Bernardo Buarque Schiller

Bernardo Buarque Schiller


Bernardo Buarque Schiller is co-founder of Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper and partner of the Real Estate practice, based in Rio de Janeiro. 

Bernardo has extensive experience in real estate law and in civil litigation, having represented a wide range of large construction companies and developers.
Recent editions of Chambers Latin America have recognized Bernardo as a leading individual in Real Estate Law. Clients have described him as "the best choice because of his dynamism, incredibly fast response time and excellence in all technical aspects of a transaction" and also "a reference in the industry".

Bernardo began his career as an intern at the Sérgio Faria Sardenberg law firm, then associated with Baker & McKenzie, where he worked from 1970 to 1972. In 1973, he joined the Antonio Augusto de Vasconcellos Neto law firm. Bernardo began his public service career in the following year, having passed the examination to join the Prosecution Office of the former State of Guanabara (currently the State of Rio de Janeiro). There Bernardo initially worked as public defender in civil and criminal courts, then as administrator of bankrupt estates in bankruptcy and judicial reorganization courts and, later, as administrator of orphan and probate estates in orphans and probate courts.

Between 1977 and 1996, he was an associate at Wolfe Gerchenzon Advogados. During that time, he also served as Chief Counsel for the Rio de Janeiro State Planning and Coordination Department (1988-1989) and as Chief Counsel for the Civil Affairs Office of the State of Rio de Janeiro (1990-1991). A few years later, between 1998 and 1999, he worked as Chief Civil Law Counsel at the State Attorney General's Office of Rio de Janeiro.

In 1997, Bernardo became partner at LA Campos Mello Advogados, the firm that preceded Campos Mello, Pontes, Vinci & Schiller Advogados – now Campos Mello Advogados – which he and Luiz Antônio Campos Mello founded in 2005.

DLA Piper and Campos Mello Advogados (CMA) are separate and independent law firms, which work in cooperation with one another. Partners of DLA Piper are not partners of CMA; and CMA partners are not partners of DLA Piper.

Bar admissionsRio de Janeiro, BrazilSao Paulo, Brazil
  • English
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • B.A. in Law, University of Guanabara (currently the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro), 1972


  • Chambers Brazil
    2021 - Senior Statesperson, Brazil Real Estate: Transactional
    Chambers comments, "Senior statesperson Bernardo Buarque Schiller remains active with a renowned practice advising clients on sale and purchase agreements. Clients report: "He profoundly knows the law. He is always available and knows our business. I am satisfied with his skills."
  • Chambers Latin America
    2020 - Senior Statesperson, Brazil Real Estate
    2016 - 2019 -  Band 1, Brazil Real Estate
  • The Legal 500 Latin America
    2022 - Leading Lawyer, Brazil Real Estate
    Legal 500 comments, "Other key partners include practice co-heads Bernardo Buarque Schiller, who is especially experienced in strategic property developments."
    2015 - 2021 - Leading Lawyer, Brazil Real Estate
    2012 - 2014 - Recommended, Brazil Real Estate
Excellence and Relationship

Campos Mello Advogados was the first full-service Brazilian law firm to consistently use the NPS (Net Promoter Score) method. In the first year using the method, the firm achieved grade 83.

Pro Bono

  • Legal advisor to Beit Lubavitch, a non-profit organization based in Rio de Janeiro which is part of a worldwide network of non-profit organizations dedicated to promote awareness and appreciation of the Jewish identity

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Brazilian Bar Association (OAB), Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo Chapters
  • Institute of Brazilian Lawyers (IAB) 



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