GLOBAL LEGAL SERVICES FOR DISTINGUISHED CLIENTS
Miami-headquartered Diaz Reus is a global legal practice focused on national and international parallel proceedings and business transactions in the following broad areas, with Board Certified lawyers in international and immigration law:
Fraud, civil litigation and arbitration
White collar crime, regulatory, criminal investigations and defense in matters of corruption, bribery, money laundering, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, OFAC, Magnitsky Act, CAATSA, Specially Designated Nationals, the Bank Secrecy Act and other US law violations
Asset investigations, identification, location, tracing, and recovery
Politically sensitive investigations and the recovery of US immigration status and visas
Sports and entertainment law
Immigration, tax and estate, family law
Sovereign trade, commerce, banking, real estate, intellectual property, capital markets, and finance
Corporate/financial institutions, governance and compliance
Blockchain and cryptocurrency
Diaz Reus serves US-based and global clients, including multinational corporations, import and export companies, manufacturers, technology companies, government entities, heads of states, political parties, public officials, financial institutions, entrepreneurs, family offices, high net worth individuals, and athletes and entertainers. Diaz Reus is an entrepreneurial, enterprising, emerging-markets law firm providing traditional legal services across all industries while focusing on promising new business opportunities for its clients. The firm is dedicated to growing and protecting its clients’ assets and securing their long-term stability. From twenty-three offices located throughout Latin America, the US, Western and Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, our multicultural lawyers operate seamlessly, giving clients access to boots-on-the-ground, global legal counsel.
Diaz Reus offers U.S. and international legal services. Multicultural, multilingual attorneys provide international legal representation in high-stakes litigation and precedent-setting legal matters in various areas of practice. Reach, experience, and acute know-how are the hallmarks of Diaz Reus international attorneys.
From our Miami, Florida headquarters and offices around the world, we help individuals, companies, and government entities transact business and resolve disputes at home and abroad. Our international attorneys, solicitors, and foreign legal consultants speak English, Spanish, Czech, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Hindi, Italian, French, Portuguese, Dutch, and German. Together, they work seamlessly from our offices in the U.S., throughout Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, winning a variety of notable cases in domestic and international tribunals and arbitral bodies around the world.
Michael Diaz, Jr.
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 2019 for “Corporate Crime & Investigations, Latin America-wide”; Chambers USA 2018 for “Litigation, Florida”; Best Lawyers USA 2019 for “International Arbitration – Governmental and Commercial”; 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 (CAMS).
University of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude
University of Miami, School of Business, B.B.A., International Finance
11th Circuit Court of Appeals
Southern District of Florida
Middle District of Florida
U.S. Supreme Court
2nd Circuit Court of Appeals of New York
U.S. Court of International Trade
Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS)
Areas of Practice
Litigation and Arbitration
White Collar Crime, Government Sanctions (OFAC, Magnitsky, CAATSA, GLOMAG, etc.), investigations and defense
Fraud and Asset Recovery
Regulatory and Corporate Investigations, Governance and Compliance
Athlete Representation & Entertainment Law
Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights, Asset Collections
Corporate, business transactions and international trade
Estate & Tax Planning
Bankruptcy and Asset Recovery
Certifications & Specializations
Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS)
Chambers Latin America
Global Investigation Review 100 (GIR 100)
Latinvex Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers 2018: FCPA & Fraud; Arbitration & Litigation
Best Lawyers® USA: International Arbitration – Governmental and Commercial
South Florida Legal Guide: Top Lawyer: International, International Litigation
Best Lawyers® Panama: Litigation
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent-rated
Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Silver 2019
Florida Super Lawyers: International, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Business Litigation, Immigration
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
Member of the Board of Advisors of Latin America Advisor, a publication of The Dialogue, Leadership for the Americas.
Espionage: Coordinated defense of multiagency investigation of various U.S. Homeland Security Agent’s and the successful defense of private attorney for alleged acts of espionage, violations of trading with the enemy, corruption, kickbacks and money laundering.
Corruption & OFAC: Successfully represent and avoid criminal charges for bankers and financial institutions for alleged role in laundering funds from a PDVSA kickback, bribery and corruption (FCPA) scheme, terrorist financing and OFAC violations.
Asset Recovery: Represent bank supervising government authority in asset recovery matters.
Money Laundering: Successfully represent and avoid criminal charges for attorney and agricultural pesticides importers alleged to have conspired in a foreign exchange money laundering scheme.
Arbitration: Representation of government owned mining and minerals company in parallel U.S. and European based arbitrations.
Corruption, Money Laundering & OFAC: Successfully represent and avoid criminal charges for in-house oil company counsel alleged to have conspired in FCPA, corruption, bribery, OFAC and money laundering violations.
Visa Revocation: Successfully represent banker in the recovery of U.S. visa for alleged violations of significant acts of corruption.
Corruption and Money Laundering: Represent sports marketing officials in FIFA corruption scandal, pre- and post-indictment and sentencing.
OFAC, SDN/SDNT: Successfully represent Mexican national in removal from OFAC list as Specially Designated National (SDN/SDNT) for his alleged ties to “El Chapo” Guzman.
Arbitration: Represent U.S./Qatar based engineering company in arbitration proceedings against Brazilian construction company behemoth Odebrecht.
Litigation: Represent joint venture partners in multimillion dollar commercial litigation dispute against founding partners of Miami based Law Firm.
Asset Recovery: Represent commercial bank in collection of credit facilities extended in U.S., Europe, and Latin America.
OFAC: Represent cruise line and hotel start-up in Cuba.
Project Finance and OFAC: Represent Middle Eastern liquid natural gas (LNG) producers and investors in projects in Latin America, Caribbean, and Cuba.
Class Action and Asset Recovery: Represent class action bondholders against the Republic of Argentina for defaulting on millions of dollars in bonds.
Intellectual Property and Litigation: Represent Chinese goods manufacturers for alleged trademark violations.
Corruption and Money Laundering: Represent individuals alleged to have conspired with former Treasurer of foreign government in money laundering, corruption, bribery/kickback schemes and various criminal law violations.
Compliance: Represent Central Bank on FINCEN, Sanctions Programs, OFAC and anti-money laundering compliance and regulatory issues.
OFAC: Advise and counsel Russian financial institution on prohibited activities and permissible transactions under sanctions regime.
Visa Revocation: Represent former Minister of Energy in Central America to avoid revocation of US Visa.
Visa Revocation: Represent family members in successful agricultural conglomerate in Central America in recovery of their visas which were revoked for alleged acts of corruption.
FCPA and Money Laundering: Represented former assistant to Minister of Energy and Power (Electricity) for alleged kickbacks, bribery, corruption and money laundering scheme in South America.