Global Managing Partner

Board Certified, International Litigation & Arbitration

3400 Miami Tower

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

+1 305-375-9220

Michael Diaz, Jr.

Florida Bar Board Certified International Litigation and Arbitration* attorney Michael Diaz is a multilingual litigator, trial lawyer, and arbitral advocate with 35 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, OFAC and sanctions matters, and cases of alleged money laundering and public corruption.

Mr. Diaz is recognized and ranked in Legal500 USA 2020 for “Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense: Advice to Individuals”; Legal500 USA 2020 for “International Litigation”; Legal 500 Latin America 2021 for “Miami firms”, “International Arbitration” and “Compliance and Investigations”; Chambers Latin America 2021 and Chambers Global 2021 for “Corporate Crime & Investigations, Latin America-wide”; Chambers USA 2020 for “Litigation: general commercial, Florida”; Best Lawyers USA 2021 for “International Arbitration – Governmental and Commercial”; Best Lawyers Panama 2019-2020 for “Corporate and M&A”; Florida Super Lawyers International Law and Top Lawyers Honors for South Florida Legal Guide; Global Investigation Review 100 (GIR100); Latinvex 2020: Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers for “FCPA & Fraud” and “Arbitration & Litigation”. 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 Preeminent-rating from Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review rankings for more than 20 years.  Mr. Diaz is a certified anti-money laundering specialist (CAMS).

*Only Board Certified Specialists have taken the extra step to have their competence and expertise evaluated. Board certification establishes an independent measure of competence, professionalism and peer acknowledgement. A lawyer who is board certified is recognized as “having special knowledge, skills and proficiency in the practice area and good character, ethics, and a reputation for professionalism in the practice of law.”   

“Michael Diaz is an extraordinary attorney who is well prepared and experienced" and "cares about you as a person and not just as a client.”

Chambers USA
“Michael Diaz of Diaz Reus & Targ LLP is praised by market sources for his professionalism and ability to "get straight to the point and give the client the information they really need.” 

Chambers Global
“Michael Diaz is experienced in complex compliance matters, notably financial fraud and cross-border white-collar crime.”

Chambers Latin America
“He is routinely retained by a broad roster of clients, including multinational corporations, public officials and financial institutions. He stands out to interviewees for being efficient, effective and attentive to clients.”

Chambers Global
“Michael Diaz offers a broad litigation practice covering commercial disputes and criminal matters at both trial and arbitration. He is noted as having a complete understanding about the legal procedures and the best routes to be followed - his performance is excellent.” 

Chambers USA

“Michael Diaz, who takes the lead in cross-border criminal cases is the guru; he has great people skills and a level of confidence that assures clients about how a case is being handled. He is an extraordinary, skilled and sophisticated attorney.”


“Michael Diaz has a long-standing practice advising on investigations and compliance matters involving financial fraud, international asset recovery and white-collar crime. Clients commend his 'leadership skills," and highlight "his impressive knowledge and availability.'”

Chambers Latin America

Michael Diaz is “a great visionary who has the ability to observe cases from a broad perspective and put together a strategy based on his great experience.”

Chambers USA

"Managing partner Michael Diaz Jr. (who has earned a reputation as is ‘a guru' among his clients) takes the lead in cross-border criminal disputes and also has experience in commercial arbitration.”

Legal 500 USA

"Clients single out Michael Diaz for his 'professionalism, knowledge and fluent Spanish and English.' He is the one you want if you have a legal matter on your hands.”

Chambers Global

"Michael Diaz is a savvy strategist and exhibits very strong negotiating instincts."

Legal500 USA

"Michael Diaz and his team of specialists in financial fraud, international asset recovery, anti-money laundering, OFAC and FCPA have been more than helpful to our bank."

Legal500 USA

"Michael Diaz, Robert Targ and Juan Vargas are highly trained and experienced lawyers, with an exceptional analytical ability. They go directly to the important points, have great bargaining power, and thorough knowledge of the laws and the paths to be followed to find the solution to the problem."

Legal500 Latin America

"Michael Diaz, like the rest of his team, is extremely fair, human, identifies with the client’s situation, and works hard without limits to achieve convincing results in the cases."

Legal500 Latin America

"The performance of Dr. Michael Diaz Jr. and that of his team is simply spectacular, the coordination, the treatment of his clients in a professional and ethical way makes them position themselves in the excellence of the results obtained in favor of their clients."

Legal500 Latin America

"Unquestionably its knowledge, professionalism, and treatment of clients make the difference over other competitors. It is important to highlight the excellent leadership of Michael Diaz, Marta Colomar and Gary E. Davidson."

Legal500 Latin America


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


  • 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
  • Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS)

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation and Arbitration
  • White Collar Crime, Government Sanctions (OFAC, Magnitsky, CAATSA, GLOMAG, etc.), investigations and defense
  • Fraud and Asset Recovery
  • Regulatory and Corporate Investigations, Governance and Compliance
  • Athlete Representation & Entertainment Law
  • Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights, Asset Collections
  • Corporate, business transactions and international trade
  • Estate & Tax Planning
  • Real Estate
  • Bankruptcy and Asset Recovery
  • Family Law

Certifications & Specializations

  • Board Certified by the Florida Bar in International Litigation & Arbitration
  • Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS)


  • Legal500 USA 2020: International Litigation
  • Legal 500 Latin America 2021: “Miami firms”; “International Arbitration” and “Compliance and Investigations”
  • Chambers USA 2020: “Litigation: general commercial, Florida”
  • Chambers Global 2021: “Corporate Crime & Investigations, Latin America-wide”
  • Chambers Latin America 2021: “Corporate Crime & Investigations, Latin America-wide”
  • Global Investigation Review 100 (GIR 100), 2020 edition
  • Leaders League USA 2021: Compliance & Fraud
  • Latinvex Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers 2020: FCPA & Fraud; Arbitration & Litigation
  • Best Lawyers® USA 2021: International Arbitration – Governmental and Commercial
  • South Florida Legal Guide 2021: Top Lawyer: International Criminal Defense
  • Best Lawyers® Panama 2020: Corporate and M&A
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent-rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Silver 2020
  • Florida Super Lawyers 2020: International, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Business Litigation, Immigration
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Professional Leadership

  • Florida Bar Association​
  • American Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Cuban American Bar Association, Past-President, officer, and director
  • Member, Trial Law Institute
  • Member, Diversity Law Institute
  • Barrister, Order of Centurions
  • Advocate, Order of Certus
  • International Association of Lawyers and Professional Advisors
  • Miami International Arbitration Society
  • National and Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Florida International Bankers Association
  • Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists
  • Member of the Board of Advisors of Latin America Advisor, a publication of The Dialogue, Leadership for the Americas.

Representative Cases

  • Espionage: Coordinated defense of multiagency investigation of various U.S. Homeland Security Agent’s and the successful defense of private attorney for alleged acts of espionage, violations of trading with the enemy, corruption, kickbacks and money laundering.

  • FCPA/ Corruption/ Money Laundering:
    Represent former PDVSA (Venezuelan state owned oil & petroleum company) and Citgo official in pre – indictment FCPA corruption and money laundering investigation tied to government officials in Venezuela.
  • FCPA/ Corruption/ Money Laundering:
    Represent former PDVSA manager in post – indictment FCPA corruption and money laundering investigation involving U.S. and multinational corporations.
  • FCPA/ Corruption/ Money Laundering:
    Represent former official at CORPOLEC (Venezuelan state owned electric & power company) in defense of criminal complaint for FCPA corruption and money laundering allegations.
  • Interpol/ Money laundering: 
    Represent attorney in defense of money laundering investigation who is alleged to have been complicit in the laundering of illicit funds tied to the former President of Argentina.
  • Corruption & OFAC: Successfully represent and avoid criminal charges for bankers and financial institutions for alleged role in laundering funds from a PDVSA kickback, bribery and corruption (FCPA) scheme, terrorist financing and OFAC violations.
  • Asset Recovery: Represent bank supervising government authority in asset recovery matters.
  • Money Laundering: Successfully represent and avoid criminal charges for attorney and agricultural pesticides importers alleged to have conspired in a foreign exchange money laundering scheme.
  • Arbitration: Representation of government owned mining and minerals company in parallel U.S. and European based arbitrations.
  • Corruption, Money Laundering & OFAC: Successfully represent and avoid criminal charges for in-house oil company counsel alleged to have conspired in FCPA, corruption, bribery, OFAC and money laundering violations.
  • Visa Revocation: Successfully represent banker in the recovery of U.S. visa for alleged violations of significant acts of corruption.
  • Corruption and Money Laundering: Represent sports marketing officials in FIFA corruption scandal, pre- and post-indictment and sentencing.
  • OFAC, SDN/SDNT: Successfully represent Mexican national in removal from OFAC list as Specially Designated National (SDN/SDNT) for his alleged ties to “El Chapo” Guzman.
  • Arbitration: Represent U.S./Qatar based engineering company in arbitration proceedings against Brazilian construction company behemoth Odebrecht.
  • Litigation: Represent joint venture partners in multimillion dollar commercial litigation dispute against founding partners of Miami based Law Firm.
  • Asset Recovery: Represent commercial bank in collection of credit facilities extended in U.S., Europe, and Latin America.
  • OFAC: Represent cruise line and hotel start-up in Cuba.
  • Project Finance and OFAC: Represent Middle Eastern liquid natural gas (LNG) producers and investors in projects in Latin America, Caribbean, and Cuba.
  • Class Action and Asset Recovery: Represent class action bondholders against the Republic of Argentina for defaulting on millions of dollars in bonds.
  • Intellectual Property and Litigation: Represent Chinese goods manufacturers for alleged trademark violations.
  • Corruption and Money Laundering: Represent individuals alleged to have conspired with former Treasurer of foreign government in money laundering, corruption, bribery/kickback schemes and various criminal law violations.
  • Compliance: Represent Central Bank on FINCEN, Sanctions Programs, OFAC and anti-money laundering compliance and regulatory issues.
  • OFAC: Advise and counsel Russian financial institution on prohibited activities and permissible transactions under sanctions regime.
  • Visa Revocation: Represent former Minister of Energy in Central America to avoid revocation of US Visa.
  • Visa Revocation: Represent family members in successful agricultural conglomerate in Central America in recovery of their visas which were revoked for alleged acts of corruption.
  • FCPA and Money Laundering: Represented former assistant to Minister of Energy and Power (Electricity) for alleged kickbacks, bribery, corruption and money laundering scheme in South America.