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Ernesto Tzirulnik Advocacia
01243-020, SÃO PAULO

Brazil > Insurance Tier 1

With over four decades’ experience in the insurance and reinsurance spaces, Ernesto Tzirulnik Advocacia has a top-notch practice that enjoys a strong reputation for advising clients, most of which are policyholders, on the full range of legal and regulatory matters. Core areas of activity include loss adjustment procedures, brokerage lawsuits, and disputes linked to corporate, contractual and civil liability issues. Clients come from across a range of sectors, including oil and gas, mining, power, aviation, maritime, construction and manufacturing. Founding partner Ernesto Tzirulnik, ‘one of the most experienced and respected lawyers in the industry‘, remains an active force in the market. Key support is offered by other highly experienced practitioners including Paulo Luiz de Toledo Piza, a contact for cross-border disputes, and Wolf Ejzenberg, who possesses solid credentials on loss adjustment procedures and strategic negotiations linked to infrastructure contracts. Luca D’Arce Giannotti is often retained by energy clients in judicial and arbitral disputes, policy negotiations and loss adjustments, while Amanda Visoto de Matos is especially active in contentious issues and reinsurance. Clients also benefit from a solid cadre of up-and coming-lawyers, including Inaê Siqueira de Oliveira.

Practice head(s):

Ernesto Tzirulnik; Paulo Luiz De Toledo Piza; Wolf Ejzenber


‘Technical and institutional knowledge of the insurance sector. Ernesto Tzirulnik and Inae Siqueira de Oliveira stand out.’

‘In-depth technical knowledge and immediate service. Ernesto is one of the most experienced and respected lawyers in the industry.’

Founded in 1984, Ernesto Tzirulnik Advocacia (ETAD) is internationally recognized as one of the most important law firms specializing in insurance and reinsurance law. ETAD advises clients on loss adjustment procedures, legal and regulatory issues; it sponsors complex insurance, reinsurance and brokerage lawsuits; and operates in contractual law cases, civil liability, and corporate conflicts.

Throughout history, ETAD has operated in cases of national and international repercussion involving electrical, chemical, mechanical, hydraulic, geological claims, many different contract and corporate disputes, the suchlike. ETAD promotes scientific research and public policies alongside the Brazilian Institute of Insurance Law – IBDS, and encourages cultural growth through the Ceará 202 Project.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Ernesto Tzirulnik
Senior Partner Paulo Luiz De Toledo Piza
Wolf Ejzenberg
Vítor Xavier Boaventura
Gustavo Palheiro
Inaê Siqueira de Oliveira
Luca D'Arce Giannotti
Amanda Visoto de Matos
Photo Name Position Profile
Ernesto Tzirulnik photo Mr Ernesto Tzirulnik Managing partner
Paulo Luiz de Toledo Piza photo Mr Paulo Luiz de Toledo Piza Partner
Partners : 8

Since it was established, in 1984, Ernesto Tzirulnik Advocacia (ETAD) is committed to promoting cultural growth. It funds – without resorting to public incentives or sponsorship from third parties – the Ceará 202 Project to support various forms of artistic expression, like architecture, cinema, photography, and music.

Among other initiatives, the Ceará 202 Project is responsible for restoring the legacy of Jayme C. Fonseca Rodrigues (prolific Brazilian modernist architect of the 1930s-1940s), for promoting music concerts open to the public and for sponsoring talented Brazilian young musicians.

ETAD’s commitment to social development led to the early creation of a pro bono program that involves all members of its legal team. The majority of clients are non-profit organizations, marginalized communities and low-income people, and the bono practice spans different areas of law. There are
insurance cases – notably of health insurance or of property insurance for art-related associations – but also cases of family, private and intellectual property law etc.

The team of 12 lawyers is age, region and gender-diverse. The law firm is Sao Paulo-based, but gathers lawyers coming from 3 different regions of Brazil, which provides for diverse cultural and legal backgrounds within the team. It is part of ETAD’s policy to tailor teams for each case according to its specific needs, feeding a dynamic work environment, and to engage young members in high-profile cases as well, a practice that nurtures exchange regardless of age.

ETAD believes it has a part to play to build a better society, which involves the direct promotion of cultural projects through Ceará 202, the legal defense of cases it believes in and the strengthening of diversity within its own team.