José holds a law degree that was obtained from the Rio de Janeiro State University in 1986. He joined Villemor Amaral Advogados in 1986, where, for 25 years, he was the leader of the infrastructure and projects practices.

José holds more than 15 years of experience in the areas of energy and oil and gas, where he has represented Petrobras and many other state gas distributors in several structuring projects, greenfield developments, commercial agreements, funding structures (he has been a pioneer in representing Petrobras in project finance related to oil fields, floating production unities, natural gas pipelines, power plants and petrochemical plants), regulatory advisory matters and licensing.

As external counsel of Petrobras, he has led several projects and transactions that were landmarks for the foundation of the current format of the gas industry in Brazil.

Due to his vast experience in the oil and gas industry as Petrobras external legal counsel, he was invited in 2007 to take the position of general counsel of OGX Petróleo e Gás Participações SA.