With more than 20 years' experience in criminal litigation, João Medeiros heads PLMJ's criminal litigation team. He has advised individuals and companies on a wide range of criminal and administrative proceedings, and has been involved in innumerable complex and high profile criminal cases, including white-collar crimes, medical negligence and competition law.
A member of the ECBA – European Criminal Bar Association, João is also a founding member and a board member of Forum Penal – Criminal Lawyers Association and lecturer at the Portuguese Bar Association on criminal procedural law. He was also appointed to the jury of the Centre for Judiciary Studies (the public body responsible for training future Portuguese judges) and was invited to be one of the trainers on criminal procedure in the Bar Association (2008 and 2009). João was a founder and member of the board at the Criminal Forum (2015) and was also an associated founder of the Portuguese Observatory of Compliance and Regulation (2017).
João is highly recommended in international rankings for leading lawyers in the fields of criminal law and compliance. He was named Lawyer of the Year 2018 in Criminal Defence by US directory Best Lawyers, a Band 1 lawyer for the Europe Chamber in Criminal Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Compliance in 2017 and 2016. He is also highly recommended in Chambers and Partners and in The Legal 500 directories. João is described as: "heading the crime department and enjoys an impressive reputation in the market. He focuses on white-collar crime, compliance and medical negligence". In PLC – Which Lawyer, João is recommended as a leading lawyer for dispute resolution, arbitration and litigation due to his broad experience.
Under his supervision, the criminal law team published the PLMJ Anti-Corruption Guide in 2011, of which he was also co-author. In 2015, he was coordinator and co-author of numerous scientific publications, amongst them Financial and business crime in Portugal, Corporate Crime, Fraud and Investigation in Portugal and, in 2018, Portugal and Brazil: preventing money laundering. João earned his law degree from Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Lisbon in 1991 and, later, in 1993 began his work as a trainee lawyer at PLMJ. He was admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association in 1994 and has been a PLMJ partner since 2002.