Large general practices with English-speaking lawyers include:
Suchodolski Advogados Associados Rua Augusta 1819, 24th Floor (3372 1300/ suchodolski.com.br)
Ary Oswaldo Mattos Filho Alameda Joaquim Eugênio de Lima 447 (3147 7600/ mattosfilho.com.br)
For English-speaking specialist legal services relating to criminal, labour and consumer law, as well as legal support for opening a business try:
CTA Law Avenida Brigadeiro Faria Lima 1597, cj. 701, Jardim Paulistano (2361 9022/ ctalaw.com.br)
For immigration assistance try:
Mundie - Contact Nadia Demoliner Lacerda at email@example.com (3040 2924/ mundie.com.br)
Working in São Paulo
A work visa is required to be legally employed in Brazil, and any potential employer will have to apply for one through the Ministry of Labour & Employment (Ministério do Trabalho e Emprego. M.T.E.). Those intending to start a business or invest in one in Brazil will find there are a number of hoops to jump through. For more information and details, contact your embassy or seek advice from a law firm (see legal advice above).
For help navigating the complex web of paperwork for acquiring a visa or setting up a business, chances are the questions have already been asked, and answered, on the active gringoes.com forum.