Global Managing Partner

3400 Miami Tower

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

+1 305-375-9220

Michael Diaz, Jr.

Michael Diaz is a multilingual litigator, trial lawyer, and arbitral advocate with 31 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, and cases of alleged money laundering and public corruption in the United States, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Mr. Diaz is recognized and ranked in Chambers Latin America 2018 for “Corporate Crime & Investigations, Latin America-wide”, Best Lawyers USA 2018Chambers USA 2017 for “Litigation”, Florida; Chambers Latin America 2017 and Chambers Global 2017 for “Fraud”, Latin America-wide; 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-rating from Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review rankings for more than 20 years. He is also listed among the Best Lawyers in Panama for “Litigation”.  Mr. Diaz is a certified anti-money laundering specialist (ACAMS).

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

Certifications & Specializations

  • Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS)

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