Wilson Mirza Abraham was the main criminal defense lawyer for political and tortured prisoners during the 1964 dictatorship regime, defending President João Goulart, Governor Leonel Brizola, anthropologist Darcy Ribeiro and many others. In the most tense moments, he slept in his car to avoid being kidnapped by the agents of repression. When asked about this habit, he replied that if he was not able to protect himself, how could the clients trust his ability to protect them?

We have the great privilege – and the great responsibility – to continue this culture and tradition of more than five decades of excellence in defending clients against abuses and excesses of the punitive power.

We know that a criminal investigation or accusation creates anguish, insecurity and fear in the client, due to the drastic, long-lasting and irreversible (financial, personal, political, reputational etc.) consequences of a conviction.

We are aware of the enormous responsibility of being the only barrier between the coercion exercised by government agencies and the fundamental rights of clients.

We invest in exclusive dedication to corporate and economic crimes, solid academic training and extensive practical experience in complex cases, criminal mega-trials and police operations.

We render services to individuals and companies, national and foreign, throughout the national territory. To this end, we have our own units in Rio de Janeiro and Brasília and the law firms of the REDE alliance in other capitals, in addition to highly qualified consultants, expert witnesses and private investigators.

Practice Areas

Mirza & Malan Advogados specializes in criminal litigation throughout the Brazilian territory, from the Rio de Janeiro and Brasília units. This covers assistance with ongoing investigations by the police, public prosecutors and legislative investigative committees at all levels (federal, state and municipal), and defense of clients in criminal prosecutions in the state and federal courts as well as the military and electoral courts, including extradition proceedings before the Federal Supreme Court, among others.

Mirza & Malan Advogados defends clients against accusations involving a wide range of criminal accusations, including:

  • Money laundering
  • Criminal conspiracy
  • Financial crimes
  • Tax evasion
  • Antitrust crimes (such as cartel participation)
  • Capital market crimes (such as insider trading)
  • Environmental crimes
  • Crimes against the public administration
  • Crimes against public health
  • Crimes involving consumer relations
  • Crimes involving the social security system
  • Bankruptcy crimes
  • Industrial property crimes
  • Crimes involving public tenders
  • Electoral crimes
  • Computer crimes
  • Crimes against honor (libel, slander)
  • Crimes against property

Another important service of Mirza & Malan Advogados is in preventive and consultative criminal law, through preparation of technical notes and legal opinions on complex questions, including matters related to corporate compliance, always aiming to provide clients with valuable guidance to obtain favorable results.

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