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José Martins Esfola


José Martins Esfola practices in the area of employment law, with particular focus on regular legal advice to national and multinational companies on a wide range of contractual and immigration matters, implementation of internal policies, litigation, public incentives, privacy and data protection in the workplace, posting of employees and restructurings.

Additionally, he provides regular legal advice to several companies on matters related to relocation ofworkers to national territory.


  • Secondment in a leading automotive company on the implementation of several HR internal procedures related with integrity and compliance.
  • Part of the team that advised two of the main Portuguese banks in the context of credit intermediation operations.
  • Part of the team that assisted a leading company in the film industry and streaming services in obtaining thenecessary documentation for the entry and stay in Portugal of cast and technical staff members, within the scope of afilm production shot in Portugal.
  • Portuguese
  • English
  • Tilburg University, LLM, Law and Technology, 2018
  • Lisbon University, School of Law, Post-Graduation in Intellectual Property, 2018
  • Autonoma Academy, Post-Graduation in Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity, 2017

    Portuguese Catholic University, School of Law, Law Degree, 2016


  • Recommended by Legal 500 in Employment

Prior Experience

  • 2021-present, Associate, DLA Piper ABBC
  • 2018–21, Trainee Lawyer, DLA Piper ABBC
  • 2016-17, Part-time Internship, Lisbon based law firm
  • 2015, Summer Internship, Lisbon based IP Consultancy Firm

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association