Attorney at FeldensMadruga in Brasília since its founding in 2013, Rafael joined the Firm after leaving Barbosa Müssnich Aragão (BMA) where he represented clients mainly before the Superior Court of Justice (STJ) and the Supreme Court (STF).
Between 2018 and 2020, he was on leave from the Firm to pursue an LL.M. degree at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, USA, and to be a foreign associate at Paul Hastings LLP, where he was part of the team that conducted internal investigations in France, Spain, and the United States, in an aerospace company. During his period in the US, he counselled companies from the oil & gas, and aerospace sectors that were under monitorships imposed by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ).
At FeldensMadruga he is a member of the Public Law teams, working especially with matters involving the Anticorruption, Improbity and Public Procurement Laws. He also works with internal investigations and international legal cooperation.
Rafael defends individuals, companies, and foreign governments before the Judicial and Executive Powers, as well as before the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU).
In addition to being licensed in Brazil, Rafael has been approved and certified by the New York State Board of Law Examiners (pending registration).
Defends a transnational technology company in a proceeding before the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU).
Defends a domestic building company in a civil claim (ação civil pública) before the State Court in Rio de Janeiro.
Represents assignee of credits against the Federal Government arising from debts from the defunct do Instituto do Açúcar e do Álcool (IAA) in proceedings pending before the Federal Court in Brasília (SJDF) and the Superior Court of Justice (STJ)
Is part of a workgroup to create and implement the data privacy compliance program in an Oil & Gas company.
Represents a transnational energy company in self-disclosure proceeding before the Federal Prosecution Office (MPF).
Foreign Associate at Paul Hastings LLP (2019-2020). After externing at the Firm during the LL.M. course, was hired as a foreign associate. Drafted proffer to The United States Department of Justice (USDOJ). Wrote outlines for scoping interviews and interviewed key company personnel in internal corruption investigations. Conducted internal investigations of allegations of bribery and corruption, and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) violations. From Paris, France, and Madrid, Spain, conducted investigations in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Associate at Barbosa Müssnich Aragão Advogados (BMA) (2009-2013). After externing at the Firm during Law School, was hired as an associate. Defended national and foreign clients in various cases involving Administrative, Antitrust, Corporate, and Tax Law proceedings before Brazil highest courts, State, and Federal courts and before the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU). Challenged government sanctions before the Superior Court of Justice (STJ), State and Federal courts, and TCU.
Intern before the Office of the General Federal Prosecutor (PGR) and National Justice Council (CNJ) (2008). Worked in the office of a Deputy Prosecutor-General and the chambers of a Justice from the Superior Labor Court (at CNJ), drafted opinions to be presented before the Supreme Court and decisions and opinions to be presented before the full bench of the CNJ.
LL.M. (Master of Laws) from Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, USA. The final paper discussed independent monitorships imposed by American and Brazilian authorities and defended the benefits of a future bill setting forth the monitorship as means to rehabilitate companies that committed acts of corruption.
Postgraduate degree (lato sensu) on Constitutional Law from the Instituto Brasiliense de Direito Público (IDP). The final paper argued the possibility and the importance of binding precedents issued by the Superior Court of Justice (STJ).
Bachelor of laws from Instituto de Educação Superior de Brasília (IESB)