Joana de Sá

Partner | National Head of Labour
Languages | English - Spanish - German


Law Degree from Universidade Portucalense (1999); Course on Procedural Practices: Labour Law, University of Porto, Faculty of Law (2014); Advanced Training Course on the New Administrative Procedure Code Regime at Portuguese Catholic University (2015); Specialization Course in Labour Disciplinary Process, University of Porto, Faculty of Law (2017); Fashion Law Course – “Fashion Law”, Faculty of Law, Nova School of Law (2019); Compliance Course for Corruption Prevention, Nova School of Law | Nova University of Lisbon (2020); Formation in Gender Equality, Turisforma – Formação e Consultoria, Lda (2022), Higher Course on Social Security and Labor Law, Center for Financial Studies, Barcelona (2022).

Member of the Informal Working Group on Developments in the Business and Human Rights Agenda, including the UNGP ten year plus project (UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights).

Pharmacy and Medicines Law Academic Background:
Postgraduate Course in Pharmacy and Medication Law, Biomedical Law Center | DDF (2018);

Postgraduate Course in Medical Secret, Personal Data and Clinical Process, Biomedical Law Center | DDF (2020).

Professional experience:
Lawyer internship at Graça Moura, Pimenta, Paiva Brandão & Associados. Shortly after completing the internship (2001), joined the law firm Valença, Machado & Associados, and became a partner in 2008. In 2013, Joana founded the law firm JDS Advogados, a project she managed and which remained active until February 2018.

Associate of the Portuguese-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Member of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA).


  • Recognized Key Lawyer by The Legal 500 (2021);
  • Recommended Lawyer by Leaders League in the Labour Law area (2021);
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in the Labour and Employment Law area (2020);
  • Finalist of the “Iberian Lawyer Labor Awards 2020 – Portugal”, for the category of Non-contentious / Advisory.
  • PRA-Raposo, Sá Miranda & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados, SP, RL. (ahead, PRA), headquartered in Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca, N.º 82, 1.º Dto 1250-193 Lisboa and Tax Registration Number 505 253 739 is the Controller.
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