João Lessa spearheads complex cases and litigations, either individual and collective, involving business and Civil Law matters, as well as alternative means for settling disputes, particularly arbitration. Also experienced in drafting contracts, dispute prevention and business reorganization and Bankruptcy Law. Responsible for the coordination of the branch of the São Paulo’s office.

Academic background

Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, partially attended at Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal;
Master of Laws (LL.M.), Universidade Federal de Pernambuco/Queen Mary, University of London (UK) - (Taught Postgraduate Associate);
PhD in Procedural Law candidate, Universidade de São Paulo.

Professional experience

João Lessa was also an interim coordinator for the office’s area of Court-Supervised Reorganization and Bankruptcy. In addition to lawyer, João Lessa has academic background and is a former professor of General Theory of Private Law of Nova Roma (affiliate of Getulio Vargas Foundation in Recife). Former trainee of Teaching of the Subject of Arbitration Law at the Federal University of Pernambuco. Graduate Program Professor of Civil Law and Civil Procedure at Faculdade Estácio of Recife and Escola Paulista de Direito. Guest Professor of the Higher Schools of Law in Pernambuco and São Paulo. Professor of the Mediation and Arbitration Program of the National Institute of Mediation and Arbitration.
Member of the arbitrators´ list of the Centro de Mediação e Arbitragem de Pernambuco (CEMAPE) and of the Câmara de Mediação e Arbitragem Especializada (CAMES).

Awards and publications

João Lessa has several chapters of books and articles published on Civil Procedure and Arbitration in the main national journals, including Revista de Processo, Revista Dialética de Processo Civil and Revista Brasileira de Arbitragem. Author of the book “Arbitragem e Poder Judiciário: a definição da competência do árbitro.”