Meet The Authors
Michael Diaz, Jr.
Global Managing Partner, Founder, of Diaz Reus international law firm, and noted litigator is focused on helping corporate and individual victims of international financial fraud recoup assets—Ponzi schemes (including Madoff and Standford), pyramid schemes, money laundering, and RICO litigation. (See BusinessWeek “The Asset Hunters,” July 6, 2009.)
Cuban-born bilingual international attorney and former Assistant State Attorney for Janet Reno, successfully investigating and prosecuting highly publicized corruption, economic, drug and other cases. Over 25 years in private practice defending and investigating noted Latin American money-laundering and public corruption cases: Montesinos, Aleman/Jerez, Casablanca, Rosemont, and more.
International Law Practice
Represents multinational corporations, multinational financial institutions, foreign governments, foreign officials and high-profile individuals in sensitive regulatory, civil and international criminal matters. Most recent published case-opinions on international matters:
- Argentine Bondholders Class-Action (Asset Recovery) Writ and order
- Elsevier Publishing vs. PPT Subscriptions (Copyright Law)
- Honduran National Soccer Federation (FENAFUTH) vs. Traffic Sports (International Arbitration)
- Canon Latin America, Inc. vs. Lantech (C.R.), S.A. (International Anti-suit Injunction)
- Guevara vs. Republic of Peru (Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act)
- Redfield Investments, A.V.V. vs. Village of PineCrest(International Service of Process)
Frequent Guest Lecturer on International Fraud, Money Laundering, Banking, and Asset Recovery topics
Highly honored and frequent guest lecturer and commentator on international legal and banking issues.
- AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell,
- Designated 2011 “Most Effective Lawyers,” International Law Category by the South Florida Daily Business Review.
- Selected as a 2011 “100 Latinos Miami,” a project that identifies and recognizes a group of individuals from a variety of professional backgrounds and age groups in the South Florida area, and who by virtue of their talent and success contribute to the economic, social and cultural development of the region.
- Latin Business Chronicle selection as a 2012 “Top 50 Latin America’s Legal All Stars” selection based on a number of criteria, including involvement in recent prominent deals in Latin America.
- See complete list of honors and achievements here.
Brant C. Hadaway, Partner
Seasoned bilingual (English/Czech) attorney and partner at Diaz Reus & Targ, focusing his practice on international commercial disputes on behalf of foreign and domestic clients in the U.S. and abroad.
Played key role in 2008 multimillion-dollar media-rights dispute win for Honduran Soccer Federation (Federacion Nacional Autonoma de Futbol de Honduras), earning his Diaz Reus team a Daily Business Review nomination for Most Effective Lawyers in International Law and likely giving other Latin American soccer leagues more leeway in breaking monopolistic control over media rights.
Admitted to practice in Florida, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, United States Supreme Court, and Supreme Court of England and Wales. Also skilled in arbitration, deceptive trade practices and consumer fraud litigation, insurance coverage, employment law, international law, maritime law.
Formerly in motion picture and television industry. Holds degrees in criminology from Florida State University, motion picture production from University of Southern California, and Juris Doctor from the University of Miami. Previously associated with Mase & Lara, P.A., Miami.
His University of Miami Law Review article “Executive Privateers: A Discussion on Why the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act Will Not Significantly Reform the Practice of Forfeiture” cited in numerous articles and seminars on forfeiture and money-laundering.
Gary E. Davidson, Partner
High-stakes international litigator and arbitrator with noted successes in state and federal courts and before AAA and other arbitral tribunals. He is designated as “Top Lawyers 2013” International Litigation, South Florida Legal Guide, “Florida Super Lawyers” 2013 (International Law), Florida Super Lawyers Magazine, and “Most Effective Lawyers,” International Law Category by the South Florida, Daily Business Review for successful efforts as legal counsel for Venezuela’s Banco Latino.
Frequent speaker and author on international law, he currently sits on the Executive Council of the Florida Bar’s International Law Section.
In 2013 he was selected to the steering committee for the”International Disputes” group of International Referral, playing an influential role in the collaborative development of attorney members of International Referral, the worlds largest group of advisory firms.
Former adjunct professor of law, Nova Southeastern University School of Law, he was also a visiting lecturer in International and Comparative Law, University of Tartu, Estonia, and Comenius University, Slovakia. Former liaison to Slovakia for American Bar Association Central and Eastern European Law Initiative, providing advice and assistance to various Slovak governmental and judicial organs at independence.
Concentrates on appellate litigation, with an emphasis on international civil and commercial disputes and white collar criminal defense. Regularly appears before state and federal courts of appeal on behalf of individual and corporate clients from Central America, South America, the Caribbean and the U.S.
Fluent in Spanish, Arabic, and English, aiding in transnational client communication.
Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).
Experience arguing cases before state and federal appellate courts, researching and drafting motions at all litigation stages, and serving as issue-preservation counsel at trial and arbitration hearings.
Prior to joining Diaz Reus, served as Assistant Public Defender, appellate division, Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s Office, litigating dozens of appeals of complex felony offenses; and litigation associate in Miami offices of major New York, and Chicago firms, White & Case, LLP, and Arnstein & Lehr, LLP respectively.
Recent Published Opinions:
- Canon Latin America, Inc. v. Lantech. Obtained anti-suit injunction for DRRT client Canon Latin America, Inc., prohibiting Costa Rican distributor from prosecuting $6.3 million claim for allegedly violating Costa Rica’s Representatives of Foreign Companies Act. A case of first impression and legal significance regarding foreign anti-suit injunctions.
- José Guevara v. Republic of Peru. In a precedent decision, successfully pierced the Republic of Peru’s attempt to insulate itself, using the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA), as a defense to avoid payment of a $5 million bounty for the capture of international fugitive and spymaster Vladimir Montesino.
- Gary Lamar Polite v. State of Florida. Challenged in Florida Supreme Court scope of criminal statute making it a felony to resist a law enforcement officer with violence, even where no evidence existed that accused knew of officer’s official status. Click here for media coverage on the case. Read the Supreme Court Opinion.
Representative cases and experience:
- Successfully appealed trial court order dismissing, pursuant to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, complaint against foreign government and two of its ministers for failing to pay a $5 million reward offered for information leading to capture and arrest of international fugitive.
- Represented Venezuelan financial institution in successful appeal of trial court order denying additional time extension to serve U.S. and foreign-based defendants with summons and complaint in an action to collect on defaulted loan.
- Defended major U.S. corporation against foreign distributor’s appeal of an order granting an anti-suit injunction.
- Represented Miami-based auto parts wholesaler convicted of conspiring to launder proceeds of criminal acts occurring in United States and Suriname.
- Defended an orchid importer convicted of violating Convention On International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna before U.S. Court of Appeals in novel challenge to application of U.S. sentencing guidelines.
- Reversed default judgment on behalf of foreign client not properly served with summons and complaint in real-estate dispute.
- Successfully appealed, in conjunction with Nova University’s Innocence Project, order denying motion for post-conviction DNA testing of evidence recovered from decades-old crime scene.
- Recovered on appeal multi-million dollar property on behalf of client whose former wife violated terms of the parties’ marital settlement agreement.
- Obtained confession of error from Florida prosecutors after arguing on appeal that trial court erred in denying motion for post-conviction relief where the trial lawyer failed to disclose his client’s legal use of prescription medication prior to pleading guilty.
- Long-term interest in juvenile justice issues, representing children challenging the violation of their due process rights. Successfully petitioned Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal three times for habeas corpus relief on behalf of illegally detained children. The decisions are reported at S.C. v. State, 860 So. 2d 1018 ( Fla. 3d DCA 2003), D.B. v. State, 848 So. 2d 1219 (Fla. 3d DCA 2003), and A.M.V. v. State, 840 So. 2d 1071 (Fla. 3d DCA 2003).
- Designated a “Most Effective Lawyers,” International Law Category, 2011 by the South Florida, Daily Business Review for successful efforts as legal counsel for Venezuela’s Banco Latino.