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Lawyers who are nominated for consideration are voted on by currently recognized Best Lawyers working in the same practice area and located in the same geographic region. Our awards and recognitions are based purely on the feedback we receive from these top lawyers. Those who receive high peer reviews undergo a thorough verification process to make sure they are currently still in private practice. Only then can these top lawyers be recognized by Best Lawyers.

2022 marks the 12th  Edition of The Best Lawyers in Portugalhonoring the professional excellence of 825 lawyers in 51 practice areas. 

Best Lawyers is pleased to celebrate 52 “Lawyer of the Year” awards across Portugal as well. "Lawyer of the Year" honors are awarded annually to only one lawyer per practice area in each region with extremely high overall feedback from their peers, making it an exceptional distinction.


Portugal Stats 2022

Publication Statistics

Here are highlights from the 2022 12th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Portugal:

  • 825 Lawyers Recognized
  • 51 Practice Areas
  • 52 "Lawyer of the Year" awards
  • 15 "Law Firm of the Year" awards

Top metro area:

Lisbon is the metro with the most listed lawyers.

Top 10 practice areas by number of recognized lawyers:

  • Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Tax Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Public Law
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Real Estate Law
  • Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Top 10 most searched practice areas in Portugal in 2021 on

  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Tax
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Family Law

Law Firm of the Year

“Law Firm of the Year” awards recognize a single top firm for its work in a specific legal practice area nationwide. Awards are determined based on a handful of factors including lawyer feedback, the number of lawyers included in Best Lawyers for that firm and practice area, the number of office locations a firm has, historical analysis of the firm’s “Lawyer of the Year” awards, materials submitted by firms, and the firm’s overall scope and areas of expertise.

The 2022 “Law Firm of the Year” recipients in Portugal are:

BMA - Intellectual Property Law
Campos Ferreira, Sá Carneiro & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados -
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
- Real Estate Law
- Labor and Employment Law
- Tax Law
Gómez-Acebo & Pombo 
- Competition / Antitrust Law
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados 
- Administrative Law, Litigation
Arbitration and Mediation, Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Sérvulo & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados, SP 
- Criminal Defense
Uría Menéndez Abogados 
- Corporate Law, Project Finance and Development Practice
Vieira de Almeida & Associados
- Banking and Finance Law, Capital Markets Law


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