Karel Suarez, associate attorney, helps U.S. and foreign investors enter the Cuban market, navigating OFAC regulations and the U.S. embargo. He is passionate about helping people achieve success and justice, which is why he started a new life in the United States, emigrating from Cuba on his own at the age of 19 to fulfill his dream of becoming a lawyer. He says, “there is power in knowing the law and providing answers that cannot be found on the internet.”
Upon arriving in Miami, Florida, Karel first completed English studies at Miami-Dade College, and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Management from Florida International University. He completed his formal studies, earning his law degree at Florida International University College of Law.
“My knowledge of the Cuban culture, international relations, U.S. law, and the current Cuban government is a significant benefit to Diaz Reus clients looking for commercial opportunities in Cuba,” he explains. Currently, he supports Diaz Reus partners, in matters of Cuban investment, U.S. commercial law, dispute resolution, and family and business immigration matters.
“I am eager to help investors enter the Cuban market, using the new regulations in place and my contacts in Havana.”
While working his way through bachelor and law degrees, Karel served as a legal intern for the Honorable Judge Darrin P. Gayles in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, conducting research for upcoming motions and attending trials in federal court. He also served as a legal intern in the narcotics division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, and completed an internship at the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., during the summer of 2015.
Karel was proud to serve as National President of the Law Student Division of the Hispanic National Bar Association and Vice President of the Student Bar Association at Florida International University College of Law. After hours, he enjoys playing soccer and is a semi-professional salsa dancer and instructor.