João Medeiros

João Medeiros joined VdA in 2019. Co-Head Partner at the Investigations & White Collar area of practice.

Boasting 27 years of experience in Litigation, João has focused his practice on this particular area for the last 20 years. João mainly interacts with Courts, judicial authorities and the police, having led some of the most complex criminal proceedings in Portugal over the years. João is one of the most highly respected and leading Portuguese criminal lawyers, particularly as regards economic, financial and tax crimes.

Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers - Litigation (Lisbon) - 2023

Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers - Criminal Defense - 2021

Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers - Litigation (Lisbon) - 2020

Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers - Criminal Defense (Lisbon) - 2018

Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers - Criminal Defense (Lisbon) - 2016

Law degree at the Catholic University of Portugal, Faculty of Law (Lisbon).

João joined PLMJ in 1994 as a trainee and remained there until 2019, having made Partner at the firm. He headed the Investigations & White Collar and Compliance practice area.

Founder and member of the Criminal Forum’s BoD - Associação de Advogados Penalistas (Association of Criminal Lawyers).

Criminal Procedural Practices Trainer at the Bar Association - Lisbon District Council.

Member of the Jury of the Centro de Estudos Judiciários ("CEJ") (Judicial Training Center), 2012.

Admitted to the Criminal Investigation Police by public tender. Completed the Trainee Detective course at the Criminal Investigation Police’s Barro facilities, in Loures, 2002.

João has authored several articles in national publications and newspapers. A few highlights:

  • A Inteligência Artificial e Contencioso Penal I (Artificial Intelligence and Criminal Litigation I), Almedina
  • A elaboração de programas de compliance (Preparing compliance programs), co-author, Almedina

Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association.

ECBA - European Criminal Bar Association.

Fórum Penal (Criminal Forum) - Associação de Advogados Penalistas (Association of Criminal Lawyers) – Member of the Advisory Board.

Founder and Member of the BoD of the Observatório Português de Compliance e Regulatório (Portuguese Compliance and Regulations Observatory)


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