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 > Transport and shipping

(Leading individuals: Transport and shipping: Shipping)

Godofredo Mendes ViannaKincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados

Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados has established an excellent reputation in wet and dry shipping claims. The firm counts shipowners, charterers, P&I clubs, port operators and shipyards among its clients. Cargo, charterparty and collision claims remain high on the agenda, and the firm is also strong on administrative disputes, including related environmental and pollution issues. The firm fields a large team, with talent from top to bottom. Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso, Godofredo Mendes Vianna and Iwam Jaeger are all key players in the market, and they are backed up by a strong team of younger partners and associates. Lucas Leite Marques in São Paulo and the recently promoted Juliana Pizzolato Furtado Senna are both well regarded, as are associates Rodrigo Figueiredo da Silva Cotta and Jeniffer Adelaide Marques Pires.

Brazil > Tax

Based in Rio de Janeiro, Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados is focused entirely on representing clients in the oil and gas, shipping and infrastructure sectors. Tax support covers all areas, including strong expertise in special tax and customs regimes. Godofredo Mendes Vianna and Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso are the main partners.