Our history

What does PLMJ's history consist of?

PLMJ has existed for more than 50 years. And throughout our history we have always been sure, as we are today, that we will continue to lead. We have the responsibility of being the first project in Portugal to establish a modern law firm. And that mission has marked PLMJ’s brilliant journey.

At the end of the 1960s, António Maria Pereira invited Luís Sáragga Leal to form what would become the largest law firm in the country. It was all the result of a vision that the future would confirm was right over the course of the firm’s history. In the following decade, Francisco Oliveira Martins and José Miguel Júdice joined the two founders. “P” for Pereira, “L” for Leal, “M” for Martins, “J” for Júdice. PLMJ was born and quickly established itself as the benchmark for legal services in Portugal. Four letters that today represent the talent of more than 400 people.

Transformative Legal Experts

We are made of transformations

This is our signature. It means a meticulous school of law, of what is and what we never deviate from, and it is the common thread that runs through everything we do. It means ethics. It also means that we are shaped by non-conformism.

What other way is there of being in the world than this, of wanting to overcome challenges, of surpassing ourselves?

In everyday situations and quantum leaps, we learn to be what we are: law and change. And we do not believe in impossibilities.

We have been pioneers and often the very the first. But nostalgia, only for the future.


Businesses and law fully committed to a sustainable outcome.


Outstanding talent partnering with clients to create unique legal solutions, while considering the impact on the planet.


Having fulfilled people who help businesses thrive sustainably.

Os nossos valores


We are not afraid of anything or anyone, and we face up to complexity.


We do not accept impossibilities, and we are not constrained/contained by moulds.


We are aware that everything leaves its mark. Our attitudes have an effect. What we do has an effect.


We take care of our people and our clients because their problems are our problems.


Our differences make us stronger.

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