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Claudia Chagas


Partner at FeldensMadruga in Brasília since 2018. She joined the firm after more than 24 years as Prosecutor, during such a period she held several positions and was National Secretary of Justice. 

She works in Administrative Law, especially in topics related to Anti-Corruption and Administrative Improbity, Government Sanctions, and public procurement. She also works in International Legal Cooperation, Constitutional Law, and Criminal Law. Claudia defends foreign individuals, legal entities, and foreign governments before Courts, the Office of the Public Prosecutor, Federal and State government bodies, and the Federal and State Courts of Accounts. Her work also includes representing clients before the Superior Court of Justice (STJ) and the Supreme Court (STF). 

She is a member of the Special Commission for Integration with Superior Courts before the Federal Council of the Brazilian Bar Association (CFOAB), and the Federal District Lawyers Institute (IABDF) 

Recent Cases

Represents construction companies in proceedings before the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU). 

Defends construction companies in public civil claims before a Federal Court. 

Represents public servants in administrative disciplinary proceedings before the office of the Federal Attorney General (AGU). 

Defended Prosecutors before the National Council of Prosecutors. 

Drafted an opinion on a letter rogatory proceeding, pending before the Superior Court of Justice, in which the foreign authority requested the freezing of assets in Brazil. 

Negotiated a leniency agreement before the Comptroller General of the Union (CGU) on behalf of a transnational company in the energy sector, after a global resolution on acts of corruption. 

Represents assignees of federal credits arising from debts of the Sugar and Alcohol Institute (IAA) in the enforcement proceeding pending before a Federal Court and in negotiations for the sale of such credits. 

Coordinates a working group for the implementation of the General Data Protection Law (LGPD) compliance program at a company in the oil and gas sector. 

Defends a business group and its executives in preliminary civil and criminal proceedings under Operation Zelotes before the Office of the Federal Prosecutor (MPF). 

Defends a former company executive of charges of crimes against the National Financial System before a Federal Court. 

Represents a former public servant, before the MPF, to avoid the initiation of criminal action, clarifying the facts preventively. 

Defended a member of the Board of Directors of a telecom company against accusations of Crimes against the Financial Order 

Provides criminal law consultancy to executives of companies in the energy sector. 


Federal District Prosecutor – MPDFT (1993-2017). After clerking for Justices of the Superior Court of Justice (STJ) and the Supreme Court (STF), she served as a Prosecutor for 24 years in the areas of Criminal Law and Administrative Law. Prosecuted several companies and individuals in criminal and civil claims, particularly those related to the legality of administrative acts, decisions, and proceedings, on issues such as public procurement and administrative contracts, access to the public health system and medication, and State civil liability. 

Chief legal assistant to the Prosecutor General in Administrative Law – PGR (2013-2017). Led the Administrative Law team at the Office of the Prosecutor General and acted in judicial proceedings pending before the Supreme Court assigned to the Prosecutor General, as well as in administrative proceedings pending before the National Council of the Public Prosecutors, at the National Council of Justice and the Federal Justice Council, drafting opinions, participating in hearings and defining the case strategy. Internally, within the Office of the Prosecutor General itself, wrote opinions that supported the Prosecutor General’s decisions in administrative appeals related to public procurement proceedings and contracts, institutional matters, and requests from prosecutors and staff. 

Counselor at the National Council of the Public Prosecutors – CNMP (2010-2013). Was the Counsellor Rapporteur and ruled on several proceedings related to the Federal and State Prosecutor’s Office, including disciplinary proceedings. 

National Secretary of Justice – Ministry of Justice (2003-2006). Led the Ministry of Justice team that created the Department of Asset Recovery and International Legal Cooperation (DRCI) and the National Strategy for Combating Corruption and Money Laundering (ENCCLA). She also coordinated the Department of Foreigners, the National Penitentiary Department, and the team that modified the television, film, and other public entertainment rating system. 

Headed the Brazilian delegations that negotiated bilateral agreements on legal cooperation and mutual legal assistance treaties (MLATs) in criminal matters between Brazil and Switzerland (2003), the United Kingdom (2003), and China (2004). She was part of the Brazilian delegations that presented to the FATF the measures to fight money laundering and terrorist financing adopted by Brazil (2003 and 2004). She was also part of the delegation that obtained cooperation from the government of Jersey for sending evidence relating to crimes committed in Brazil (2005).

Dean of the Federal District Public Prosecutor’s Graduate School – ESMPDFT (2008 -2010). Coordinated teaching and researching activities.

Juducial Clerk for Justices of the Superior Court of Justice (STJ) and the Supreme Court (STF) (1988-1993). Drafted legal opinions in proceedings relating to Public, Tax, and Constitutional Law.  


Master of Laws – University of Brasília (UnB). Her dissertation discussed the conflict between the right to privacy and the Freedom of Information Act (LAI) resulting in a book published in 2017. 

Specialist in Criminal Justice Systems – Federal University of Santa Catarina – UFSC. The monograph dealt with the challenges in combating money laundering in the context of international legal cooperation. 

Bachelor of Laws – University of Brasília – UnB 


CHAGAS, Claudia Maria de Freitas Chagas. Access to Information and Privacy: a dilemma in a Democratic Society. Editora D´Plácido, 2017.

CHAGAS, Claudia Maria de Freitas; ROMÃO, José Eduardo Elias; LEAL, Sayonara (org.)Classificação indicativa no Brasil – desafios e perspectivas. Ministério da Justiça, 2006.