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Miami, Florida 33131

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Background

Born in Havana, Cuba, Mr. Diaz graduated from the Business School at the University of Miami in 1983, earning an undergraduate degree in International Finance.

In 1986, Mr. Diaz graduated with honors from the University of Miami School of Law. While at the University of Miami, he served as Associate Editor of the Inter-American Law Review, and was recognized for his trial advocacy skills receiving the “Order of the Barrister” National Excellence Award from the Wig and Robe Society.

Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Diaz served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office from 1986 to 1990 for the Honorable Janet Reno, former U.S. Attorney General and Miami-Dade State Attorney. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Mr. Diaz became a Division Chief, where he primarily investigated and prosecuted corruption, economic, and major crimes cases including highly publicized homicide cases such as the Julia Tuttle Causeway Lovers Lane Double Murders and the Murder of Rookie Miami Police Officer, Nathaniel Broom.

In 1990, Mr. Diaz 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 Diaz Reus & Targ, also earning the distinction as a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated law firm.

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Miami, School of Business, B.B.A., International Finance

Admissions

  • Florida
  • 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
  • Dubai International Financial Center

Accolades

Frequently acknowledged for his legal skills, Mr. Diaz has been named to the Top 50 Attorneys Specializing in Latin America by Latinvex, a leading online news magazine. He was an honored 2013 Top Lawyer as designated by the South Florida Legal Guide, holds the distinction of the Most Influential Hispanic Attorney In Miami, awarded by Poder Hispanic, and was named a top 50 Latin America’s Legal Stars of 2012 by the Latin Business Chronicle.

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated
  • Chambers USA
  • 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”, Fundacion Fusionarte
  • Legal High Flyers, Asian Legal Business Magazine
  • Top Latin America’s Legal Stars, Latin Business Chronicle
  • Top Lawyers of Latin America, Latinvex
  • Most Influential Hispanic Attorney, Poder Hispanic
  • Top Entrepreneur of Florida

Professional Leadership

  • Cuban American Bar Association, Past President and former officer and director
  • International Bar Association
  • International Association of Lawyers and Professional Advisors
  • Miami International Arbitration Society
  • American Bar Association
  • National and Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Florida International Bankers Association
  • Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists
  • Various civic and philanthropic organizations

Professional Recognition

Michael Diaz, Jr. Atty at LawDistinguished by Chambers and Partners as a Leading Lawyer in the 2015 USA Guide for Florida Litigation, Mr. Diaz was also featured in Business Week Magazine for his work on behalf of victims of financial fraud. He is often sought after by the media, throughout the world, as a background source for comment on international legal and business issues. He is a frequent guest lecturer and contributor at international legal and banking seminars and was selected among the top international experts in the anti-money laundering field to join the faculty of the first graduate level course on “Money Laundering Prevention” at the University of Salamanca, sponsored by the Latin-American Banking Federation. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.

Mr. Diaz serves on Inter-American Dialogue’s Board of Advisors, Latin America Advisor—Financial Services, regularly contributes articles to legal periodicals and trade journals around the world, and is a contributing author to books such as:

  • An Overview of Business Crime in Latin America, ‘The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Business Crime.’ (Global Legal Group Ltd., London, 2014, 2015 Editions.) Co-Author.
  • Colombia – Business Crime, ‘The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Business Crime.’ (Global Legal Group Ltd., London, 2014, 2015 Editions.) Co-Author.
  • ‘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.’ (Thomson Reuters, 2011.) Contributing Author.
  • ‘Violencia, Criminalidad y Terrorismo’ (“Violence, Criminality and Terrorism”). (Foundation for a Positive Venezuela.)