Fernando B. Dias

White-Collar Criminal Defense Partner


Fernando Barboza Dias is a partner in our white-collar criminal defense practice. Mr. Dias’ work focuses on advising and representing clients in criminal and white-collar matters. He has also provided legal opinions in complex cases and worked in internal fraud investigations. Prior to founding De Paula Dias, Mr. Dias spent seven years at a prominent Brazilian defense litigation firm in São Paulo.

Representative Cases

  • Advised and defended individuals involved in complex investigations by the Federal Police and state level law enforcement agencies (e.g. “Lava Jato”, “Calicute”, “Pouso Forçado”, “Zinabre”);
  • Represented clients who signed cooperation agreements with Brazilian law enforcement authorities, mainly the Ministério Público Federal;
  • Represented client under investigation by the Fraud Section of the United States Department of Justice;
  • Represented individuals in criminal procedures involving charges of crimes against the national financial system and money laundering;
  • Represented individuals and corporations in criminal procedures involving charges of environmental crimes stemming from industrial mismanagement, transportation accidents or allegedly negligent acts;
  • Represented individuals in criminal tax violations (e.g. case involving allegedly criminal tax violation of over R$ 100 million);
  • Advised clients during internal fraud investigations, assisted clients in prosecuting liable individuals, and in searching and freezing proceeds of their crimes;


LL.M., University of Virginia, School of Law, 2017

Specialization Course, White-Collar Criminal Law, FGV/SP, 2014

J.D., Pontifícia Universidade Católica – SP, Brazil, 2010


Márcio Thomas Bastos Award (2014): award for the active and relevant collaboration as a volunteer of the Institute of Defense of the Right of Defense.


Mr. Dias is a native Portuguese speaker and is fluent in English.