José Francisco Manssur is a co-founder and has been a partner of Ambiel, Manssur, Belfiore & Malta Advogados since 2008. He was an associate of the litigation division of Pinheiro Neto Attorneys for nine years, where he participated in the creation of the Sports Law Group, and was head of Cabinet at the Department of Metropolitan Transportation of the State of São Paulo between 2006 and 2008. He provides a full advisory service to clubs related to the drafting of contracts, institutional representation with governmental bodies and federations and confederations, including in the international level. José represents clubs and players in civil lawsuits and with consumer defence bodies and with sports tribunals. He is a member of the Deliberative Council and former Vice-President of Marketing and Communication of São Paulo Futebol Clube, and an auditor with the Superior Tribunal of Justice for Basketball, connected to the Brazilian Basketball League. José has contributed to several publications on sports law.