Michael Diaz, Jr. is a skilled, 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 FCPA, OFAC violations and Specially Designated Nationals classifications. He also represents U.S. and international clients in 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, and white-collar crimes. 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 diverted 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 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 his own firm, earning the distinction as a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated law firm, and quickly grew the firm to include 16 offices in strategic international cities. He currently serves as Diaz Reus’ Global Managing Partner.
Throughout his career, Michael has earned numerous awards and recognition for his legal work, including: • Chambers USA • Best Lawyers • Chambers Latin America • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers • Million Dollar Advocates and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum • 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.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Michael graduated from the University of Miami School of Business Administration, earning an undergraduate degree in International Finance. In 1986, he graduated with honors from the University of Miami School of Law, where he served as Associate Editor of the Inter-American Law Review. He was also recognized for his trial advocacy skills, receiving the ‘Order of the Barrister’ National Excellence Award from the Wig and Robe Society.
Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist — Certifying board: Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS)
•An Overview of Business Crime in Latin America, ‘The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Business Crime.’ (Global Legal Group Ltd., 2014-16 Editions.)
•‘The Cubans, the History of Cuba in One Lesson.’ (Interamerican Institute for Democracy, 2012.) Contributing Author. •‘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.)