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Fernando Tristão Fernandes

Fernando Tristão Fernandes′ professional activities are closely tied to his political militancy during the harsh military regime of 1964 and he has acquired vast experience in many legal areas in a career spanning half a century of law practice. His subtle grasp of Brazilian reality and society are also derived from his life trajectory, as he was born in the state of Espírito Santo and has lived in various states throughout Brazil.

He married in the state of Minas Gerais and his first son, Fernando Fernandy Fernandes, was born in the state of Bahia. "Fernandy" became Prosecutor and Secretary of Justice for the state of Rio de Janeiro, having also been general secretary of the Public Prosecution Service, and is today a Court of Appeals Judge in the Rio de Janeiro Judiciary.

Fernando Tristão Fernandes obtained his Bachelor of Law and Economics degree in the state of Paraná, which is where his status in the trade union movement grew in the early 60s. His son, Fernando Olinto Fernandes, was born in Curitiba, qualified as a doctor and was a member of Doctors without Borders before being awarded a Nobel Peace prize. He also lived for two years among the Brazilian Ianomâni tribe and served on humanitarian missions in civil wars in Sri Lanka and Rwanda.

While in confinement in Mato Grosso do Sul during the harshest period of the military regime, Tristão Fernandes was fully dedicated to the practice of law, and it was there that his son and current office partner, Fernando Augusto Fernandes, was born. After the political amnesty he moved to Rio de Janeiro and set up a new office, and there is now also a branch office in São Paulo.

Fernando Tristão Fernandes began his legal career defending students arrested by the department of political and social order %u2013 DOPS %u2013 in the state of Paraná during the military regime. He himself was a victim of political oppression and was arrested and even imprisoned, though he managed to appear on 30 juries, denounced torture and defended social and labor rights.