Lina Pimentel is one of the leading lawyers in Brazil, recognised by environmental law rankings issued by various publications, including Chambers & Partners, the main multijurisdictional research institution for law firms and attorneys. She has been working in environmental law for approximately 19 years and has extensive experience in environmental law within public, private and third sectors, including positions as in-house council with the state of São Paulo environmental agency (CETESB) and the sustainability department of a renewable energy company.
At CETESB, her activities involved issuing legal opinions in connection with legislative bills relating to various environmental matters including licensing, prevention of pollution and forestry. At Brenco, she coordinated sustainability issues during the start-up phase of the company, which included running licensing proceedings of five ethanol plants in three different states in the mid-west region of Brazil before state and federal authorities. She also coordinated the implementation of social, environmental and health and safety policies, as well as litigation matters involving licences.
At Mattos Filho, she focuses on a wide range of environmental matters, such as forest, indigenous people matters, solid waste, contamination, climate change, corporate liabilities, and licensing. Lina is a vice-chair of the Environmental, Health and Safety Committee of the International Bar Association and a Co-Coordinator of the Environmental Law Committee of Centro de Estudos das Sociedades de Advogados.