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Cecilia Mendes video: In Memoriam
She never went unnoticed, even when she was not able to attend Pragma’s board meetings. Her life has always been the result of strong and firm convictions. Her father, a doctor in England, taught her how to be an independent woman, professional and willing to go the extra mile to fight for her ideas. When we met in 1989, at the age of 32, she had already been capable of setting up a law firm by herself in Portugal dealing with international clients in a country that had still not signed the agreement to adhere to the European Union. The previous year, falling from her horse let her barely without a voice, the most important tool of a lawyer. However, her resilience and energy led her to pursue a long, successful and challenging career, of which we have all been witnesses.
Caria Mendes Advogados office was created in 1992 by the universal, competent and enlightened vision of Cecília Caria Mendes, who interpreted and applied Law in a perspective of anticipating problems and their objective, professionally and optimistically resolution, ruled by the vehement way she has always defended her convictions and the client’s legitimate interests.
Giving priority to the values that she never abdicated, such as seriousness, professionalism and dedication, she opened two offices, in Lisbon and Oporto, and surrounded herself with professionals with whom she identified and with whom she strengthened, over the years, relevant professional relationships in different fields of Law.