowledge of the most diverse issues that affect our company.’

‘Excellent professionals, very attentive to the demands requested and meeting deadlines.’

Key clients

Dell Computadores

Lenovo Tecnologia

Honeywell do Brasil

Celulose Irani

Santo Antonio Energia

Abbott Laboratórios do Brasil

Santos Brasil Participações



Habitasul Florestal

Grupo Ruta

Vogel Soluções em Telecomunicações e Informática

Rede Duque


WMB Supermercados do Brasil

Airbnb Serviços Digitais

Solví Participações

Object Edge

Launch Pad Tecnologia e Serviços

Grupo CCRR


Associação Escola Panamericana de Porto Alegre

CITIC Construções do Brasil

Johnson & Johnson

AVL Aplicativos

Work highlights

  • Advising Johnson & Johnson on strategic labour claims.
  • Defending Abbott Laboratórios do Brasil in a labour claim filed by a former sales representative.

CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados

The labour law team at CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados assists clients from a wide range of sectors, including agribusiness, pharmaceuticals, construction, automotive, technology, and banking, in contentious and non-contentious matters. Recent highlights saw the group advise clients on Covid-19-related matters, including dismissals and negotiation with unions. With extensive experience in individual and collective labour claims, Michele Bertoletti is also proficient in preparatory proceedings and public civil investigations conducted by the Labour Prosecution Office. Social security law expert Martha Macedo Sittoni is another key contact. Former practice head Natalia Schnaider Serro Mies left the firm in March 2023.


‘The lawyers are attentive to their clients’ problems and are always seeking the best solutions.’

‘Good service provided by the firm; efficient and creative solutions.’

Key clients

Deere & Co subsidiaries

NC Group

Katoen Natie Group


Amcor Flexibles Latin America

PPG Industrial do Brasil Tintas e Vernizes


Eugenio Raulino Koerich

Yara Brasil Fertilizantes

Meta Serviços em Informática

Teixeira Duarte Engenharia e Construções

Pecval Indústria

Hexion Química do

Prudential do Brasil Seguros de Vida

Contabilizei Tecnologia

Neologica Sistemas de Software

RIP Serviços Industriais

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mundial in a labour claim.
  • Advised Revocoat on a discrimination claim that allegedly resulted in the termination of an employee’s contract due to her cancer diagnosis.
  • Representing NC Group in a lawsuit filed by a former statutory director of the company, who claims recognition of an employment relationship.

Scalzilli Althaus Advogados

Singled out for its experience in the real estate sector, Scalzilli Althaus Advogados is skilled at advising on notices from the Regional Labour Department and prosecutions by the Labor Public Prosecutor. The group, which excels in investigations and negotiations with unions, is also well placed to assist with compliance issues. Department leader Marcelo Nedel Scalzilli is trusted by national and multinational players from the real estate, food and beverage, and agribusiness industries in conflict mediation with unions. He is supported by Vanessa Nascimento Cardoso, who brings together experience in labour and data protection mandates, and Marjorie Ferri.

Practice head(s):

Marcelo Nedel Scalzilli

Key clients

Goldsztein Cyrela Empreendimentos


Pronto Ducati Consultoria de Imóveis

LPS Sul Consultoria de Imóveis

Brasil Broker Participações

Cooperativa Central Aurora Alimentos

MRV Engenharia e Participações

Tlantic Sistemas de Informação

Fábrica de Móveis Florense

Cigam Software Corporativo

Work highlights

  • Defending Goldsztein Cyrela Empreendimentos Imobiliários  in a labour claim filed by a real estate broker.
  • Defending Pronto Ducati in a labour claim filed by a realtor demanding recognition of an employment relationship.
  • Defending LPS Sul in a labour claim where the claimant is seeking recognition of an employment relationship.

Silveiro Advogados

Silveiro Advogados fields 'a solid team of highly engaged lawyers' with substantial experience in both advisory and contentious employment matters. Class actions and individual claims, including occupational diseases and accidents, are core areas of activity for the group, which is routinely instructed by clients from across a variety of industries, namely retail, telemarketing, manufacturing, engineering, and steel, the latter of which is a key sector focus. Department head Guilherme Guimarães, who is praised for his ‘unique and differentiated knowledge in the field of labour law’, is skilled in both individual and collective employment claims. Camila Forest and Larissa Salgado have significant experience in preventive issues and the mitigation of risks.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Guimarães


‘The Silveiro team works very closely with its clients and always has an attentive eye on clients’ desires. It is service-focused and the solutions presented by the lawyers are well aligned with the issues.’

‘A solid team of highly engaged lawyers.’

‘Guilherme Guimarães has unique and differentiated knowledge in the field of labor law. He manages to combine elements from other areas of law and serve clients with mastery, and he has a unique profile, impeccable technique, and great customer care.’

Key clients


Taurus Armas

Grupo RBS

Bebidas Fruki

Lins Ferrão Artigos do Vestuário


Grupo Zanc



Imdepa Rolamentos Importação e Comércio

HT Micron Semicondutores

Localiza Rent a Car

Goldsztein Cyrela Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Grupo Peccin

Fortbras Autopeças

Work highlights

  • Advised Localiza Rent a Car on a collective lawsuit filed by the Union of Freelance Agents of the State of Rio Grande do Sul regarding fines for violating the ban of Sunday work specified in the collective agreement.
  • Advised Metasa Indústria Metalurgica on a collective lawsuit brought by the Metalworkers Union, which requested a temporary protective order forbidding the company from requiring its employees to work during the quarantine period under threat of a daily fine of R$55,000 and collective moral damages.
  • Assisted Gerdau Assistance with the search for an innovative thesis concerning a class action filed by the Metalworks Union of the City of São Jerónimo in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.

TozziniFreire Advogados

Litigator Maurício De Carvalho Góes heads up the labour law team at TozziniFreire Advogados, which undertakes both contentious and non-contentious matters for domestic and international clients in the automotive, energy, food and beverage, paper, telecoms, technology, manufacturing, and financial services sectors. Showcasing extensive experience in collective negotiations with unions regarding the suspension, reduction, or termination of employment agreements, the practice is also skilled at defending corporate clients against damages lawsuits filed by former employees, including individual claims and class actions. On the advisory side, the team is well versed in workforce restructurings and transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

Maurício de Carvalho Góes


‘The firm is unique due to its strong organisation, personalised service, and attention to the client.’

‘The labour team at TozziniFreire in Porto Alegre knows its client’s reality in depth. It defends cases individually with great zeal and care, obtaining excellent results.’

‘Maurício de Carvalho Góes stands out for his technical knowledge and great ability to recruit talented professionals.’

‘Differentiated service; vast knowledge of specific issues and matters, as well as availability when responding to requests. Accessible, prepared and competent support team, providing quality services.’

Key clients


BRK Ambiental

Escola Panamericana

Foxter Cia Imobiliária



Kavo Kerr

Lojas Colombo

Fagundes Construção e Mineração



Prometeon Tyre Group

Radio e TV Bandeirantes






Banco de Lage Landen

Grupo RBS



Anildo Advogados

Canoas Shopping

São Martinho

Work highlights

  • Advising Fagundes Construção e Mineraçã on a claim by the union STIM MARACÁS for the payment of hazard and health hazard bonuses to all employees in the region of Maracás, BA.
  • Represented Pirelli Pneus in a collective lawsuit filed by the Union of Workers in the Rubber Artifacts Industry of Gravataí so that the company could not carry out individual or collective dismissals without express negotiation and agreement with the union entity.