Ricardo Tosto, Leading Member of the Brazilian Bar

The Brazilian Bar, or Law Society, is called the Order of Lawyers of Brazil (OAB), and is the main regulatory body for the legal profession in Brazil. The OAB traces its roots to the beginnings of formal legal education in Brazil, which began in 1827 when the first law schools were established. Inspired by the Portuguese Institute of Lawyers, a Brazilian Institute of Lawyers, which served as a kind of guild or association, was established shortly thereafter, but the actual OAB as a quasi-governmental and regulatory body did not come into fruition until 1930, on the heels of a political revolution.

One of the main responsibilities of the OAB is the admission of new lawyers to the bar. Undergraduate law degrees in Brazil take five years, and recent graduates and final-year students can apply for admission, which requires passing a two-stage examination. The OAB exam is similar to exams required for attorney licensure in other countries, but has been standardized throughout the country for the last few years. Admission of attorneys to the bar in Brazil is by the state OAB section, although lawyers are permitted to represent clients in other jurisdictions on a limited basis.

Ricardo Tosto is a preeminent member of the OAB. Tosto is a partner in the law firm of Leite, Tosto, and Barros, and practices in a number of areas, such as credit repair, banking contracts, bankruptcy, appellate practice, business restructuring, administrative law, electoral law, as well as general civil and commercial practice. Tosto is a graduate of McKenzie University in Sao Paulo. Prior to entering private practice, he served as in-house counsel to Grupo Rede and as a director of the company’s private pension foundation.

Tosto is also active in his OAB section. He was chair of the OAB’s modernization and reform of the judiciary commission and is also a member of the International Bar Association. He is also the author of a book entitled “The Trial of Tiradentes,” about a pivotal event in Brazil history. He is one of the few Brazilian attorneys recognized by Who’s Who in commercial law, and has been ranked by publications such as Legal 500 and Analise 500.

Jordan A Thomas And Labaton Sucharow LLP Secure $17 Million Award For Whistleblower

Imagine the conundrum. You are a banker working at one of the country’s largest public financial institutions. During your everyday activities, you stumble upon evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Perhaps it is fraud that is affecting thousands of people or it is unethical business practices that scam money out of investors. No matter the criminal activity, you instantly recognize it for what it is because you work in the industry.

These protections allow you to remain anonymous while you turn evidence over to the federal government through an SEC whistleblower attorney. This anonymity allows you to continue to work at your institution, protecting your career and your identity.

But why would you risk such a thing? That answer also lies in the Dodd Frank act. In an attempt to incentivize SEC whistleblowers to come forward, the government has agreed to pay 10 to 30% of the fines collected against the public financial institution to the SEC whistleblower. This incentive payout only comes if the fines total more than $1 million. But Jordan A Thomas at Labaton Sucharow LLP believes you can get even more money for turning evidence against your employer. The experienced SEC whistleblower lawyer can get you a share of the fines collected by other law enforcement agencies.

Labaton Sucharow LLP recently got an anonymous SEC whistleblower client a $17 million payout for turning evidence against a public financial institution. This payout came as a percentage of the fines collected by the federal government from the institution. The SEC whistleblower also remained anonymous through the entire proceedings. And the $17 million payout is the second largest in SEC whistleblower history.

They were the first law firm to develop a specialized wing dealing with SEC whistleblower protection. They recruited only the best and carry a professional staff of seasoned veterans. The SEC whistleblower protection program is run by Jordan A Thomas. Mr. Thomas has extensive experience in SEC enforcement as he used to work at the Securities and Exchange commission in the enforcement department. The government even turned to Mr. Thomas to get help crafting the whistleblower protection provisions found in Dodd Frank. His intimate knowledge allows him to protect SEC whistleblowers like no other lawyer.

Ross Abelow Is On a Mission To Save The Animals

Ross Abelow, a very well known lawyer in the New York area, is on a mission to save as many animals as he can. On January 13th, 2016, Abelow launched a new fundraiser to benefit the many homeless animals throughout the city. He started things off small with the initial goal of raising $5000.

All money will be used to help care for animals who have been left out in the cold during the winter months. Shelters will be able to use the funds for things such as blankets, food, medical care and anything else they need to care for homeless and vulnerable animals.

If you have ever been to New York in the winter, you know the weather can be very cold and rigid. Animals can literally freeze to death if left out too long.

The problem is many animal owners, who without a doubt love their animals, often find themselves in tough situations and unable to properly care for their animals. Instead of taking them to a shelter, which is the best option, many will simply leave the animal out in the cold.

Abelow hopes his fundraiser can help prevent animals from dying due to being left out in the cold. And though this is a tall task, if we all work together we can prevent thousands of animals from dying during the coldest months of the year.

About Ross Abelow

Ross Martin Abelow has been a licensed attorney in the state of New York for close to 30 years. He grew up in the area and decided to complete his undergrad studies at the State University of New York. He later attended the Brooklyn Law School and received his law degree in 1989.

Since starting his career he has focused on helping families deal with tough issues. He has a specialty in matrimonial and family law, commercial litigation and entertainment law. The culmination of his amazing career was when he was named partner at the law firm of Abelow & Cassandro, Llp.

Abelow has a very active social media presence where he shares legal advice with all his followers. You can find him on Facebook and Mashable.

If you would like to learn more about Abelow’s fundraiser, visit the GoFundMe account he has set up.