Michael Diaz, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated International Attorney in Miami, FL

Diaz, Reus & Targ, LLP
 | 100 SE 2nd Street, Suite 3400
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: 305-375-9220
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • International (20%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%),
  • Immigration: Business (10%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Michael Diaz, Jr., is the founding and global managing partner of Diaz, Reus & Targ, LLP. Headquartered in Miami, Florida.

Diaz Reus offers a global practice centered around national and transnational parallel proceedings and transactions in the following broad areas: sovereign and sovereign entities, trade, finance, and fraud litigation and arbitration; asset identification, location, tracing, and recovery; white collar crime, regulatory, and criminal investigations and defense in matters of corruption, bribery, money laundering, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, OFAC, Specially Designated Nationals, and the Bank Secrecy Act; and politically sensitive investigations, including the recovery of U.S. immigration status and visas.

Headquartered in Miami, Diaz Reus has 15 offices worldwide in cities throughout the U.S., Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

Mr. Diaz has more than 30 years' experience advising clients, trying cases, and negotiating complex civil and criminal disputes. 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 Fraud and Government Investigations, Latin America-wide, in Chambers Latin America. He is listed in Best Lawyers® USA and Best Lawyers Panama, the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys, and earned ongoing recognition from his peers, maintaining an AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review rankings for more than 20 years. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS).

As a skilled litigator and experienced international business transactions attorney, Mr. Diaz adroitly represents victims of financial fraud - including pyramid and Ponzi schemes, RICO and money laundering - and aids them in the recovery of significant assets.

Since earning his J.D. with cum laude honors from the University of Miami School of Law in 1986, Mr. Diaz has advocated on behalf of numerous high-profile clients such as multinational corporations, foreign officials and international financial institutions. He served as Assistant State Attorney to Janet Reno, both investigating and prosecuting cases involving corruption, drugs and finance matters.

In addition to regularly publishing both English and Spanish case opinions on international issues, Mr. Diaz is a frequent and honored lecturer on multinational banking concerns, anti-money laundering and other legal topics.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

International (20%)

Business Litigation (30%)

Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Immigration (10%)

Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%): Arbitration

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: White Collar: White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Arbitration


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Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018

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White Papers

  • Understanding Anti-Corruption Issues in Latin America - An In-Depth Look at Recent Developments and Upcoming Trends (2010) - Fighting Fraud and Corruption in Latin America: A Guide for Assisting Corporations, Financial Institutions, and Their Officers and DirectorsBy: Michael Diaz, Jr.

  • ANTI-SUIT INJUNCTIONS: PROTECTING U.S. BUSINESSES INOVERSEAS MARKETS (2007) - DEALING WITH INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DISPUTES Every day, U.S. companies ship goods to hungry markets throughout the world. The advantages to U.S. businesses of penetrating foreign markets and establishing a solid market share are clear. Less obvious, however, are the potential dangers that U.S. businesses might encounter in dealing with foreign partners. While these relationships are often amicable and quite profitable, they can also sour very quickly.

  • About Michael Diaz, Jr.

    Admitted: 1986, Florida

    Professional Webpage: http://diazreus.com/dt_team/michael-diaz-jr/

    Honors and Awards:

    • Recommended in both Best Lawyers USA and Best Lawyers Panama for litigation and arbitration., Best Lawyers®, 2016
    • Recommended for Latin America-wide, Fraud & Corporate InvestigationsChambers Latin America, Recommended Lawyer, Chambers Latin America, 2016
    • Chambers USA: "Sources regard Michael Diaz as 'extremely smart' with an 'excellent strategic approach.' He maintains a well-regarded practice encompassing both civil and criminal proceedings, particularly in the area of financial fraud.", Star Individuals, Chambers USA, 2015
    • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce International Business Leadership Award for BUSINESS EXCELLENCE, International Business Leadership Award: Business Excellence Award, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, 2013
    • Top 50 Latin America's Legal Stars, Latin Business Chronicle, 2012
    • Most Effective Lawyers, Daily Business Review, 2012
    • Top 100 Latinos Miami, Fundacion Fusionarte of Spain, 2011
    • Top 100 Minority Business Awards, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, 2010
    • Top 30 Lawyers in Latin America, Latin Business Chronicle, 2010
    • Top Entrepreneurs of Florida, Hispanic Target Magazine, 2010
    • Attorney of the Year, Banca & Finanza Magazine, 2010
    • Power Players in the International Law Category, Business Leader Media, 2009
    • Business Leader of the Year in the International Law Category, Business Leader Media, 2009
    • Top 100 Small Business Awards, Business Leader Media, 2009
    • Ranked among the top five by Latinvex., Top Litigation Firms in Latin America, Latinvex
    • Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    • Top Lawyers, International Law, South Florida Legal Guide
    • Top 10 Firm Watch List, Asian Legal Business Magazine
    • High Impact Leader, Florida Trend Magazine for Global Affairs
    • International Business Leader Awards, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
    • Legal High Flyers, Asian Legal Business Magazine
    • Top 30 Lawyers Latin America, Latin Business Chronicle
    • Martindale-Hubbell AB rating

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS)

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Latin and Venezuelan-American Chambers of Commerce
    • Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists
    • Florida International Bankers Association
    • Former President, Director, and Officer, Cuban America Bar Association
    • American Association for Justice
    • National and Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Primerus, the International Association of Lawyers and Professional Advisors, Member Association, White Collar Crime Committee
    • International Bar Association
    • Former President, Director, and Officer of the Cuban America Bar Association
    • Dubai International Financial Center
    • U.S. Court of International Trade
    • 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals of New York
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • Middle District of Florida
    • Southern District of Florida
    • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
    • Florida

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Active Member numerous Civic and Philanthropic organizations; regularly recognized for personal and charitable contributions to youth, health, civic, and social causes.

    Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

    • In an ever-increasing global business environment, anti-corruption laws become critical for the welfare of companies and countries around the world.  Where economies are still developing, such laws and their accompanying compliance provisions are essential for securing a reputation as a safe place to do business.  As such, several countries have enacted laws to regulate how companies, domestic and foreign, conduct business.  Prominent examples include the U.S. and U.K., but emerging market countries such as Brazil and Mexico have also recently enacted similar anti-bribery and anti-corruption legislation., Author, Fighting Corruption in International Transactions, Global Legal Group, International Financial Crime, 2016
    • 2015 Overview of Business Crime in Latin America,  2015 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Business Crime, Author, Overview of Business Crime in Latin America,, Global Legal Group Ltd., London, 2014
    • Whistle-Blowers, Dodd-Frank and the FCPA: The Perfect 'Anti-Competative' Storm for U.S. Businesses
    • Fraud Victims 'Breaking The Bank'
    • Asset Hunting and Anti-Money Laundering: Justice on the Trail of Tears
    • The Black Gold Rush
    • Cisneros family member Milagros Cisneros Fajardo agrees to pay $9.25 million to end suit
    • Making Banks Pay for Madoff’s Fraud
    • Presenter, Annual Educational Conference, American Judges Association, Montreal, Canada
    • Presenter, Ninth Annual Money Laundering Conference, Miami Beach, Florida
    • Presenter, XXIII Latin-American Congress on Banking Law, Latin American Banking Federation (FELABAN) and the Banking Association of El Salvador (ABANSA), San Salvador, El Salvador
    • Speaker, Fifth Annual Latin-American Money Laundering Conference, San José, Costa Rica
    • Speaker, Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), Florida International University, Miami, Florida
    • Instructor, "Money Laundering Prevention," Universidad de Salamanca, Bogotá, Colombia
    • Faculty Member, "Corruption and Terrorism: Risks and Challenges of the XXI Century," 2nd International Conference, Florida International University, Latin American Caribbean Center, Miami, Florida
    • Speaker, "When to Litigate, When to Mediate, and When to Arbitrate?", 2nd Annual Conference on Dispute Avoidance and Resolution, "Smartly Using Alternative Resolutions to Boost the Bottom Line of your International Business", LexisNexis, Shanghai, China
    • Keynote Speaker, CCPIT First "China-Latin America Business Summit", Santiago, Chile
    • Speaker, "Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists" (ACAMS) Middle East – North Africa International Money Laundering Conference", Dubai
    • Speaker, "Doing Business in the Middle-East", Middle-East Conference, Business Information Asia, Singapore
    • Speaker, Lexis Nexis Third Annual Conference on Dispute Avoidance and Resolution,  Beijing, China
    • Speaker, Latin Finance Conference, The Latin-American Mid East Investors Forum, Dubai, UAE
    • Speaker, "Forfeiture of a Bank's Assets and How Financial Institutions Can Protect Themselves", 9th Annual FIBA AML Compliance Conference, Miami, FL
    • Speaker, V Conferencia Internacional, "Antilavado de Dinero y Contra el Financiamiento al Terrorismo", Caracas, Venezuela
    • Panel Speaker, "Unfair commercial practices: is there effective consumer protection?" 2009 Madrid Conference, International Bar Association, Madrid, Spain
    • Speaker, "Los cruces entre el lavado de dinero y los fraudes financieros, esquemas Pirámides, Ponzi y otros, las mejores practicas y controles para evitar siendo victimas." Marcus Evans Conferencia de Prevención y Mitigación de Fraude en la Empresa, Ciudad de México
    • Panelist, " Colombia Post-Uribe: Predicting the Impact on Business", WorldCity Global Connections, Coral Gables, Florida
    • Panelist, "Conducting Internal Fraud Investigations & Related Issues" and  "Foreign Corrupt Practices Act - A 21st Century Perspective",  ACCA's 2010 South Florida In-House Counsel CLE Conference, Fort Lauderdale
    • Panelist, "How to Integrate Fraud and AML to Protect the Bank", 11th Annual FIBA Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Conference, Miami, Florida
    • Redfield Investments, A.V.V. vs. Village of PineCrest (International Service of Process)
    • Guevara vs. Republic of Peru (Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act)
    • Cedeño vs. Cedel International, et.al. (RICO)
    • Honduran National Soccer Federation (FENAFUTH) vs. Traffic Sports (International Arbitration)
    • Elsevier Publishing vs. PPT Subscriptions (Copyright Law)
    • Argentine Bondholders Class-Action  (Asset Recovery)


    • Does your company make payments to foreign entities or non-U.S. individuals?If yes, you may have tax withholding requirements under US Tax Code Section 1441: Withholding & Reporting Requirements. By: Michael Diaz, Jr., Miami Office; Arti Sangar, Miami OfficeTax Code Section 1441 sets forth the requirements for tax withholding that applies when a U.S. entity makes payments to a foreign person. Many U.S. companies, however, are either unfamiliar with the applicable rules, or are unaware of the significant risks of non-compliance. Every US company making payments to foreign persons has reason to be concerned about the potential 1441 liability.  US companies making payments to non-U.S. citizens should review the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) protocols and key points relating to withholding tax to assess their level of compliance. Learn more by linking here... , Diaz Reus Legal Counselor - The Legal Counselor

    Educational Background:

    • University of Miami, School of Business, B.B.A. in International Finance, 1983
    Office Location for Michael Diaz, Jr.

    100 SE 2nd Street
    Suite 3400
    Miami, FL 33131

    Phone: 305-375-9220


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