Karl Heideck is a lawyer who bases his business in Philadelphia. As someone who used to live around the area, I thought it would be cool to sit down with him. I wanted to ask him a few questions about his area of expertise. I wanted to find out more about the process of litigation and what it all entails. I thought this would be a great way for prospective college kids, who are majoring in law, to get a better understanding of what they are getting into and what they need to be aware of
My Sit-Down With Karl Heideck
Karl Heideck, you make a living by doing this. what is a litigator?
It is a Latin term. It means to “drive a lawsuit”. What I do is drive a potential lawsuit through the courts. Some clients get left in the dirt to the judicial process. Some courts feel that they cases do not warrant being given a proper case and hearing. This is where I come in.
The process itself is what I just spoke of. This involves any civil suit. Some get a proper hearing and others do not. I make sure that a client gets the proper treatment they deserve.
Karl Heideck, What advice, if any, would you give to prospective law students who are thinking of doing this for a living?
T.V shows kind of white-wash the process. They have to do it for entertainment value. The actual process is much harder. It is rather time-consuming. You will have to go through a lot of red-tape to make each case happen. It is not easy. Some days will be easier than others. Law students should only consider this type of law if they are completely invested in the process.
The Brazilian Law is structured on civil law system, and it takes its roots from Roman Law. The Law of the country has the constituents of European Laws as the Portuguese, Spanish, French, German and Italian Law have taken their places. It has a two-level court system for the states and the country with Federal Supreme Court on top with jurisdiction entire country and state courts which have jurisdiction within the state. In the states, there are Trial Courts and Justice Tribunals. The Trial Courts are having the jurisdiction of a judicial district which mostly comprises one or more municipalities. Justice Tribunals are the highest court in the state with jurisdiction across the state.
The legislation is passed by the federal legislature, state legislatures, and municipalities. Anyone who wants to shine in the Brazilian legal system should enroll a five-year Bachelor of Law course. After which, people have to appear the bar examination conducted by Brazilian bar association to start with legal practice. The bar examination consists of two phases with one multiple choice part and a descriptive exam part. The examination is mostly of legal applicability level with a focus on the intermediate level difficulty to make the aspirants go through various legal complexities. This type of legal education helped lawyers like Ricardo Tosto to get the best out of them. Ricardo Tosto, a prominent attorney in Brazil, always admit that the legal system of Brazil, its exposure, and the stringent law education system has helped him to be very successful in the career. He has more than 25 years of legal experience. Currently, Ricardo Tosto is a partner at the law firm Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados. He is a litigation expert and helps the new attorneys on various complex legal issues and trains them to be an expert in various legal matters.
Ricardo Tosto has many reputed clients including, corporates, politicians, celebrities, etc. He is known for providing high-quality legal services infused with his years of experience. Considering his expertise in legal matters, other attorneys seek advice from him on specific legal issues. Ricardo Tosto completed his Bachelor of Law from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie and did graduation in Business Administration from Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado.