We are a law firm specialized in criminal law. We represent our clients in criminal investigations and lawsuits. We also represent victims of crimes, adopting measures before the police authorities and acting as assistants to the prosecution.
I always wanted to be a criminal lawyer! Shortly after I entered law school at the University of São Paulo in 1990, I worked as an intern at a few law firms, but one of them struck me in particular. It was the internship with Adib Yazbek and his daughters, Selma and Eleonora. It was a civil law firm at Rua Riachuelo, in the Santa Francisca building, one of those old buildings downtown, where the elevators still have hinged manual doors. As Mr. Adib knew that I was very interested in criminal law, he asked Mr. Rafael Potenza for an internship. Mr. Potenza was a typical Italian man, extremely kind. He was a criminal lawyer and had an office in the same building. He won everybody over with his charisma. His fatherly style, gray hair, chubbiness and a big mustache on his face. However, he did not want an intern.
– Adib, I don’t like interns. I go to the courthouse by myself and handle things.
After some insistence, he agreed to let me accompany him on his trips to the police station and the Criminal Courthouse. For me, that was awesome, everything I ever wanted. I worked with Potenza for a short time, but it was enough to know that I had chosen the right field.