4 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Native Austinite Andrea McWilliams

Andrea McWilliams is one of the most famous women in Texas. Many people perhaps know her as a political fundraiser and Lobbyist with many skills that have made her succeed in all the different issues that she engages in. However, there are a number of things about Andrea that people don’t know. The following are some of those things.


She Has Received Several Awards and Recognition

Over the span of her career, Andrea McWilliams has received quite a number of awards and recognition as a top lobbyist and political fundraiser that she is. She was named Texas’ Top Lobbyist back in 2009 and is also the recipient of the “Profiles in Power Award”; all by the Austin Business Journal.

She is also a 2012 recipient of the “Austin Under 40” Award and was also honored by the Austin-Statesman as their Glossy 8 list member. There are also other honors and awards that she has received over the years and she continues being awarded and recognized for her exemplary work.



Besides being a top lobbyist, Andrea is also a community volunteer and philanthropist who has been part of many charitable causes. She is for instance Long Center’s Notable Women inaugural member, 2012 Mamma Jamma Ride honorary chair, and a long term member of St. David’s Hospital Toast of the Town Committee. She is also a board member of numerous non-profit organizations.


She Has Three Kids

Andrea McWilliams is married to Dean McWilliams, and together they were blessed with three children whom they raise at their Old Enfield home where they currently reside.


She Works Alongside Her Husband as a Lobbyist

Andrea McWilliams works alongside her husband, Dean McWilliams, who is also a co-founder at their McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultants. This makes them a unique Democrat/Republican lobbying team that well-represent their clients across the political divide.


Some Brazilian Lawyers Still Standing Tall Amidst Compromised Legal Education

Lawyers are numerous in Brazil.A recent finding released by the National Council of Justice (CNJ) ranked the country third globally regarding the number of lawyers. The second position went to the United States, while India was ranked first. This phenomenon may be explained by the numerous law schools in the South American country. Interestingly Brazil boasts of more law schools than all the nations of the world combined. One would think such a high numbers translated to scores of registered lawyers. But that is hardly the case, what with only about 800 are approved by the Brazilian Bar Examination, BBA.

The quality of law education is also low; some of the widening courses in law are substandard and not recommendable. The Ministry of Education (MEC) is overseeing many of these questionable courses. And to improve quality, MEC started inspecting all the courses offered at the universities to elevate the dwindling standards. The Ministry also targets to reduce law students that do not meet the threshold of approval of the Brazilian Bar Examination by the time they graduate so as to equip would be graduates with the needed prerequisites for the Brazilian Bar.

Amidst this entire shambles, Brazil has gone on to produce exemplary legal minds whose acumen of achievements has gained global recognition. Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho is one of them; his legal career has spanned for over 22 years. His specialty is in civil and commercial litigation, banking, corporate restructuring, international law and electoral law, in business law.

Mr. Tosto graduated Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie. He also holds a post graduate in Business Administration at FAAP. Currently, he is a member of the BBA, the Law Firms and Research Center (CESA) and the International Bar Association. He helped found the Brazilian Institute for Electoral and Party Law Research. He has widely published articles and reviews and is always a true asset on legal matters at events and conferences.