Michael Diaz, Jr.

Michael Diaz, Jr.: Attorney with Diaz, Reus & Targ, LLP
  • Founding & Global Managing Partner at Diaz, Reus & Targ, LLP
  • Miami Tower at International Place, 100 S.E. 2nd Street, Suite 3400, Miami, FL 33131
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  • Expertise includes cross border litigation, arbitration and transactions.
  • Peer Reviews
    5.0/5.0 (1)
    Client Reviews
    100% Recommended (3)
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Michael Diaz, Jr. is a skilled business lawyer, multilingual litigator, trial lawyer, and arbiter with over 30 years of experience advising clients, trying cases, and negotiating complex civil and criminal disputes, including visa recovery and defense of OFAC violations and Specially Designated Nationals classifications. He represents U.S. and international clients in business matters including, joint ventures, acquisitions, and other commercial transactions, where he is deeply experienced in domestic and international trade, customs, finance, and banking. Additionally, he counsels on preventative litigation strategy and conducts parallel investigations in complex, high-stakes regulatory and compliance matters, including instances of financial fraud, international asset recoveries, white-collar crimes and the recovery of U.S. visas and legal status. While acting as special counsel on behalf of U.S. receivers, financial institutions, foreign government entities, and individual victims of financial fraud, his sophisticated asset recovery techniques have netted millions of dollars in stolen proceeds. He is qualified to represent clients before U.S. administrative and governmental agencies, arbitral bodies, U.S. state, federal, and appellate courts, and frequently serves as advisory co-counsel outside the U.S. in international litigation and arbitration matters in Latin America, the Middle East, and China. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS) and is admitted to practice before U.S. federal courts and administrative bodies, Florida courts, and the Dubai International Finance Center (DIFC).

Prior to private practice, Michael served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office for the Honorable Janet Reno, former U.S. Attorney General and Miami-Dade State Attorney. In 1990, he joined and later became a named partner in an AV-rated international litigation firm where he litigated complex financial and international money laundering cases. In 1998, he founded Diaz, Reus & Targ, LLP, also earning the distinction as a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated law firm, and quickly grew the firm to include 18 offices in strategic international cities. He currently serves as Diaz Reus’ Global Managing Partner. Throughout his career, Michael has earned various awards and recognition, including: • Chambers USA • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating • Best Lawyers – International • Chambers Latin America • GIR 100 • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers • Florida Super Lawyers • Top Lawyers, International Law, South Florida Legal Guide • Most Effective Lawyers-International Law, Daily Business Review • “100 Latinos – Miami” • Legal High Flyers, Asian Legal Business Magazine • Top Latin America’s Legal Stars, Latin Business Chronicle • Top Five Litigation Law Firms of Latin America, Latinvex • Most Influential Hispanic Attorney, Poder Hispanic • Top Entrepreneur of Florida.

Publications include: • An Overview of Business Crime in Latin America, ‘The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Business Crime.’ (Global Legal Group Ltd., 2014-17 Editions). • ‘Aspatore Special Report: Understanding Anti-Corruption Issues in Latin America.’ (Thompson Reuters, 2011). Contributing Author. • ‘Violencia, Criminalidad y Terrorismo.’ (Foundation for a Positive Venezuela, 2006).

Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS).

Areas of Practice (15)

  • RICO and Commercial Litigation
  • International Litigation
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • International Arbitration
  • Complex Commercial Disputes
  • Financial Services, OFAC, FCPA, Bank Secrecy Laws and Money Laundering Compliance and Litigation
  • International and Domestic White-Collar Criminal Defense
  • Asset Forfeiture
  • International Fraud and Asset Recovery
  • International Government Relations
  • International Customs and Tax
  • International Corporate Bankruptcy, Creditors' Rights, Asset Recovery and Liquidation Proceeding
  • International Mergers and Acquisitions
  • International Finance
  • Government Investigations

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
877-667-4458  Phone
305-375-9220  Phone
305-375-8050  Fax
University Attended:
University of Miami Business School, B.B.A. in International Finance, 1983
Law School Attended:
University of Miami Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1986
Year of First Admission:
The DIFC Courts, Dubai International Financial Centre Courts; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; 1986, Florida and U.S. District Court, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida including Trial Bar; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Court of International Trade; U.S. Supreme Court
The Florida Bar; Dade County Bar Association; Cuban American Bar Association (Former President, Director and Officer); American Bar Association International Section; International Bar Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Florida International Bankers Association; Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists.
Spanish and English
Birth Information:
Havana, Cuba, 1960
Reported Cases:
United States of America v. Yi-Lan Chen (OFAC); Eligio Cedeño v. Intech Group, Inc, et all (RICO); Silvia Seijas, et all v. Republic of Argentina, (Argentina Bond Case/ Asset Recovery); Elsevier Publishing v. PPT Subscriptions (Copyright Law); Honduran National Soccer Federation FENAFUTH v. Traffic Sport (International Arbitration); Canon Latin America, Inc. v. Lantech (International Anti-suit Injunction); José Guevara v. Republic of Peru (Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act); Redfield Investments, A.V.V. v. Village of Pinecrest (International Service of Process); Siemens A.G., BenQ Corporation, & Qisda v. JUTAI 661 Equipamentos, et al. (Trademark Infringement and Counterfeit Goods).
( Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists ACAMS )
Hobbies & interests:
Travel, Music, Sports and Entertainment, and Philanthropy.
Payment Information:
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available
  • Minority - Owned

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 (1 review)
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Judge on 03/16/12 in Criminal Defense

    Truly excellent attorney who prides himself on providing a caring and professional approach to the practice of law.

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Client Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 (3 reviews)
  • 100% (3 recommendations)
  • Silver Client Champion
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  • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 08/14/18 in White Collar Crime.

    Outstanding responsiveness and impressive knowledge of US Public Attorneys and Court system

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  • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 06/24/18 in Corporate Law.

    Michael Diaz is an extraordinary lawyer, with an amazing track-record. He deeply cares about you as a client and as a person. He is excellent. I highly recommend him.

    Michael Diaz is an extraordinary lawyer, with an amazing track-record. He deeply cares about you as a client and as a person. He is excellent. I highly recommend him. Read less

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Miami, Florida

  • Miami, FL
    Miami Tower at International Place , 100 S.E. 2nd Street, Suite 3400
    Miami, FL 33131

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