Louis V. Martinez has achieved an exceptional record, aggressively representing clients in civil and criminal investigations and litigation before federal and state courts. Highly experienced in jury trials at both state and federal levels, as well as directing pretrial discovery depositions, his cases have involved a wide range of matters, including health care fraud, mortgage fraud, construction fraud, money laundering, and high-profile criminal defense. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS).
“The law can be interpreted in many ways, but I have learned that the best prepared and best presented case almost always scores a win. In this regard, I am an aggressive advocate for my clients.”
Among his many notable cases are Florida v. Andrew Cashmere, who was facing up to life in prison and was acquitted of all charges despite overwhelming evidence against him, and U.S. v. Reynaldo Guerra, who faced over 30 years for Medicare Fraud in excess of $99 million. Mr. Martinez was able to secure a resolution for Guerra, who ultimately served less than six years in federal prison.
Fluent in English and Spanish, Mr. Martinez is frequently called upon by various media as a guest expert on topics ranging from high profile corruption, criminal law, and federal white collar crime.
He is proud to serve as the current Chairman of the Miami Dade Expressway Authority Board of Directors, appointed by the Miami-Dade County Commission.
Mr. Martinez has an accomplished and varied background in the law. Before establishing his private practice and prior to joining Diaz Reus, Mr. Martinez was the Deputy Chief Assistant Attorney General for the Medicaid Fraud Unit in Florida, where he was responsible for the recovery of multiple millions of dollars in criminal restitution orders and more than $20 million in civil recoveries over a four-year period.
Mr. Martinez was also a former Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and served for six years as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago, Illinois, prosecuting defendants charged with felony offenses, among others.
Committed to the community and the legal profession, Mr. Martinez has served in a variety of high profile positions. He is currently serving a third term on the Miami Dade Expressway Board of Authority, where he is the current Chairman of the Board. In this role, Mr. Martinez became a sought-after legal guest expert for the South Florida media on transportation policy matters.
He is also a former appointed district representative of the Miami Dade Charter Review Task Force; former Vice Chairman, Criminal Procedure Rules Committee for the Florida Bar Association; and former Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Miami Beach Community Development Corporation.