Mr Godofredo Mendes Vianna > Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados > Rio de Janeiro, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados
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Work Department

MaritimeTax and CustomsCorporateLitigation and ArbitrationInsurance and ReinsurancePorts and InfrastructureEnergyOil and Gas, and Public Sector.


Mr. Vianna has more than 25 years of experience and practice in commercial law, with emphasis in shipping, international trade, insurance and energy matters, assisting clientes in cross – border litigation, ADR and also advises in non – contencious work. He also seats as an arbitrator and mediator in a vast range of international disputes. He has received for the past years recognition by the most accredited international publications such as Chambers and Partners, Legal500 and Who’s Who as Leading Lawyer in his field.


Mr. Godofredo Mendes Vianna is the Managing Partner of Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados, a traditional Brazilian law firm established in Rio de Janeiro in 1932.

Mr. Vianna is the Chair of the Maritime and Port Law Committee of the Rio de Janeiro´s Bar Association (since 2013); current Co-Chair of Transport and Maritime Law Committee of the International Bar Association – IBA; Permanent Arbitrator at FGV Chamber of Mediation and Arbitration and Professor and Coordinator of Maritime and Port Law Post-Graduation course at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV/RJ). Godofredo is member of Brazilian Bar Association – States of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, of Brazilian Association of Maritime Law (ABDM), of the International Chambers of Commerce Brazil (ICC Brazil), of Ibero – American Maritime Law Institute (IIDM/BR) and Association of São Paulo’s Lawyers (AASP).



Portuguese and English.


Brazilian Bar Association – States of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Brazilian Association of Maritiem Law (ABDM). International Bar Association (IBA). International Chambers of Commerce Brazil (ICC BRAZIL). Ibero-American Maritime Law Institute (IIDM/BR). Association of São Paulo´s Lawyers (AASP).


Mr. Vianna received his law degree from Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro in 1990. He is a regular speaker at events and seminars in Brazil and abroad in his areas of expertise.


Surfing, travelling and reading.

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons

(Firms to watch)

Standing out for its ‘extensive experience in maritime law and LNG terminals’, Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados is adept at advising oil and gas clients in a range of regulatory, contractual, corporate and tax matters related to the Brazilian offshore support market; based in Rio de Janeiro, Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso, Juliana Pizzolato Furtado Senna and Godofredo Mendes Vianna jointly lead the team.

Brazil > Transport: Shipping

(Leading individuals)

Godofredo Mendes ViannaKincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados fields a ‘hands-on, knowledgeable, efficient and practical’ team, with practitioners who are among ‘the best maritime lawyers in Brazil’. The practice covers every aspect of the market, from insurance, cargo and charterparty disputes, through to debt recovery proceedings and maritime accidents and ship arrests. On the non-contentious side, it provides corporate advice on the launch of new shipping companies, and assists in shipbuilding and financing agreements, as well as related employment, registration, environmental and customs issues. The firm’s deep bench of partners includes disputes expert Godofredo Mendes Vianna (‘a star individual’), and Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso and Lucas Leite Marques, who ‘maintain constant contact to position cases, recommend strategies and warn of possible problems that may arise’. Iwam Jaeger is also active in contentious and non-contentious insurance matters.

Brazil > Tax > Tax advisory

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados has particularly strong connections to the shipping, energy and infrastructure sectors, which has led to it developing good credentials in foreign trade-related tax and customs issues. Clients speak highly of recently promoted partner and customs head Jeniffer Adelaide Marques Pires, who is ‘extremely accessible, competent, dedicated‘ and ‘always does everything possible and the impossible to help the company‘. The firm’s ‘highly diligent and trained‘ lawyers also have plenty of expertise in contentious issues at the federal, state and municipal levels, including partners Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso and Godofredo Mendes Vianna.