Michael Diaz, Jr. and Gary E. Davidson selected for Best Lawyers in America 2018
Miami FL — August 15, 2017 — Diaz Reus Global Managing Partner Michael Diaz, Jr. and Partner Gary E. Davidson have been recognized in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for their work in International Arbitration – Governmental. Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. The methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical and legal practice areas.
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 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).
Throughout his distinguished career, Gary Davidson has obtained favorable results for clients in complex international litigation, arbitration and commercial disputes and has also served as an arbitrator and mediator. In addition to his work on behalf of foreign government entities, he has extensive experience representing clients across multiple industries, including those in the real estate, hospitality, travel, and financial services sectors.
He was lead counsel in an arbitration against a South American airline that violated a charter agreement, resulting in a $3.8 million award for the client; he also spearheaded in arbitration the successful efforts of the Honduran national soccer team to negotiate multimillion-dollar television contracts on its own behalf. In 2013, Mr. Davidson’s tireless efforts on behalf of a client who was sexually assaulted in a Mexican hotel, resulted in the Florida Supreme Court’s issuance of a seminal opinion reshaping the law on forum non conveniens in all of Florida’s courts.
Mr. Davidson has an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell® and is a recognized practitioner in Chambers USA 2017 for “Litigation”. He has consistently been recognized as a “Top Lawyer” in international litigation and arbitration by the South Florida Legal Guide and named to the “Florida Super Lawyers” roster in international law by his peers on a yearly basis. He is a frequent speaker on topics related to international legal disputes and has published numerous articles in law reviews and periodicals. His rich career includes positions as an adjunct law professor at the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, where he taught courses on international litigation and as a visiting lecturer in international and comparative law at both the University of Tartu, Estonia and Comenius University, Slovakia. He is admitted to practice in Washington, D.C., Arizona and Florida.
About Diaz Reus
Serving U.S.-based and global clients, including multinational corporations, government entities, public officials, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals, Diaz Reus is an entrepreneurial, enterprising, emerging-markets law firm providing traditional legal services, while focusing on new business opportunities for clients. The firm is dedicated to growing and protecting client assets and securing their stability. From offices in Miami, New York, Los Angeles and Washington to Dubai, Shanghai, Madrid, Frankfurt, Prague and ten offices throughout Latin America, the firm’s multicultural lawyers operate seamlessly in international courts and arbitral tribunals, giving clients access to boots-on-the-ground, global legal counsel.
Marta Colomar-Garcia, Administrative Managing Partner