Michael Diaz is a multilingual litigator, trial lawyer, and arbitral advocate with 32 years of experience advising clients, trying cases, and negotiating resolutions to complex civil, arbitral and criminal disputes.
He has extensive experience handling visa recovery efforts, FCPA and OFAC violations, and Specially Designated Nationals classifications. He regularly counsels on preventative arbitration and litigation strategies and conducts parallel investigations in complex, high-stakes regulatory, investigative and compliance matters that involve financial fraud, international asset recovery and white-collar crime. Mr. Diaz’s sophisticated asset tracing techniques have resulted in millions of dollars in recoveries for U.S. receivers, financial institutions, and individual fraud victims. He has handled numerous notable, well-publicized litigation and arbitration cases, OFAC and sanctions matters, and cases of alleged money laundering and public corruption.
Mr. Diaz is recognized and ranked in Legal500 USA 2018 for “Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense: Advice to Individuals”; Legal500 USA 2018 for “International Litigation”; Chambers Latin America 2019 and Chambers Global 2018 for “Corporate Crime & Investigations, Latin America-wide”; Chambers USA 2018 for “Litigation, Florida”; Best Lawyers USA 2018 for “Arbitration – Governmental”; Best Lawyers Panama 2018 for “Litigation”; Florida Super Lawyers International Law and Top Lawyers Honors for South Florida Legal Guide; Global Investigation Review 100 (GIR100). He is recognized by the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys and listed among the Top Litigators in Latin America by Latinvex. Mr. Diaz has earned ongoing recognition from his peers, maintaining an AV Preeminent-rating from Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review rankings for more than 20 years. Mr. Diaz is a certified anti-money laundering specialist (ACAMS).
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.
University of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude
University of Miami, School of Business, B.B.A., International Finance
Florida11th Circuit Court of Appeals
Southern District of Florida
Middle District of Florida
S. Supreme Court2nd Circuit Court of Appeals of New York
S. Court of International Trade
Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS).
Florida Bar Association?
American Bar Association
International Bar Association
Cuban American Bar Association, Past-President, officer, and director
Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
International Association of Lawyers and Professional Advisors
Miami International Arbitration Society
National and Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Florida International Bankers Association
Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists
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.