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Catarina Portela Morais

Senior Associate

Catarina Portela Morais is a member of the firm´s aviation law practice team and leads the litigation work regarding the airline´s activity, namely with passengers and with the regulatory authority, representing and coordinating the work for more than 20 airlines in this field. She represents airlines in complex litigation procedures and in landmark cases.

Catarina Portela Morais also advises clients on highly regulated sectors such as transport (especially aviation), tobacco, waste management and environment.

She is also a regular presence in the media with op-eds and articles related with aviation matters.


  • Advising several airlines in particular on aviation law and regulatory issues, as well as litigation in general
  • Advising on compliance issues in regulated sectors, including transport (especially aviation), tobacco and online gambling
  • Advising on negotiations with the Portuguese government and on implementing support plans involving public discussion of new legislation and changes to the regulatory framework applicable to highly regulated sectors
  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Autónoma Lisbon University, Post-Graduation in Forensic Practices / Preparation Course for the CEJ, 2010/2011
  • Lisbon University, School of Law, Law Degree, 2001


  • Ranked as Associate to Watch by Chambers and Parners in Chambers Europe
  • Distinguished by Legal 500 as a Rising Star in Aviation

Prior Experience

  • 2019-present, Senior Associate, DLA Piper ABBC (previously ABBC)
  • 2008-2019, Associate, DLA Piper ABBC (previously ABBC)
  • 2008, Internal Lawyer, The Edge Group, SGPS S.A.
  • 2004-2008, Associate Lawyer, Lisbon based law firm
  • 2002-2004, Trainee Lawyer, Lisbon based law firm

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association
  • Member of the Council of Justice of the Triathlon Federation of Portugal
  • Member of APFN - Portuguese Large Families Association since 2003