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Douglas Leite


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Douglas Leite has 10+ years of experience assisting innovative companies overcome legal challenges and regulatory hurdles in Brazil. He joined Licks Attorneys in 2012 and became partner in 2020. As a consultant, he frequently assists clients with comprehensive legal analysis prior to the launch of new products and services. He is also an expert in data privacy and aids companies from different industry sectors to achieve and maintain compliance with the Brazilian privacy rules, sharing his knowledge on the matter as well as an speaker in several events regarding Brazilian Data Protection Law (LGPD).

As a litigator, Douglas works on complex lawsuits involving regulatory issues for innovative companies and has been involved in some of the most relevant leading cases in Brazil in the past decade. His representation includes not only acting before courts, but also interacting with State and Federal Prosecutors, Consumer Protection Agencies, regulators, and public authorities in different levels.

With strong academic background and solid expertise, Douglas delivers a qualified point of view that helps clients navigate complex legal issues that frequently arise for innovative companies in Brazil.

+ Languages
  • Portuguese
  • English

+ Practice Areas
  • Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents
  • Anti-counterfeiting
  • Contracts
  • Licensing & Tecnology
  • Trade Secrets & Regulatory
  • Unfair Competition
  • Regulatory Law
  • Technology, Media & Telecommunications
  • Cyber Law
  • Data Protection
  • Internet Privacy Law
  • Internet, E-commerce & Software
  • Patents
  • Litigation
  • Copyright & Software
  • Cyber Security & Data Protection
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Regulatory
  • Telecom & Iot
  • Media & Entertainment
+ Representative Cases
  • Represented the first and leading Brazilian insurtech in a lawsuit to secure its operation in 2016/2017. This dispute was the first major case regarding the interrelations of TechLaw and Insurance Law in Brazil;
  • Worked since the beginning in the team that secured the services of a top US-based e-hailing startup in Brazil, in nationwide litigation efforts including multiple defensive and offensive litigation strategies covering internet and transportation regulatory laws and criminal issues, in one of the highest profile legal Brazilian cases in 2015-2016;
  • Was one of the leading attorneys in the first case under the Brazilian Internet Bill of Rights (“Marco Civil”), assisting a major Silicon Valley start-up to have its app returned to the stores after an injunction ordered that the app be shut down in the country;
  • Represented a major European telecommunication infrastructure manufacturer in the patent dispute with the highest potential awards in Brazilian history.

+ Professional Highlights
  • Análise Advocacia – Rio de Janeiro (2023);
  • Leaders League – Data Protection (2023, 2022, 2021);
  • Leaders League – Technology (2023, 2022);
  • Análise Advocacia – Most Admired – IP (2020);
  • Análise Advocacia 500- ‘most admired’, Brazil (2020).

+ Representative Experience
+ Affiliations
  • IAPP – International Association of Privacy Professionals;
  • Brazilian Bar Association – Rio de Janeiro Section (OAB/RJ);
  • ITechLaw (International Technology Law Association).
+ Education
  • CIPP/E Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe, 2020;
  • Masters in Law (focus of study: Regulatory Law) at Fundação Getulio Vargas do Rio de Janeiro (FGV-Rio), 2019;
  • Bachelor of Law (LL.B), Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, 2007.
+ Publications
+ Speaking Engagements and Others
+ Articles