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Bernardi & Schnapp Advogados
RUA BELA CINTRA, 1149–°11. e 12°. ANDARES
01415-001 SÃO PAULO

Work Department

Aviation law


Founding partner


Founding partner of Bernardi & Schnapp Advogados, Ricardo Bernardi has extensive experience in aviation law. For the past 27 years, he has been providing full assistance to top international airlines operating in Brazil, aviation underwriters, aircraft manufacturing companies and airport operators, as well as aircraft financing and leasing companies, assisting foreign lessors and lenders in various forms of transactions.

His practice covers the whole range of air law, including litigation associated with aircraft accidents, passenger claims, cargo claims, commercial litigation, regulatory air law and competition law issues. Owing to his experience, Ricardo was appointed as a member of the commission created by the Brazilian Federal Senate to draft a proposed bill to become the new Aeronautical Code.

Ricardo Bernardi contributed a chapter titled “Regulation of Aviation: Regular Air Transportation” in the book Regulation of the Economy in Brazil, from 2003, and the chapter “Infrastructure in Environmental Law – Airports” for the book Infrastructure in the context of Environmental Law, published in 2016. He also contributed the Brazil chapter to The Aviation Law Review, published by Law Business Research, London, in 2013. He has written articles and delivered lectures on aviation law at several institutions and universities, including the Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC), the São Paulo Association of Attorneys (AASP), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA), the American Bar Association (ABA), and the Brazilian Association of Aerial and Space Law (SBDA). He is also a consultant to the SBDA, Brazil’s oldest institution dedicated to the study of aeronautic law (founded in 1942).


Portuguese, Enghish and Spanish.




Post-Graduation: LL.M. from Pontifícia Universidade Católica – PUC, São Paulo/SP.

Graduation:  Bachelor’s law degree from Pontifícia Universidade Católica – PUC, São Paulo/SP.

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Transport and shipping

(Leading individuals)

Ricardo BernardiBernardi & Schnapp Advogados

Aviation is a key area of focus for Bernardi & Schnapp Advogados, which represents a mix of aircraft manufacturers, operators, insurers and lenders. The firm regularly assists airlines on domestic permit negotiations, commercial agreements and airport concessions. Ricardo Bernardi is active on the corporate and regulatory side, while Carla Cristina Schnapp also has related experience in employment, insurance and disputes.