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Bernardo guides clients through all stages of complex commercial litigation and proactive risk assessment on insurance coverage matters.

Insurance companies, financial institutions and investors are among the worldwide clients that rely on Bernardo’s counsel. He has handled a range of commercial matters in and out of the courtroom including:

  • Breach of contract actions
  • Corporate governance
  • Securities
  • Contributory and comparative negligence
  • Statutory bad faith
  • Data protection
  • Tag-along rights
  • Takeover disputes
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Restructuring
  • Late notice
  • Declaratory judgment

Having practiced in the United States and Brazil, clients appreciate Bernardo’s broad international perspective on preventative compliance, litigation and arbitration. He has also served as general counsel for two major insurance companies, giving him a critical understanding of how business and legal decisions converge.




  • Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2019


  • LL.M., University of Michigan Law School
    • Michigan Grotius Fellow
    • International Arbitration and Insurance Law
  • LL.B., Federal University of Rio de Janeiro


  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • Brazil

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Order of Attorneys of Brazil


  • Portuguese, native
  • Spanish, proficient

Insurance Litigation & Compliance

  • Served as Secretary to the President of arbitral tribunal in international arbitration proceedings involving denial of insurance coverage for $1.2-billion risk and multimillion-dollar securities and valuation dispute. Drafted procedural orders, communications with counsel, decisions on discovery requests (Redfern Schedule) and partial and final awards.
  • Represented various insurers in complex commercial coverage matters, including disputes arising under Commercial General Liability (CGL), directors and officers/fidelity, professional liability, reinsurance and first-party property policies.
  • Assisted major insurance company in revamping corporate compliance department by drafting new code of conduct, installing internal investigations processes and anticorruption directives, as well as hosting company's employee workshops.

Financial Litigation

  • First-chaired administrative proceedings before regulatory agency Brazilian Superintendence of Private Insurers (SUSEP), amounting to nine appellate wins and more than $2 million in overturned regulatory sanctions.
  • Represented financial institutions and minority shareholders before Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil (CVM).
Media Mentions | August 14, 2019
The Missouri Bar: MoveMakers & NewsMakers 8/14/19
News Releases | August 01, 2019
Bernardo Zito Porto Joins Husch Blackwell's Kansas City Office

Zito Porto focuses his worldwide practice on all stages of complex commercial litigation and proactive risk assessment on insurance coverage matters.

Outside the Office

A proud University of Michigan alumnus, Bernardo follows Wolverines football and basketball. The sports he enjoys playing himself are soccer and volleyball. And he’s a devoted reader who reboots each night by reading at least a couple of pages, even as he and his wife are busy with two very young children.

Community Leadership
  • International Relations Council of Kansas City (IRCKC)
  • Alumni Association of the University of Michigan

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