José Carlos Soares Machado graduated from the faculty of law of Lisbon University in 1976 and has practised law for more than 30 years. He has been consistently recognised as a leading civil and commercial litigation lawyer.

Since 2011 he has been a partner and head of the litigation and arbitration department at SRS Advogados, one of the most important law firms based in Lisbon.

He is a professor at the law faculty of Nova University of Lisbon and a member of the ILA International Commercial Arbitration Committee. He has also been the representative of the Minister of Justice on the Portuguese Insolvency Administrators Supervisory Committee since 2005.

José Carlos Soares Machado is a former president of Lisbon Bar Council, as well as a member of the Portuguese Bar Association National Board of Directors, and of its National Supreme Council. He is also an arbitrator at its arbitration centre.

He is the author of several published works on constitutional law, corporate law, real estate law and professional ethics.

He is a member of the Portuguese Arbitration Association and has been an arbitrator in numerous cases. He has also represented clients in numerous arbitrations before ad hoc and arbitration centre tribunals.