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Elias Marques de Medeiros Neto

Elias Marques de Medeiros  Neto

Practice Groups

Litigation, Arbitration, Mediation, Crisis Management, Agribusiness


Office: São Paulo
Phone: (55 11) 5086-5559


Professional experience

TozziniFreire’s partner in the Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation practices, Elias is responsible for conducting strategic litigation issues, acting in arbitrations, mediations and complex litigation matters. He has over 20 years’ experience in the private sector, with direct involvement in strategic litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution. He also worked as legal director/general counsel in a large national business group in the energy, fuel, lubricants, infrastructure, agribusiness and gas industries, having led, for over 11 years, teams in Civil Litigation and Arbitration, Tax Litigation, Labor Litigation, Environmental Litigation, Regulatory Litigation, and Criminal Litigation. Elias is also a university professor of Civil Procedural Law and author of books and articles in the area.


Elias was recognized by his peers, six consecutive times, as one of the most admired legal executives in Brazil, being acknowledged in 2018 and 2020 as the most admired legal executive in the country by Análise Executivos Jurídicos e Financeiros magazine. In 2017, he was recognized as one of the best litigation managers in Latin America by LACCA.


  • English
  • Spanish
  • Italian


  • Postdoctoral degrees in Civil Procedural Law from the University of Lisbon/Portugal, in 2015, and from the University of Coimbra/Portugal, in 2019.
  • PhD, in 2014, and máster´s degree, in 2009, in Civil Procedural Law from PUC-SP (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo).
  • MBA in Business Management, in 2012, and Specialized degree in Business Law, in 2006, from FGV-SP (Fundação Getulio Vargas de São Paulo).
  • Specialized degree in Civil Procedural Law, in 2004, and in Contract Law, in 2005, by the University Extension Center.Extension courses in the Negotiation Program, in 2013, and Mediation Program, in 2015, from Harvard Law School, Boston, USA.
  • Extension course from American University’s International Commercial Mediation and Arbitration Program - Washington College of Law, Washington, USA, in 2018.
  • Extension course in the Business and Compliance Program from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA, in 2017.
  • Graduate of the Law School of USP (Universidade de São Paulo), in 2001.

Additional activities:

  • Director and founding member of CEAPRO (Center for Advanced Process Studies).
  • Chair of the Energy Studies Commission and effective member of IASP (São Paulo Lawyers Institute).
  • Coordinator of the Civil Procedural Law Center at Higher Law School of OAB-SP (Brazilian Bar Association, São Paulo section).
  • Vice-chair of the Civil Procedural Law Commission of OAB-SP.
  • General Secretary of the Civil Procedural Law Commission of the Federal Council of OAB.
  • Chair of the Civil Procedural Law Commission of OAB-SP.
    Member of the CORT (Superior Council for Labor Relations) of FIESP (Industries Federation of São Paulo State).
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the Articule Institute.
    Coordinator of the Legal Departments Unit of CRA-SP (Regional Council of Administration of São Paulo).
  • Coordinator of the Corporate Advocacy Commission of IBRADEMP (Brazilian Institute of Business Law).
  • Member of IBDP (Brazilian Institute of Procedural Law).
    Member of AASP (São Paulo Lawyers Association).
  • Professor of Civil Procedural Law in doctoral, master and postgraduate programs at several higher education institutions.


  • 5 Anos de Vigência do CPC/2015: balanço do contencioso empresarial (co-org. and co-author). São Paulo: TozziniFreire Advogados, 2021.
  • Reflexões sobre os 5 anos de vigência do CPC/15 (co-org. and co-author). São Paulo: Ed. ESA OAB SP, 2021.
  • Reflexões sobre a Desjudicialização da Execução Civil (co-org. and author). 1. ed. Curitiba: Juruá, 2020.
  • Curso de Direito Processual Civil, Volumes 1, 2 e 3 (co-author). 1. ed. São Paulo: Verbatim, 2015, 2016 and 2018.
  • Aspectos do Direito Ferroviário: Uma Visão Através do Contencioso (co-org. and author). 1. ed. São Paulo: Verbatim, 2018.
  • CPC na Prática (co-org. and author). 1. ed. São Paulo: Migalhas, 2018.
  • Reflexões sobre o Código de Processo Civil de 2015. Uma contribuição dos membros do Centro de Estudos Avançados de Processo - CEAPRO (co-org. and author). 1. ed. São Paulo: Verbatim, 2018.
  • Tutela Provisória no CPC (co-org. and author). 1. ed. São Paulo: Saraiva, 2018.
  • Direito dos Negócios Aplicado, Volumes 1, 2 e 3 (co-org. and author). São Paulo: Almedina, 2015 and 2016.
  • Procedimento Extrajudicial Pré-executivo (author). 1. ed. São Paulo: Verbatim, 2015.
  • O Novo Código de Processo Civil: Breves Anotações para a Advocacia (co-org. and author). Brasília: Ed. CFOAB, 2015.
  • A Prova no Direito Processual Civil: Estudos em Homenagem ao Prof. João Batista Lopes (co-org. and author). São Paulo: Verbatim, 2013.
  • Aspectos Polêmicos do Agronegócio: Uma Visão Através do Contencioso (co-org. and author). São Paulo: Ed. Castro Lopes, 2013.
  • Proibição da Prova Ilícita no Processo Civil Brasileiro. São Paulo: Fiúza, 2010.
  • Several articles and chapters published in specialized magazines and books, in the Civil Procedural Law area.

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