Global Managing Partner

3400 Miami Tower

100 S.E. 2nd Street, Miami, Florida 33131

+1 305-375-9220

Michael Diaz, Jr.

A skilled litigator, trial lawyer, and arbiter with 30 years of experience advising clients, trying cases, and negotiating complex civil and criminal disputes, Michael Diaz, Jr. specializes in visa recovery and defense of FCPA and OFAC violations and Specially Designated Nationals classifications.

He is qualified to represent clients before all U.S. administrative and governmental agencies, arbitral bodies, and U.S. state (Florida), federal, and appellate courts. He frequently serves as advisory co-counsel outside the United States in international litigation and arbitration matters. He is a Certified Anti-money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS).

Chambers and Partners rank Michael Diaz, Jr. among a very select group of practitioners in Chambers USA for the practice category General Commercial Litigation – Florida and for Fraud and Government Investigations, Latin America-wide, in Chambers Latin America. He is named to “Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers” by Latinvex, listed in Best Lawyers® and the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys, and has earned ongoing recognition from his peers, maintaining an AV-rating from Martindale-Hubbell for more than 20 years.

Mr. Diaz also represents clients in cross-border transactions – joint ventures, sophisticated mergers, acquisitions, and other deal making – where he is deeply experienced in domestic and international trade, customs, finance, and banking issues. Among his clients are entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals, foreign governments and their officials, Fortune 1000 multinational corporations, and financial institutions.

He regularly counsels on preventative litigation strategy and conducts parallel investigations in complex, high-stakes regulatory and compliance matters including instances of financial fraud, international asset recoveries, and white-collar crimes. While acting as special counsel on behalf of U.S. receivers, financial institutions, and individual victims of financial fraud, Mr. Diaz’s sophisticated asset recovery techniques have netted millions of dollars of stolen proceeds. Among his notable cases of money laundering and public corruption in Latin America are the investigation and defense of well publicized cases including, FIFA, Peravia Bank, Rosemount, Montesinos, Aleman/Jerez, and Casablanca. Notable U.S. Ponzi scheme cases include Madoff and Stanford.

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
  • S. Supreme Court
  • 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals of New York
  • S. Court of International Trade
  • Dubai International Financial Center

Areas of Practice

  • Appeals & Trial Support
  • Athlete Representation & Entertainment Law
  • Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights, Asset Collections
  • Business & Finance Transactions
  • Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Securities
  • Estate & Tax Planning
  • Family Law
  • Financial Institutions & OFAC
  • Fraud & Asset Recovery
  • Immigration
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Government Relations
  • International Tax
  • Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Personal & Business Services
  • Real Estate
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • White Collar Criminal

Accolades

  • Chambers USA
  • Chambers Global
  • Chambers Latin America
  • Latinvex  Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers® USA 2018: International Arbitration – Governmental
  • Best Lawyers® Panama 2017: Litigation
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated
  • 2017 Florida Super Lawyers: International, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Business Litigation, Immigration