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

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados
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Work Department

Rio de Janeiro


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 > Tax

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados has carved out a niche in the maritime, oil and gas and infrastructure sectors, where it advises leading players in contentious and non-contentious tax matters. Godofredo Mendes Vianna and Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso co-head the department.

Brazil > Transport and shipping

(Leading individuals: Transport and shipping: Shipping)

Godofredo Mendes ViannaKincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados

Originally a Rio de Janeiro-based firm, Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados is expanding its São Paulo presence under the lead of the ‘proactive and well organisedLucas Leite Marques. The ‘excellentGodofredo Mendes Vianna, Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso and Iwam Jaeger are the names to note in Rio de Janeiro. The practice assists shipowners, charterers, carriers, P&I Clubs, as well as terminal and port operators with the full range of maritime matters. One of numerous foreign clients is Solstad Offshore, which the team represented in litigation filed by Petrobras concerning alleged excessive downtime of a vessel with regards to which the parties had entered into a charter and a service contract.