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).