Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira > VdA > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

Rua Dom Luis I, 28
1200-151 Lisboa
Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira photo

Work Department

Public Law


Head of Practice Partner Public Law


Partner and Head of Practice of Public Law, Rodrigo has been involved in several matters within administrative law, mostly in public regulation, administrative concessions, PPP, public procurement and litigation & arbitration.
He has been responsible for the ongoing assistance of some leading clients in the public infrastructure sector.
Rodrigo is also an arbitrator at the Portuguese Commercial Arbitration Centre.


English, French


Admitted to the Bar Association where he obtained the title of Lawyer Specialist in Administrative Law.


Law Degree, University of Coimbra Faculty of Law.
Master’s degree (L.LM) in Administrative Law, Coimbra University Faculty of Law.
Admitted for PhD at University of Coimbra Faculty of Law.

Lawyer Rankings

Portugal > Public law

VdA excels in the gamut of public law matters, particularly standing out for its impressive track record in administrative litigation and arbitration. The practice is equipped to advise private and public sector clients across a range of regulated industries, including banking, telecoms, defence, healthcare and energy, and is particularly popular among public concessionaires. Administrative concessions are among co-head Paulo Pinheiro‘s areas of expertise; he is also proficient in dispute resolution and privatisations. Other key individuals include fellow leader Ana Marta Castro, Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira and Catarina Pinto Correia, who all demonstrate experience in public procurement, concessions and administrative litigation. The team has further been developing its presence across Portuguese and French-speaking African countries as well as East Timor; Pinto Correia has been instrumental in this process.

Portugal > Planning law

Urban development projects and related compliance, environmental impact matters and disputes are specialisms of the planning team at VdA. The practice also has a notable practice in African jurisdictions, being particularly active in São Tomé and Príncipe in 2020. Clients include key real estate and project developers in Portugal and Africa, as well as local authorities. Practice head Raul Mota CerveiraRodrigo Esteves de Oliveira and Ana Marta Castro are the key contacts.